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 Treble Cone, Wanaka, Otago New Zealand
The town is surrounded by the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, with spectacular mountains such as the Crown Range, Haast Pass, Roys Peak and Pisa Range and is close to Mount Aspiring National Park (World Heritage Area). Despite the mountainous landscape, the climate is considered to be continental, with fairly warm summers and temperatures that can reach up to 25°C/77°F, and cold winters with frequent snowfalls.
One of the biggest ski resorts near Wanaka is Treble Cone. It is situated at 29 km/18 mi from Wanaka and 90 km/55 mi from Queenstown, and offers a magnificent vertical rise over the Southern Lakes. The site is open from late June to late September and offers a great variety of facilities.
Although you cannot snow-kite within the ski field, there is a big kiting area just outside Tim’s Table on top of the Saddle Chair lift. If you follow the ridge to the West, you will find miles of untouched terrain. Perfect for intermediate to expert level snow-kiters. Enjoy the breathtaking alpine view!
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River Rafting Tour Class III / IV / V & outdoor experiences on Kaituna River.
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