Kitesurfing - Utah USA

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

SLC, Salt Lake City (SLC) airport is 90 minutes north. It's definitely recommended to rent a car to get about to the different spots with your gear. Skyline is a back-country environment and offers no facilities on the mountain aside from restrooms.

All accommodations can be found in either Fairview or Mt. Pleasant - quiet towns nestled at the base of the canyon in the valley below, 20 minutes from the spots. There are hotels, cabin rentals and bed and breakfast ranches to choose from in Fairview, Mt. Pleasant and Spring City.

Skyline has only one bar, the Triangle Lounge. Other kite areas have more bars to choose from and at least one near the spots.


NON-KITING KICKS

There are plenty of non-wind activities including snow-shoeing, cross-country, skiing and snowmobiling - offering access to other areas in the region that do not have paved roads. A day trip to the San Rafael Swell leads to sandstone canyons and ancient Indian rock art.


POCKET MONEY

CURRENCY: US dollar ($) ?1 = $1.5 / ?1 = $1.4.
BEER = $3.
AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL (no alcohol) = $10 - $20.
AVERAGE HOTEL = $70 -$80. Discounts for snowkiters available near most kite areas though!


SNAPSHOT

Welcome to the greatest snow on earth! Easy access to ridge-top snow and a dynamic landscape has made Skyline a prime stop on any North American snowkiteroad trip. There are miles of open terrain and the entire mountain is suitable for every wind direction. Part of the Wasatch Plateau, Skyline is a high-altitude playground with rolling hills and steep cornices connected by flat open fields.


THE KITING

While there are many areas to ride and explore, the main spot is the Big Drifts parking area located at mile post 14 on Fairview Canyon road, offering flat areas for warming up and instructing with gentle slopes for hill-climbing that are perfect for any ability of snowkiter. There is plenty of open space to ride both up and downwind to avoid others on busy days. With snow in all directions it's easy to ride up-slope in almost any direction.

To the east Bosco's hill sits 300 feet above the launch site and provides the perfect angles for dialing in your mountain skills before heading south down the ridge in search of steeper runs. The typical wind from the southwest rolls up the gradual windward hill-sides and forms steep cornices on most north faces. Freestyle riders will find pockets to play in and features to session while back-country explorers will go down the ridge on excursions for miles.


SNOW, WIND AND WEATHER

Boasting a long winter season, snowkiters will come as early as November and enjoy spring conditions as late as May. Deep powder and wind-blown snow, nongroomed backcountry conditions. The prevailing wind is from the south or southwest, with storms bringing in west and northerly winds. The wind is moderate with average speeds between 10-20 mph.

The most consistent winds and deepest snow are usually found January through March. Winter storms are predominant in November and December, yet can roll through any time. Winter temperatures can range from -20 - +5C / 0 - 40 F.





Utah USA



Utah USA
Utah USA
Utah USA


Added: 2009-04-29

Region: Snowkiting

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