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Snow Kiting, Wisconsin

A few weeks ago, I posted about how exciting Wisconsin sounds as a travel destination.  I had sent away for some guide books and pamphlets and the folks responsible for tourism must be the best!  Those items were in my mailbox within 3 days!  I think that says something about the pride they take in their state and the dedication they have to visitors.  I’m really impressed!  There are so many activities to experience in Wisconsin that it is hard to pick which one to start with.  On the inside pages of the first travel guide I received, I found something about snow kiting.  I’ve never heard of it and decided to find out what it’s all about.

Snow kiting is skiing across a lake pulled by a 16 foot wide kite or parachute.  Riders use skis or a snowboard while strapped to the kite.  Sometimes snow covered fields are used in place of an icy lake.  Here is a video on YouTube about this:

My Madison, Wisconsin travel guide mentions Lake Mendota specifically for this activity.  It says you can reach speeds up to 60 mph.  Outdoor UW, https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/outdoor-uw/, provides the kites, helmets, and instructors for classes.  You provide your own skis or snowboard.

Some riders do stunts such as jumping up to 30 feet in the air or going up and off ramps.

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Picture from Pinterest

Apparently, this sport is very popular in Europe but is gaining more traction in the U.S.  The main goal is having enough wind to propel you, so outdoor conditions can really impact how often you have the opportunity to enjoy this sport.

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Lake Mendota / Lake Monona map from Google

Looks like they have a great sense of humor in Wisconsin!

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On Lake Mendota.  Picture from Pinterest

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