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PROGRAM SUMMARY

Start with an introductory level session. Get your Snow Kite Pass to develop your skills on local lakes. We send e-mail notices for roughly ten lake outings on windy days. The Intro fee can be applied to your pass if you decide to get one. The Annual Snow Kite Pass is $45 if you are a UMD Student and $115 for Others.

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KITE INTRODUCTION SESSIONS 205100

Learn to be a safe and efficient kite pilot with Professional Air Sport Association (PASA) Trained Snow Kite Instructor Randy Carlson and staff. We will introduce equipment design, safety concepts, kite launching, how to fly precision patterns, de-powering the kite for landing and harness use. When you put it all together, you will be able to use the kite to pull yourself on short reaches across the softball field. TUESDAY, 11AM–1PM, JANUARY 22 FRIDAY, NOON–2PM, JANUARY 18 We Provide: Kites, Harness, Instruction You Provide: Pants that can get grass stained, warm clothing that may include winter boots, snow pants, jacket with hood, mittens, hat, sunglasses. Meet: Hallway outside the RSOP Day Office, 153 SpHC Cost per session: $8 UMD Students / $15 Others . Transferable to an alternate date if wind is less than 10 mph. All sessions available to RSOP Snow Kiting Pass holders. Deduct the Intro Session fee from your annual pass if you're hooked.

KITE INTRO & ONE LAKE OUTING 108005

Add one small group lake outing to your Intro Session. Deduct the fee from your annual pass if you're hooked. Cost: $25 UMD Students, $70 Others

FEBRUARY ONLY KITE PASS

If you are late to discover our snow kite program, bring all of your gear and take the Introduction Session at the lake then return for an additional lake session to refine your skills. Cost: $30 UMD Students Only

LAKE OUTINGS

Lake kiting for all UMD RSOP Kite Members. If the forecast calls for at least 10mph winds, it's time to strap your equipment to your feet and learn to glide along using the kite's power. Stay upwind by flying the kite with precision in the power zones while carving. Try flying the kite in a pattern that lifts you up in the air. Feel the rush of a downwind speed run. At Island Lake a snowmobile will assist beginners that need help getting back up wind. RIP ACROSS ISLAND LAKE SATURDAY 11AM–5PM JANUARY 19, FEBRUARY 9 We Provide: Kites, Harness, Helmets, Instruction with snowmobile support. You Provide: Alpine or Telemark skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots, Helmet, Snow Pants, Jacket with Hood, Mittens, Hat, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, Snacks Skill Level: All Kite Pass holders may attend. Must be able to safely launch, steer, de-power, & relaunch kite before traveling away from launch area Meet: Designated lake, Maps provided Cost: Must be RSOP Snow Kite Pass holder.

PRIVATE SNOW KITING INSTRUCTION FOR THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF NORTHERN MN

Schedule a full day of snow kiting with your own instructor. We will call you one day in advance of a full day kiting session to check your availability and make sure the wind forecast is reliable. COST: $150 PER PERSON/ $130 WITH TWO You become a Snow Kite Pass holder after your private session. CONTACT RANDY CARLSON 218–726–6177 or rcarlso6@d.umn.edu for more details.

MILLE LACS LAKE KITE CROSSING MARCH 2-3, 2019

Join us at this celebration of snow kiting. Qualified RSOP Snow Kite Pass Holders can enjoy access to our kite inventory if you are interested in racing. Enjoy meeting new kiters and learning from others. See Randy for details.