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"The new sport
of Snowkiting, plus
in Canada and Alaska"
by David Cole
David's first topic will
be Snowkiting, which is a new sport that is an off shoot from
Kiteboarding in the water, and is a unique way for Snowboarders and
Skiers to access the backcountry. Primarily developed in Europe
snowkiting is becoming very popular in the US. Snowkiting has
opened up the backcountry as the ultimate playground without any ski
lifts in sight and no skinning up or snowshoeing.
Utilizing the power of the
wind the skier or snowboarder can use their kite to propel themselves
across the snow and even up hills. Riding the powder and even
jumping into the air with the aid of the kite is pure delight. The kites
come in various sizes and can handle wind from 8 to 50+ mph.
Snowkiting in Northern New Mexico.
Basic equipment is a large
traction kite, a harness to attach the kite to your body, and skis or a
snowboard. This presentation will show the equipment and preparation for
snowkiting, along with the best locations in New Mexico to do it.
Cole has been Kiteboarding
and Snowkiting for 6 years, and has a mountaineering background that
includes summits and snowboard descents of Mt Rainier, Mt Baker, Mt Hood
and Mt Shasta.
David's second topic will
be Heliskiing/Heliboarding in Canada and Alaska. When the wind stops
blowing an even better way to access the backcountry is in a helicopter.
Canada and Alaska have incredible Heli-ski operations, and since 2001 he
has done eight such trips. David will present a quick look at the
various options, terrain choices and ups and downs of Heli-skiing.
the top of a run in Valdez Alaska while heliskiing.
Twenty five years of
Snowboarding, fifteen years of Skiing, and eight Heli ski trips,
including Canada and Alaska, have given David a deep understanding and
appreciation for his sport. He is an avid backcountry snowboarder
with Silverton, Colorado, as a focal point.
David is also an
accomplished mountain biker of 20 years, and manages to do some rock
climbing as well, with a recent assent of Castleton Tower in Moab Utah.
Cole has lived in
Albuquerque since 1983 and was born 40 miles south of Moab Utah in 1963.