Fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) - Silverthorne is 75 miles due west on I-70.
If you don't want to rent a car, book a shuttle from DIA to Summit County for around $50 via the Colorado Mountain Express (book online to save cash: www.ridecme.com.)
Summit Stage offers 'free transportation to your Summit destination'
Check out their routes at: www.summitstage.com or there is Summit Taxi, but make sure you call an hour ahead of time because they remain busy during the ski season.
Endless amounts of accommodation options in the area. Frisco is the best value and the closest to the kiting area, offering everything from budget B&Bs and Holiday Inns to luxury hotels.
Also short term rentals are available, but they require reservation way ahead of time.
Choose from fine dining to excellent cajun cuisine or hang out with the locals for some live entertainment and the best burger in the county at Moose Jaw!
NON KITING KICKS
Sleigh rides, tube rides, ice rinks, spas, recreation centres and all other resort amenities you'd expect are available.
CURRENCY: US dollar ($) £1 = $1.5 / €1 = $1.4
BEER = $3
AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL (no alcohol) = $10-20
AVERAGE HOTEL = $70-80
Find the longest winter season here at a base elevation of nearly 10,000 feet.
Dillon Reservoir hosts a variety of riding conditions.
Consistent light winds blow over a groomed snow surface under blue cloudless skies.
For beginners the conditions are unbeatable and for advanced riders, the snow is just insane.
Summit County is surrounded by seven major ski resorts (Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, A-Basin, Loveland, Vail, and Beaver Creek) all of which are within a 30 mile radius, so there is plenty to do if there's no wind. As well as its unique groomed surface, the Dillon Reservoir area also has a wide-open lake that freezes over and becomes a packed powder surface in late December.
There is plenty of riding to do when there is no wind, but when it's windy, all you'll want to do is take the opportunity to explore the mountain passes above the tree line and kite fresh powder runs until you drop.
The possibilities in Colorado are endless for exploration but Summit County is the perfect place to start or expand on your snowkiting experience.
SNOW, WIND AND WEATHER
Ride 20+ days a month between December and April.
Look for high pressure with blue skies. The thermals usually kick in from the north around noon.
Hit the mountain early for fresh tracks then ride the reservoir in the afternoon.
Beware of strong westerlies. Champagne powder and fresh tracks are possible all day long, and the smooth surface offers an ideal environment to learn and perfect your kiting skills.
Colorado Kiteforce are based in Silverthorne and teach on the Dillon Reservoir.
They are the only snow-specific snowkite shop and school in country.
Their instructors and school are PASA certified and owner Anton Rainold is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable instructors on snow.
Jon McCabe is a very knowledgeable store manager and will be more than happy to help you get the right kite for your skill level.
The team are constantly exploring new terrain to open up the possibilities of more areas to snowkite in Colorado.
Tel: +1 970-262-5734
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