Up, up and away. The Second Annual SuperFly Open floats into Utah March 13-15, 2009.
Powder Mountain east of Ogden is fast becoming a preferred destination for snowkite enthusiasts. Last year, it was the first mountain resort in the U.S. to designate an exclusive snowkiting area and to offer a snowkite-only pass. This year, Best Kiteboarding has established the Best Snowkite Center at Powder Mountain to offer lessons and demos at the Utah ski resort.
Last year's SuperFly Open attracted more than 50 of the best snowkiters in the world with competitors travelling from as far away as Norway. After the success of the 2008 event, officials anticipate that this year's competition will grow substantially.
Competitions during the festival include freestyle, kitecross, and big air. Introductory kite clinics will be offered each day, for those who want to try their hand at the colorful adventure.
All the action takes place just south of the Sunrise Poma lift, in an area known as The Towers - at an elevation of about 9,000 ft. The viewing area is wide open, so folks can cruise over there and take a break from skiing or riding to watch all the action, grab a bratwurst and enjoy the incredible backdrop of the Wasatch Range and Great Salt Lake. There will be a groomed trail for non-skiers to access the area from the Hidden Lake Lodge parking lot.
The celebration of snowkiting doesn't end when the lifts stop running. The Best Bash includes food, drink and music Friday night at Ogden's entertainment district, Historic 25th Street. The popular Best Girls Contest will be returning as part of the evening's festivities. Saturday evening's dinner will feature two exciting multimedia presentation on snowkiting expeditions, including one from Andrew McLean, photographer and author of The Chuting Gallery, a guidebook detailing steep ski descents in Utah.
Registration, travel, and event details are available online..