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Kite Skiing

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More and more people all over the world are becoming crazy about the new idea of a sport called kite skiing where you have to drive the dragon over the deep snows without being drowned. But the kite skiing is still in its infancy.

The origin of the dragon is back thousands of years, when China first built a dragon. In 1862 George Pocock revolutionized the hitherto but the 2-line system introduced by a dragon remained unchanged so that it can be controlled in the sky. Since the discovery that a large dragon sufficient force can implement to drive a vehicle, there were several attempts to exploit this property. The kite skiing finally began in the mid-80s, after some skiers crossed the bay with the help of a parachute. Since that times the ongoing technical development of the "Traction-Kites" began. An unusual feature of kite skiing, it is certainly that, in contrast to other alpine sports, it’s not only possible to move downhill, but also thanks to the kites one can pull uphill, when the wind allows. Annoying lifts are no longer needed and the slopes are no more limited and geographically dependent. Frozen lakes and glaciers suit best. They freely provide enough space to deal with the up to 12m ² Dragon move. In addition to a kite and a wind speed of at least 7 km / h, in deep snow about 12 km / h, because the friction due to the sub-surface structure is bigger, you need a seat harness, similar to windsurfing for the kite-skiing pleasure. Sufficient experience in handling a major driving Dragon should also be available, and finally, the immense wind forces, bring it to dominate. In any case, a first-rate newcomers are supposed to learn the proper handling and management of kites.

In the Swiss Engadine a popular destination for a kite skier is the Silvaplanersee. Here there are ideal conditions, especially for beginners. But true Kite ski professionals are attracted to Scandinavia, where kite skiing is already a tradition. The Norwegian kite skiing center is located in the region Finse, right on the train line from Oslo to Bergen. This area provides ideal conditions for kite skiing. In addition to the 80 km2 large glacier Hardangerjokulen you find trains rolling hills and valleys which deal with daily trips of up to 100 km distance by Kite here. Numerous obstacles without frozen lakes attract many athletes here. A visually appealing landscape can be found here apart from ideal conditions, the sport can be an unforgettable experience.


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