Much like kite boarding, snowkites allow skiers and snowboarders of all levels to catch the wind. Advanced snowkiters do it for extreme thrills: jumping, flying and speeding across snow-covered lakes and fields. But even beginners will be smitten by the euphoric sensation of being pulled by a kite across wide expanses of fast ice or fluffy fields of white.
Easy: Toronto Kite Club
Introductions to snowkiting are offered from December to April by certified instructors at the Toronto Kite Club. In two-hour clinics for beginners near Keswick on Lake Simcoe, or at Toronto’s Cherry Beach and Downsview Park, you will learn basic techniques and the major dos and don’ts of the sport. Three- and four-hour boot camps offer more intense, one-on-one training in kite set-up, launching, changing directions and riding downwind—all the starter info you’ll need to get serious about the sport.
More adventurous: Rocky Mountain Snow Kiting, Alberta
Natural wind tunnels on Spray Lakes near Canmore, Alta., make this spot, on the outskirts of Banff National Park, prime for snowkiting. Rocky Mountain Snow Kiting takes experienced snowkiters to extreme levels in all-day clinics, teaching you how to jump, fly and glide to soft landings either on skis or snowboards. The region boasts ice up to two metres thick in winter, plus plenty of snow-covered banks, platforms and islands—all ideal natural features for snowkiters to play on.
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Where to Go Ice Climbing in Canada
From scaling frozen waterfalls to ascending ice-covered rock walls, ice climbing is highly technical yet accessible winter fun in Canada. Beginners should try it at the Elora Gorge near Guelph, Ont., while the more experienced should head to Canmore to climb Alberta's Rocky Mountains.