Snow kiting Thredbo
with pro kiter Jennie Milton
Being able to snow kite means you can leave the crowds behind, ditch the T-bars and make your own way up the mountain to create your own tracks. After traversing across the ridges and up the slopes, it's time to drift your kite and use the wind and gravity to carve, slash and rip your way back down. It's such an exhilarating way to use your kiting skills and opens up a winter wonderland of adventures for you to enjoy.
Join us for an intensive snow kiting tour with professional snow kiter and backcounty guide, Jennie Milton, who will not only teach you how to be safe and skilled in the snow, but also get you ready to join us on our new epic Alaskan snow kiting tour in March 2019.
$995 per person (plus accommodation) 10 spots max
August Fri 31st – Sept 2nd
September Fri 21st – Sun 23rd
Full weekender package includes:
- 2 days snow kiting tuition with Jennie Milton in Kosciusko NP & K7 Adventures
- Welcome drinks and info session on arrival at the Denman Hotel
- 2 days backcountry & lift passes
- A group dinner with Alaskan snow kiting slide show at the Denman
- Earn your stripes for the Alaskan snow kite tour in March 2019
Accommodation ($ additional)
- 2 nights mountain accommodation at the Denman hotel from $680/$1330 per room
- Delicious buffet breakfast each day
- Gear storage and shower on departure afternoon
*prices vary by peak and shoulder seasons; see booking and solo hookup options at end of page.
Jen is a ski instructor, kite instructor on snow and water, backcountry guide, ski retailer and representative, ski photographer and licensed drone pilot. She's worked with the Valdez Avalanche Association to write a paper on snowkiting in avalanche terrain with snowkiting instruction her speciality. Working with K7 Adventures, she is stoked to be offering the only back-country snow kite school in Australia.
Jen has a background in sailing and has competed and won both snowkite and kitesurfing events. She was invited on the North American snowkite tour and
travelled with the top snowkiters in the world winning the women's title and then going onto beat all the men at the finals in Alaska too!
Her understanding of mountains and wind is built on over 30 years of experience, so joining her for this Thredbo and Alaska tour is your chance to pick up some incredible tips from one of the world’s best in this field. Check her out on Instagram here: AdrenaJen
What you will learn
Assuming you already know how to kitesurf and snowboard or ski to a basic level; on this Thredbo tour you will learn how to put your two skills together and then add the safety element so you can travel anywhere with snow in the world!
Jen Milton and Jen Zephyr have designed these tours to suit intermediate to experienced kiters who want more than to just traverse across the flats. Both these snow tours will focus on teaching you skills to ride efficiently up the mountains and then carve hard and fast back down again.
Over the course of the weekend, in theory or on the snow, you will learn:
Mountain skills - Weather forecasting and mountain winds, backcountry travel and navigation, snow safety and science, self-launching and landing in snow, ski/snowboard transitions and how to use the kite to go up and down the mountain to get turns.
Gear - What to wear and bring for backcountry missions, how to use backcountry equipment including shovel, probe and beacon, inflatable vs foil kites on snow and equipment options such as harnesses and backpacks etc.
Alaska specific (Optional) - Snowkiting in sub-zero temps, what to wear and how to deal with plastic kite parts in the cold, snow kiting in avalanche terrain, adventures around glaciers and the advantages of heli-skiing/boarding.
You must be able to fly a power kite AND ski or snowboard for this tour. Please make sure you get lessons a day or two before if you are not a confident skier or boarder. If you cannot ride to a decent standard on the 1st day you will not be able to continue onto the backcountry with the group.
Staying at the family owned and managed Denman Hotel, you will enjoy all the delights the village hotel has to offer. With the best restaurant in town, most enjoyable Après bar (including top shelf rums and the most knowledgeable bar tender we know) and the quiet Library Bar for our Alaskan presentation, this hotel has it all, not to mention hit's proximity to the lifts.
We recommend you book early as this is our prefered accommodation in town and sells out fast. As this tour is based here, if you miss out on rooms or wish to stay elsewhere, please ensure you can a make it to the Denman easily each night.
Included is a full buffet breakfast and they conveniently allow luggage storage after checkout and a shower at the end of your departure day.
For solo travellers, check our Facebook group to find someone to share with or email us for a hookup. Alternatively, feel free to bring a non-kiting mate, your spouse or a sibling to enjoy the mountain with you.
YOU MUST BOOK YOUR OWN ACCOMMODATION EARLY!
Please let them know you are with Zephyr Tours & Jennie Milton when booking.
The snowkite course
Make your own way to Thredbo, collecting any hire gear you need before 5pm.
Check into your accommodation then meet Jen and the Zephyr Team for welcome drinks, dinner and a briefing at the Denman Hotel, Thredbo Village.
It's a 7am start with a buffet breakfast then a short walk to the lift via the cafe and bakery to get your packed lunch for the day.
Jumping on the 1st lift of the morning, you'll have a chance to take a quick warm-up run down the mountain for Jennie to see your capabilities.
By 10am, you'll be riding the T-bar to backcountry for a fabulous day of snowkiting.
Exhausted by the arvo, it's après beers, snacks and a debrief at the Mountain Bar then ride or get the lift back to the Denman for a group dinner and slideshow showcasing our Alaskan Tours.
After that, it's to bed or to down for some top-shelf drinks in the Denman Après Bar... you choose.
Repeat day 2 with breaky, cafe then straight to back country to play around with all your new learned skills.
Weather permitting, Jen has a special back country adventure planned, many km's into the Main Range with spectacular views of Mt Kosciusko.
By the afternoon we guarantee you'll be shattered, so it's back to the lifts by 3 for a 4pm debrief and goodbyes.
Collect your belongings from the hotel lobby, enjoy a quick shower then drive safely home.
Make your own way to Thredbo by car, bus or plane. Park in the overnight carpark as you won’t need your car for the weekend.
If you are renting gear or needing extra ski or snowboarding lessons, please allow plenty of time to get there or arrange a few nights before your tour.
Tour ends 4pm after 2 intense days of exercise, you may be fatigued, so please take it easy if you are driving back on the last day.
Let us know if you want to car pool and we may be able to hook you up with others on the tour.
You need to bring ALL equipment needed to snow kite and we strongly recommend you hire or buy THE BEST gear for snowkiting possible, especially if you want to enjoy Alaska with us in March!
- 2 x inflatable or foil kites 7-12m will be perfect. Don't forget your harness!
- SNOWBOARDERS - Board (full camber is best), boots, bindings, snow shoes and poles
- SKIIERS - Alpine touring skis and skins are best (as this is your chance to learn how to use them) however regular downhill skis, boots, bindings and poles with snow shoes would suffice
- All the essential clothing such as jackets, pants, gloves, goggles, helmets etc.
- Thermal clothing, beanies, neck-warmer, face protection (no cotton socks, T-shirts or hoodies)
- Back county gear: shovel, probe & beacon plus backpack are essential for avalanche safety and training which can also carry boards and skis while hiking
- Water bottle, lunch box & snacks (buy on the day)
Make sure you have all the right gear well before your tour. Contact the team at Harros Sport at Lake Crackenback for all backcountry gear or your local snowboard/ski shop.
What's this about Alaska?
This Thredbo tour is a lead into our upcoming Alaskan snow kiting adventure with Jennie Milton and Zephyr Tours in March 2019.
Full details are coming soon for this epic snow kiting adventure but here is a little teaser...
- 10 days snow kiting in and around Valdez
- Daily RV tours to the best snow fields each day
- Flight from Anchorage to Valdez
- Hotel accommodation & most meals
- Heli skiing/boarding (optional)
- Glacier & ice tours, ice fishing, snow shoeing and fat biking adventures
- Return ferry to Whittier past the most epic scenery with whales, orcas & glaciers back to Anchorage
The Thredbo weekenders are designed to prepare you for the Alaskan tour with a focus on safety in sub-zero climates, avalanche survival and educating you on the right gear to bring. If you can make this weekender before Alaska, you will join the advanced group on tour and hit the mountains earlier while the beginners get familiar with snowkiting on location.
Alaskan snow kite tour is roughly prices at $10-15K AUD including flights.
This tour sells out fast as there is very limited accommodation in Thredbo Village so we suggest you book your accommodation NOW to avoid disappointment.
2018 dates are August 31st & September 21st