FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do I need to be a good skier or snowboarder to enjoy snowkiting?
A: No, we do ask you to have some experience either skiing or snowboarding but by no means do you have to be an expert as you are not turning as much or going down hill at all to start with. Skis are a bit easier to learn on but if you snowboard there's no need to worry. Just bring the gear you are most comfortable on.
Q: Do I need to have strong arms to do it?
A: No, The first flying sessions will work them a bit but only with a small kite, as the kites get bigger we teach you to fly while harnessed in which takes the pull off your arms and distributes it throughout your body.
Q: What if there is no wind?
A: Kiting is difficult to do without wind but our training site seems to have kitable wind About 90% of the season. We do our best to keep up to date on the weather and we will let you know if we think conditions are not favorable for lessons. In this case the lesson can be booked for another date.
In the event there is no wind and we are already at the training area we will teach you as many of the skills you need that dont require wind and can demonstrate some of the skills on video in our warm up hut. Usually by then the wind will pick up and we can finish the lesson. If you dont get to fly a kite we can give you 50% of your money back or issue you a wind cheque allowing you to finish the lesson on another day.
Q: Can I get picked up in the air?
A: No, We start you out with small kites that should not have the power to pull you off the ground. As you progress to bigger kites in Level 3 lessons we actually teach you how to catch air with only the power of the kite and also how to avoid catching air unintentionally.
Q: What if I get cold?
A: Kiting is a lot of fun but not if you're freezing your butt off. We closely monitor our students to make sure they are comfortable and warm. Some students report being too warm as flying the kite can be a bit of work at first if they are over dressed. That is why it is best to dress in layers.
We also have an insulated and heated warm up hut to get out of the wind for breaks where we have hot non alcoholic beverages available to drink. When the temperature drops below – 20 degrees Celsius we cancel lessons for the day as the wind chill can be quite extreme in such weather and it becomes difficult to keep the extremities warm.
Q: How many students/instructor?
A: Our maximum ratio is 4 students to 1 instructor with 2 kites.
Q: How do we get there?
A: Generally we ask you to have your own transportation and meet you at a prearranged location in Canmore. Here we will discuss the days' plan and conditions, read and fill out waivers and make sure you have all the gear you need and answer any questions you may have. From there we will convoy up to the training area for the day. We'll get geared up and walk, ski or snowboard the short distance to our training area on the lake.
Q: Is snowkiting dangerous?
A: Like any new sport, snowkiting can be dangerous - especially without receiving proper instruction. At Rocky Mountain Snowkite safety is our number one priority. We do our best to make sure it is safe by teaching you all you need to know to practice this exiting sport in a safe manner.
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