If Benjamin Franklin had flown a kite in a blizzard, it would have been weighed down by snowflakes, causing the kite to crash to the ground and the townschildren to be filled with sadness. Discover a happy mix of snow and kite with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour introduction to snowkiting class at Best Snowkite Center in Park City (a $175 value). Best Snowkite Center provides a range of snowkiting courses and clinics for all experience levels. Snowkiting is a winter sport where snowboarders and skiers use kite velocity to whisk them up or down the mountain or across flat snow. The intro class, held in the surrounding Park City area, teaches nippy novices about safety, weather conditions, power kites, rigging a four-line inflatable kite, learning how to fly a trainer kite, and how to build a kite out of scrapbooking supplies. Students who conquer the basics can make turns across the frosty terrain during their first lesson. Kites are provided, but everyone should bring their own skis or snowboard and helmet. Students without a board, skis, or helmet should contact Best Kiteboarding Center in advance to check availability and possible additional fees.
Utah Snowkite Center
The experts at Utah Snowkite Center lead courses and clinics on how to harness wind power across open, snow-dusted areas around Salt Lake City and Park City. In sessions ranging from beginner to pro level, students strap into harnesses, kites, and bars provided by the instructors and begin gliding along the snow, eventually learning how to perform tricks like spins and grabs or pulling a rabbit out of your ski boot. Students must provide their own skis or snowboards and helmets for each lesson. In addition to local excursions, Utah Snowkite Center also organizes snowkiting trips throughout the US and to international destinations such as New Zealand and Yukon.