Season Date’s are weather and snow dependent. Approximate dates are Dec 1- March 31.
Must pre-book when time is available. All cancellations need 48 hour notice.
*All lessons are potentially group lessons unless a private is requested
For Helmets, Ski and Snowboard rentals please contact Wild Ernest Sports www.wildernestskishop.com or 866-468-5970
2 Hour Beginner Ground School 2 hr. Ground School
This class will start at 11:00am at the Dillon Reservoir unless otherwise discussed. Our instructors clearly explain for everyone the fundamentals of kiting and what we call the “wind window”. It’s not just sailing or flying! We inform our student on as much background information as possible and show how snowkiting relates to kiteboarding on the water, because many have an interest to take their new sport to the beach. Once all questions have been answered we get out on the snow. We start of with a small kite (One that is not big enough to lift you off the ground, so don’t worry!) The student will have the full ability to de-power and land the kite safely, as well as self launch almost right away. The goal is to get comfortable flying a 4 line power kite (could be a foil or inflatable), while still in your boots.
2 Hour Beginner Ski and Ride School 2 hr. Ski and Ride School
This class will begin at 1:00pm. You must first take the ground school class before ski and ride school. Unless you can demonstrate for the instructor the skills needed to move on from previous experiences. The next step is to get into your skis or (we recommend skis rather then a snowboard for the first time). But if you don’t ski or have any we understand, and a snowboard will work just fine too. There are however a few more step to learn. the student will be taught how to speed up, slowdown and stop. How to turn around, and go upwind and down wind. The goal is to get back where you started from (yes even on the first day!) From this point it is up to the student on how much instruction they want or need. Many take right off and use the rest of the time as a Kite demo or rental. Others may need the instructors assistance for the remainder of the day. And thats what we’re there for to make sure you’re you safe, informed and ha ving a great time. Don’t worry their is no written test at the end!
Hope to see you out there.
Full Beginner Snowkite Lesson (4 Hours) 4 hr. Beginner Lesson
This lesson is a combination of both of our 2 hour beginner snow kite lessons:2 hour Ground School and the 2hr Ski and Ride. Use this lesson to jumpstart your kiting career!
Advanced Lesson 1/2 hr. Advanced Lessons
Our advanced lessons our catered towards each individuals needs. Most are only a half hour to an hour and if more time is needed or wanted we recommend returning another day after practicing your new skills on your own. But of course we will continue all instruction if the client desires for any reason.
Most advanced lessons are first timers on the snow, but have previous kiting experience on the water. (from novice to expert) We highly recommend water kiters take at least a half hour lesson. We do things differently on the snow! This will prevent all the common mistakes and keep you from looking like a rookie. I have heard “taking a lesson on snow after years of kiting on water was the smartest thing I’ve done in a while. It gave me piece of mind I would do anything dumb” ” It was just like learning to kite and ride for the first time all over again… What a new and exciting rush!”
Kite Camp 3 day Kite Camp
This is the whole shabang… Weather a total beginner or just want someone to watch over you for 3 days. We will get you from zero to feeling like a hero. Includes lessons and rentals during the 3 day progression. Your own equipment can be used and we encourage getting familiar with your personal gear. Days do not have to be consecutive. But must be in the same winter season.
What should you bring?
Basically you will want to bring what ever you would take skiing or snowboarding. If you do both we recommend starting out on skiis, it’s much easier!
Here are some things we recommend:
Hat, Helmet, Gloves, Goggles, skis or snowboard and boots. Don’t forget to bring energy snacks and water or something for hydration! Surprisingly you will sweat a lot. There are no chairlifts to cool down on. We recommend wearing layers that can be removed with a wind proof shell on top. Then when you are all done you will want to change into some dry clothes or put on more layers again.
Colorado Kiteforce Lesson Refund Policy:
RAINCHECK POLICY: All lessons and camps are paid in full upon booking with Colorado Kite Force to assure a time slot and the availability of an instructor. If a lesson or camp is cancelled due to weather conditions, your lesson or camp will be rescheduled to the next available lesson or camp time. CKF strives to get you riding and will do everything possible to reschedule your lesson or camp promptly. If a lesson or camp cannot be completed during your trip, you will be issued a raincheck equivalent to the value of the lessons or camp sessions you were not able to complete. The full value of a raincheck may be redeemed for lessons, camps, equipment and/or merchandise purchased for Colorado Kite Force. If you fail to show up at the time of your scheduled lesson or camp, or fail to call to postpone your scheduled lesson or camp, you will forfeit the value of your lesson or camp and will not receive a raincheck. If you fail to show up on time for your scheduled lesson or camp, the amount of time you are late will be deducted from the total lesson or camp time. It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared with the proper winter clothes to keep them warm and comfortable for the duration of their lessons, no rainchecks will be issued for improper dress.
CANCELLATION POLICY: All lessons and camps may be cancelled or rescheduled, with a complete store credit, up to 7 days before the scheduled lesson or camp time. A rescheduling fee of $100.00 will be applied to any lessons or camps cancelled or rescheduled within 7 days of the scheduled lesson or camp start time, and the remaining balance will be placed on your store account. No rainchecks will be issued for cancellations or no shows within 48 hours of a lesson or camp.
In the event of a postponement or cancellation due to weather conditions, your lesson or camp will be rescheduled to the next available lesson or camp time. Colorado Kite force strives to get you riding and will do everything possible to reschedule your lesson or camp promptly. If a lesson or camp cannot be completed during your trip, you will be issued a raincheck equivalent to the value of the lessons or camp sessions you were not able to complete. The full value of a raincheck may be redeemed for lessons, camps, equipment and/or merchandise purchased from Colorado Kite Force.