Contact   Imprint   Advertising   Guidelines

“…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

forum for snow- and landkiters


User avatar
Noahpz
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 544
Joined: Fri May 28, 2004 6:14 am
Kiting since: 2002
Style: Big mtn snowkiting w/ lots of freestyle
Brand Affiliation: Ozone
Location: Bozeman, Montana

“…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

Postby Noahpz » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:12 pm

One phone call and all it took were the words: “…it doesn’t get any better than this…” and I was packing my gear for a trip to the Great Falls area kite spots. My skepticism of the amount of snow was quickly transformed into excitement as I drove over the Belt Mountains. I was shocked at the amount of fresh snow piled up along the road, draping the timber, and blanketing the kite spot.

Rock steady wind and 16 degree powder the first day made for a superb sunset session on my 13m. It was so light and fluffy and not wind effected. Best of all the spot was loaded with features – gullies, wind lips, steep drops and lots of terrain choices. I kited well past sunset and let the moon take over in guiding me back to the launch.

Day two was stronger wind, 11m conditions, and I was fortunate to be able to reach the top of the local butte straight away. All morning and well into the afternoon I boosted and ripped this butte to shreds. Down below 1000 vertical feet I could see the local crew – Gary, Chris, Sarah, Dave - struggle to get their kites into the air and join me on top. For them it was not to be as the wind was just too light at the bottom of the butte. They eventually gave up and moved on to another kite spot leaving me to shred solo for the remainder of my session.

My end of the second day was capped off with a stop at the Spa Motel in White Sulpher Springs. The $5 soak in the hot mineral springs was a much needed ending to the past week of kiting and driving.

Thanks for reading and see ya out there,

Noah
Attachments
Flying Powder.jpg
Boosting on Rattlesnake.jpg
Lots of vertical.jpg
Nice Terrain.jpg
Kiting 'till sundown.jpg

nkvdp
Rare Poster
Posts: 36
Joined: Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:45 pm
Kiting since: 1999
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: “…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

Postby nkvdp » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:35 pm

Thanks your for sharing!
so niiiiice :clap:

criznach
Medium Poster
Posts: 170
Joined: Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:44 pm
Kiting since: 0
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Great Falls, Montana, USA

Re: “…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

Postby criznach » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:46 pm

Anyone in the area get in touch if you need a guide. We're always up for a session and hot spring detour.

lewmt
Frequent Poster
Posts: 290
Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:00 am
Kiting since: 2008
Local Beach: Mtns
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: “…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

Postby lewmt » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:24 pm

Did you find many sharks hiding up there? I sure did when we went over to the other launch. Sneaky bastards too. So many good stretches it didn't matter. No worries - Warm up the p-tex gun & go again. Lots of options from the backside to explore now. E. wind up there would be interesting. :jump:

fstdude
Rare Poster
Posts: 40
Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:42 am
Kiting since: 1999
Local Beach: Tiber Resevoir, Mission Lake, The gorge.
Gear: Slingshot Turbo 2
Brand Affiliation: None

Full moon session

Postby fstdude » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:37 am

I like the picture of the sunset session. Mike says he kited the midnite session Saturday 8PM to 11PM after everyone was gone. Total full moon clear sky.

User avatar
Noahpz
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 544
Joined: Fri May 28, 2004 6:14 am
Kiting since: 2002
Style: Big mtn snowkiting w/ lots of freestyle
Brand Affiliation: Ozone
Location: Bozeman, Montana

Re: “…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

Postby Noahpz » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:18 am

Here's a few photos of our last session on Rattlesnake Butte from Saturday, 10 Dec 2011. They are of Chris Archer demo-ing the 2012 Ozone Frenzy 9m. To be brief: He loved the kite!

The north side of the Belt Mtns has such amazing terrain. It's well worth the drive to session it after a storm. There is so much kitable terrain to explore in these hills.
Attachments
IMG_0107.jpg
IMG_0123.jpg
IMG_0125.jpg
IMG_0136.jpg
IMG_0137.jpg

fstdude
Rare Poster
Posts: 40
Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:42 am
Kiting since: 1999
Local Beach: Tiber Resevoir, Mission Lake, The gorge.
Gear: Slingshot Turbo 2
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: “…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

Postby fstdude » Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:33 pm

Here's Noah coming into a landing on the same day
Attachments
noah4.JPG

fstdude
Rare Poster
Posts: 40
Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:42 am
Kiting since: 1999
Local Beach: Tiber Resevoir, Mission Lake, The gorge.
Gear: Slingshot Turbo 2
Brand Affiliation: None

Re: “…it doesn’t get any better than this…”

Postby fstdude » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:07 am

Do you think 5 to 10 inches of fresh and 20 to 25 mph on Friday could bring some of the magic back?


Return to “Snow / Land”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest