I was told that anything over a 5m is simply to risky to fly on land. My naisch is a 16m so I figured it for sure was to big. Plus I'm new to the whole thing so I was cool with investing in something that would generate less power like a 5 or 6m. This will be my first time skiing behind a kite so I'm going to try it with a 2.5m first. Figure worse case scenario at least I don't get dominated by my kite
Larger than 5m is not too risky on land. I use my 12m, 9m kite's all the time in the winter. No extra risk there, just the usual. Hardly ever use my 5m.
A 5 or 6m LEI would be great on snow to start out with though, can be your high wind kite on water, so it's not wasted. A foil would work too, make sure it's got depower and it's a closed cell so you can use it on the water. But a 2.5m foil is a waste of cash IMO.