During the recent years, snow kiting attracts many fans among the snow sports. In Cortina d’ Ampezzo, in Veneto region, in the foothills of Dolomites mountains, this new trend has offered a different version, the kite surfing on the icy waters of the alpine lakes. In Passo Resia, the artificial lake Resia with its 6.6 km/4.1 mi long of surface is an ideal terrain for landing and sliding on the ice.
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Snow Kiting in Cardrona, Queenstown, Otago New Zealand
The town is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu and the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, with spectacular mountains such as the Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Ben Lomond. Queenstown and the surrounding area was the setting for the legendary films Lord of the Rings and X-Men Origins. Despite the mountainous landscape, the climate is considered to be oceanic, with warm summers and temperatures that can reach up to 30°C/86°F, and cold winters with frequent snowfalls.
One of the biggest ski resorts near Queenstown is Cardrona. Situated on the Cardrona Valley Rd, it is at 36 mi/58 km from Queenstown and 21 mi/34 km from Wanaka. The site is open from late June to early October and offers a great variety of facilities. Although you cannot snowkite withing the ski field, there is a huge kiting area towards Queenstown, just outside the resort.
The terrain is mostly flat on the top, while on the southwest side, it offers many opportunities for donwhill and uphill rides. Perfect for snowkiters of all levels!
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