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Kiting Activities (School Year 2019-20)


Start with an introductory level session. Get your Snow Kite Pass to develop your skills on local lakes. We send e-mail notices for roughly ten lake outings on windy days. The Intro fee can be applied to your pass if you decide to get one. The Annual Snow Kite Pass is $65 if you are a UMD Student and $135 for Others.

Kite Introduction Sessions (108001 Fall Semester) (205100 Spring Semester)

Learn to be a safe and efficient kite pilot with Professional Air Sport Association (PASA) Trained Snow Kite Instructor Randy Carlson and staff. We will introduce equipment design, safety concepts, harness use, kite launching, how to fly precision patterns, de-powering the kite for landing and proper storage. When you put it all together, you will be able to use the kite to pull yourself on short reaches across the softball field.
Tuesdays, 11am–1pm, Nov 5, 19, Jan 21
Fridays, Noon–2pm, NOV 8, 15, Jan 17
We Provide: Kites, Harness, Instruction
You Provide: Pants that can get grass stained, warm clothing that may include winter boots, snow pants, jacket with hood, mittens, hat, sunglasses.
Meet: RSOP Day Office, 153 SpHC
Cost per session: $8 UMD Student Members/$15 Others . Transferable to an alternate date if wind is less than 10 mph. All sessions available to Snow Kiting Pass holders. Deduct the Intro Session fee from your annual pass if you're hooked.

Kite Intro & One Lake Outing (108005)

Add one small group lake outing to your Intro Session. Deduct the fee from your annual pass if you're hooked.
Cost: $35 UMD Student Members/$90 Others

Snow Kiting Pass

Chase the wind with us. We send e-mail notices for roughly ten lake outings on windy days.
Cost: $65 UMD Student Member/$135 for Others.

Lake Outings

Island Lake kiting for all UMD RSOP Kite Members. If the forecast calls for at least 10mph winds, it's time to strap your equipment to your feet and learn to glide along using the kite's power. Stay upwind by flying the kite with precision in the power zones while carving. Try flying the kite in a pattern that lifts you up in the air. You must be able to safely launch, steer, de-power, & relaunch kite before traveling away from launch area and then you can feel the rush of a downwind speed run. At Island Lake a snowmobile will assist beginners that need help getting back up wind. What a rush!
Saturday, 11am–5pm, January 18, 19, 20, February 1, 2, 29, March 1
We Provide: kites, harness, helmets, instruction with snowmobile support.
You Provide: transportation to Island Lake, alpine or telemark skis and boots or snowboard and boots, helmet, snow pants, jacket with hood, mittens, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, snacks Skill Level: Open to all Kite Pass holders
Meet: At designated lake, maps provided
Cost: Must be a Snow Kite Pass holder.

Private Snow Kiting Instruction for the Community Members of Northern MN

Schedule a full day of snow kiting with your own instructor. Our on-call waiting list serves one or two people at a time. We will call you one day in advance of a full day kiting session to check your availability and make sure the wind forecast is reliable.
Cost: $150 per person/ $130 with two You become a Snow Kite Pass holder after your private session.
Contact Randy Carlson at 218–726–6177 or for more details.