The pioneers of snowkiting started out with a simple idea: if kiting is fun on water, then why not on snow? This new trend has established itself in Tirol in recent years, with a few regions specialising in this thrilling sport combining power and precision.
There are few feelings like harnessing the power of nature and letting yourself be dragged across snow or ice by the force of the wind. In recent years, snowkiting has grown to become one of the most popular modern snowsports. The principle is the same as on water: a large kite attached to a harness is used to catch the wind and pull the rider, who wears either skis or a snowboard, across the snow. The best spots in Tirol for experienced snowkiters or those who want to try out this sport for the first time are Achensee lake and the Nößlachjoch ridge near the Brenner pass connecting Austria and Italy. While the frozen lake is a good place for beginners to start out, the deep powder snow of the Nößlachjoch is popular with more experienced riders. On days with strong wind you can even let yourself be pulled back up the mountain by Mother Nature!
A handful of kite schools in Tirol offer taster courses and lessons. It is essential that those with little or no experience only try this sport with a trained instructor. That way they will stay safe, learn more – and have fun.