I have had more time flying the 12m Peak 2, so I thought I would write a follow-up to my first post.
Extreme wind - yesterday I flew the kite at Skyline on an uncommon east wind and 2 feet of new powder. The wind at the launch was around 15 knots, but once I got to the ridgetop it was easily doing 30 - 35 knots. In wind that strong, I decided to just glide off the hill rather than trying to make turns. The kite glides well and I did a number of glides. I also had the chance to use the depower cleat and it works nicely. Landing - the kite dropped like a stone even in 15 knots. I did let the kite go to the leash to avoid an unexpected power up.
Light wind - today I loaned the kite to a kiter that is experienced on the water, yet new to snowkiting. Wind was blowing around 8 - 10 knots at the launch and 12 - 15 on the ridge. Launch was fast and immediate with no pre-inflation necessary. It was rewarding to watch him zip past LEI riders that were struggling in some of the lighter spots to try and access the hill. He rode like he had been snowkiting for years. No struggling with the kite in wind shadow areas or struggling to relaunch. He dropped the kite once or twice, but immediately relaunched. Near the end of our session, I noticed the wind was dropping and signaled to him to head towards the road. Once again, he zipped by the LEI riders and made it to the shoulder of the road. The wind was dead and we walked a hundred yards back to the launch area. He was impressed with the kite. It was the perfect tool for him today.