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Feb
09

Take Me on a Magic Kite Ride


Bored with the normal practice of downhill skiing? Looking for something a bit more exciting and different? Good news, Vermont has you covered!

It’s called snowkiting and it combines two favorite activities of people, skiing, and being pulled around by forces of nature. It’s pretty simple, you take your skis (or snowboard) and then head out onto a lake and wait for the wind to pick up. Strapped into a harness you’re connected to the kite and control yourself similar to the idea of riding a motorcycle.

“We’ve had people ride over 100 miles in a day. You can go up around the islands, cruise around, cruise back, down wind,” instructor Rachael Miller said.

With speeds up to 70 mph recorded, you can go for quite a ride, or get taken for one. “I’m going to land right on my face for sure,” student Dolan Patrick said. “It’s a lot of movements to coordinate.”

[WCAX]


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