“ The best place in the world to snow kite, Haugastøl :)
(Its what I think, I never been a better place snow kiting)
The mountain is my home and my way to get away from the big cities and all the people. I spend allot of time in the mountains when I was young and always miss it when I’m not there.
It’s the fresh air, the space, and using the power of the nature to do a sport that makes it so special. You never know what to expect in the mountains, and there is so big variety in conditions and impressions.
The Hardangervidda plateau sits at 1150m above sea level in south central Norway and runs for about 20 000sq km. The terrain varies from lakes and rolling hills to glaciers and cliffs – all above tree line and all eminently rideable. A highway cuts across the plateau, giving easy access to multiple kiting spots all within a 10min to 50min drive. Fresh tracks are possible every day. Right now it’s snowing and the conditions are perfect. I think it will be hard to find these conditions another place.
Kiting in the snow doesn’t mean that you need to do big air or jumps like spinning in all the direction. You can pack your bag and just go for a trip, uphill, downhill, from cabin to cabin. I never get bored because of all the possibilities (and for me) I love it all.
The equipment on the snow is easy to handle and easy to learn kiting with, the safety is good and you can easy manage the kite alone. Foil kite (snow kites) also means no cold fingers after pumping up the tube kite and butting the lines.
It’s easier to learn how to kite on snow than on water, and it’s a sport for everyone to enjoy. No need to be a top athlete or even have any prospects of being one. Snow kiting is for young and old and you don’t need as much power or wind to get out there.
Do you want to come to Norway look at www.haugastol.no for the best place to stay with a lot of snow kiters.”
Photos: Geir Norland.