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.
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.