Thanks to a wide diversity of terrain and The Greatest Snow on Earth®, Utah continues to redefine freestyle winter sports.
The slideshow below shows off Central Utah's Wasatch Plateau in Sanpete County, which boasts some of the globe's most ideal conditions for snowkiting. The expansive terrain of Powder Mountain Resort near Ogden in Northern Utah also has great terrain for learning to snowkite or mastering your technique of this relatively new outdoor winter sport.
Snowkiting, also known as kiteboarding (kite snowboarding) or kite skiing is the marriage of snow skis or boards and paragliding-like sails into one very GoPro-friendly activity. Imagine cross country skiing—sailing across snow and ice—propelled by a power kite and wind, carving and jumping on mountain tops.
The Utah Skyline Drive Snowkiting Area blends crosswind attacks ranging from 5 to 20 mph at a breathtaking 10,000 feet with the natural splendor of Utah's high country.
Where to Snowkite:
Skyline Drive in the Manti-La Sal National Forest of Central Utah, Powder Mountain near the Ogden Valley or snow-covered parks, frozen lakes and wide-open areas clear of overhead obstacles.
Powder Mountain: From I-15 take the Highway 89 exit north to the Ogden Canyon Scenic Byway S.R. 39 and S.R. 158.
Brand new to Snowkiting? Get some knowledge from the Utah Snowkite Center or sign up for lessons at Powder Mountain (gear included) and learn about Spot Safety Ratings. Then go case out kites that best fit your needs and don’t forget your helmet!
Postcards From the Road: Skyline Adventure
Get hooked on snow kiting: Renowned outdoor photographer Jeremiah Watt takes on Central Utah's high-plateau frontier, Skyline Drive, capturing perfect conditions for a killer day of snowkiting.
Perfect Skis for Perfect Powder
Excited about skiing Utah but not sure if you're properly equipped? A local expert can help:
Ogden Quick Guide
Family friendly, great dining and easy access to three world-class resorts. Powder Magazine ranked Ogden the #1 Ski Town in the U.S.