Snowkiting, stand up paddleboarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing on Lake Champlain. Based in Burlington, VT 802.578-6120
Learn to snowkite or perfect your skills this winter...
NEW: Gear Familiarization Lesson: Have you purchased new gear but are not sure how to rig, launch and handle it? Let Rachael work with you and your new gear so you have a full understanding of the features (flying and safety) as well as handling techniques including self-rescue. $75 (for approx. 1 hour of instruction on land)
Intro to Snowkiting:
The coolest feature that snowkiting has over kitesurfing is instant
gratification - ride in your first lesson! Start with set-up and safety
and learn to fly then ride in this comprehensive 3 hour, small group
snowkite class. All kiting equipment is provided, just bring your
skis/boards, boots and helmet. $120 per person.
On the Boards: This
is our 2 hour next step snowkiting class for people who have taken the
intro, who have done some kitesurfing but are just heading out to the
snow or people who need a brush up on skills and technique. All kiting
equipment is provided, just bring your skis/boards, boots and helmet.
$95 per person.
Need help getting off the ground or timing your jumps? Need to sort out
and tune your kite once and for all? Do you not want to share your
instructor or the kites? We give individual lessons tailored
specifically to your needs. $95/hour.
Group discounts and custom snowkite programs including expedition rides available. Come as a school group or a family and learn to snowkite together. Custom programs available.
Stormboarding Gift Certificate Info:
-GC's are good anytime of year (if you bought a snowkite lesson for someone and they missed the winter, they can apply it toward a kite or windsurf lesson). -If you have a GC from a previous year it is still good however you must pay the difference if the price on your lesson has gone up -GC's are transferable but not refundable
A lesson makes a great gift and saves time experimenting. Let us show you some safe and effective techniques to get you the most time riding (rather than untangling or battling to get back upwind) in a group or individual lesson.
Whether you are coming for lessons or just to ride, we are very excited to work with 2 great hotels to ensure that our kiters are set with great snowkiting and perfect accommodation.
For the clean, simple, cookies before bed approach try the Best Western Windjammer Inn. They are a few minutes from downtown Burlington and around 20 minutes from the riding site. There is a pool and a continental breakfast and 2 good dining choices right on site. They will be extending our riders a special room rate all season long: $79.99. To book with this rate, call Doug McSweeny at 802-651-0638 and tell him you are with Stormboarding.
For a full resort experience we are very pleased to be working with The Essex Resort and Spa offering an incredible rate of $175 - they even have a climbing gym, zip line and ice wall on site. Snowkiters will love to retire to The Essex Resort & Spa to enjoy the 25-yard/4-lane indoor swimming pool, massages, steam rooms, saunas, outdoor hot tub, lively tavern, cooking classes, exceptional food and wine, and cozy AAA Four-Diamond guest rooms many with fireplaces. After a sound sleep and a stick-to-the-ribs Vermont breakfast, youll be totally recharged for another exhilarating day outdoors in Vermont. Call The Essex Resort & Spa at 800-727-4295 and ask for the special, discounted stormboarder rate! Email any reservation questions to [email protected]. www.vtculinaryresort.com.
Attention students: In order to save time at the beginning of your lesson, please download, print and sign the following 3 pages of the Stormboarding waiver and bring them to your lesson. Less time doing paperwork means more time having fun and learning a new sport.
Ground School: This is the start of your kitesurfing career (and potential obsession). This class takes you from set-up and safety to flying technique, in and out of harness, simulated water-starts and includes kiting theory - some hows and whys. Stormboarding provides kites, harnesses and safety gear. This a small group class with no more than 3 students. You bring sneakers. This class takes place in a field, no water (yet). 2 hours. $95 per person. Advanced Ground School: This is for people who have some experience flying a kite or who have dabbled in powerkiting but have never had instruction or used a kite over 5m. This is required of people who have not taken a Ground Control lesson with Stormboarding or another PASA-certified school. It will mean we can all speak the same language on the water and will make your water experience much more efficient and successful. 1 hour (if you are the only kiter in your class, this is a 1h15m class). $60 per person.
In the Water: First Ride Lesson: Now it is time to hit the water. This class will take you through rigging and launching a big kite, getting comfortable with the increased power, body dragging, water starts, emergency release and self-rescue and for some, your first rides. This a small group class with no more than 3 students. If you are the only one in the class, it will run for 2 hours. We provide kite, harness, impact vest/PFD and helmet. You must bring water shoes (slip on booties work best) and a wet suit (if needed). 3 hours (if you are the only rider in your class, this is a 2 hour class). $150 per person.
Individual Kitesurfing Instruction: Work exactly at your pace, no sharing of kites one on one with your instructor. $100 per hour.
Individual Windsurfing Instruction: Take your riding to another level or just work with an instructor. We teach techniques that will save your back and help you reach your goals quickly (whether it is just turning around to sail home or mastering the water start). You must have your own windsurfing gear. We have some flexibility in location and in some cases can come to you. $75/hour.
Lessons are all by appointment rather than at set times. Please email with the days you have available and we will get back to you with some choices.
When the planets align and the weather is good, ahhhhhh, kitesurfing on Lake Champlain can be amazing.
Gift Certificates: Give a Stormboarding Gift Certificate and get a friend in the water or on the snow enjoying a new sport.
For more information, to book a lesson or order gear, please call Stormboarding at 802.578.6120 or e-mail: [email protected]
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