Saturday, February 4, 2017

Session 10 of the 2017 snowkite season: Cass Lake better then expected

  2:45 - 5:00 (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Gear:   13M Z kite
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)  wind blown packed snow
Weather:  overcast/hazy day near 30 degrees
Wind: winds to 20 from the S-SW
Highlights: better then expected session, some good boosting and carving, looping the kite during the lulls

TRACK snowkite Sass Lake 2/4     
MAX SPEED: 19.30 mph
SKI DISTANCE: 21.84 miles

Chris making it work with a 9M on a 13M day

Friday, February 3, 2017

Session 9 of the 2017 snowkite season: Overpowered on Orchard Lake

Nice to be out on a rare bluebird day

TOB:  2:00 - 3:15 (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Gear:   11M Z1 kite
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)  wind blown packed snow
Weather:  Bluebird day near 22 degrees
Wind: winds to 30 from the WNW
Highlights:  Nice to kite with sunshine. Nice snow conditions, overpowered on my 11, should of rigged the 9 or 6.5.

TRACK snowkite orchard lake 2/3
MAX SPEED: 18.04 mph
AVERAGE SPEED: 11.73 mph
DISTANCE: 12.30 miles

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Session 8 of the 2017 snowkite season: Lake Leelanau with nearly bottomless hard packed conditions

Decided to head over to Lake Leelanau due to scarce coverage on Little Glen Lake.
Found snow conditions 100 % better there. Two days ago I noticed the radar showed several hours of LE snow falling over the northern part of the peninsula. I found snow depths up to 10 inches of heavy snow, not easily blown away by he winds. No bare spots, even coverage seemingly across the entire lake. Occasionally during a hard carve the base or ice could be felt.
Five other kiters were out kites ranging from 10-12 M.

TOB: 11:45-2:15
Gear:  13M Z Kite with Burton Hero board
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)  Fresh heavy powder 4-10 inches
Weather: Grey day, lite snow, near 30 degrees
Wind: NW 10-25 mph, drifting snow
Highlights: Almost bottomless. A heavy snowfall in the warmer temps made the snow a heavy packed powder. Another lofty, lifty day. Excellent carving in the seemingly bottomless heavy

TRACK L Leelanaw 2/1
MAX SPEED: 24.53 mph
DISTANCE: 27.33 miles