Speedflying

Speedflying

Speedflying (also known as speedriding) is a form of snowkiting, which is an outdoor winter sport where people uses kite power to glide on snow or ice. The sport is similar to kitesurfing, but with the footwear used in snowboarding or skiing. In the early days of snowkiting, foil kites were the most common type; nowadays some kitesurfers use their water gear such as inflatable kites. Snowkiting differs from other alpine sports in that it is possible for the snowkiter to travel uphill and downhill with any wind direction.

Snowkiting is becoming increasingly popular in places often associated with skiing and snowboarding, such as Russia, Canada, Iceland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and the Northern and Central United States. The sport is becoming more diverse as adventurers use kites to travel great distances and sports enthusiasts push the boundaries of freestyle, big air and back country exploration Riders can reach speeds over 90 miles per hour; descending from the top of Mont Blanc to the valley floor in Chamonix, 12,000 feet below takes about 10 minutes.

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