Powder Mountain SuperFly Open 2008

The increasingly popular sport of snowkiting will be the focus of the 2008 Powder Mountain SuperFly Open to be held at the Powder Mountain Resort in Utah on 8 to 10 February 2008. Powder Mountain is considered to have some of the best snow skiing conditions in the U.S.A. and spectators and participants at the 2008 Powder Mountain SuperFly Open, which forms part of the U.S. Snowkite Tour, can expect to enjoy a memorable event.

The opening ceremony of the competition will be held at the Wolf Creek Resort. Participants will enjoy multimedia presentations from some of the sport’s leading athletes. These will include a presentation by Andrew McLean, author and photographer of the book “Chuting Gallery”, during which he will show the audience some of his best pictures documenting his snowkite adventures in remote regions. A presentation on their recent Pittarak Expedition will be given by Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry and Curtis Jones. This kite-assisted journey took them 2,300 kilometers across the Greenland Ice Cap.

During the competitions, the main riding area will be closed. At other times participants are free to ride the terrain, snow features and sliders. Plans are being made to ferry riders to the less utilized backcountry riding areas of Flat Top Mountain and White Pine. Apart from easing kite congestion at the main riding area, these spots provide some of the best viewing of the competition.

Kitercross races will be timed by the use of transponder chip technology, allowing registered racers to enter the course one at a time with short intervals between them. This will eliminate the problem of congestion at the starting point. The course will have a series of obstacles that riders have to successfully negotiate. The top three competitors in the first timed round of each of the categories will proceed to the final round. The freestyle contest is an open event where riders will be judged on criteria to be revealed before the start of the competition. As in the kitercross races, the top three freestyle contestants in each category will proceed to the final round. The Big Air Expo will have experts showing kiters how high and how long they can remain airborne, as well as how many stunts can be executed in a single flight.

The Powder Mountain SuperFly Open will end off with the “Best Bash” at Pineview Lodge. Presentation of awards will be the highlight of an evening of entertainment, including the popular Best Girls Model Search and fashion show, as well as viewing the snowkite film “Something Stronger”.

Introductory clinics will be available for those who want to explore the possibility of participating in this exhilarating sport. So, whether you are an expert or just starting out, the 2008 Powder Mountain SuperFly Open is the place to be.