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Mount Washington Snowkite Festival to take flight at Bretton Woods, N.H.

The International Mountain Climbing School, with Ikon KiteboardingUSA and Kiteboard New England, will host the second annual Mount Washington Snowkite Festival on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H.
This kite event is for all people interested in kiteboarding on snow, land, or water regardless of previous kite flying, ski or board experience, organizers said. Participants can enjoy free educational lessons, snowkite demos and other kite-related activities, including a charitable raffle on Saturday, March 1 at 5 p.m. It will be held Saturday evening at 5 p.m. in the Nordic Ski Lodge and will benefit CFF.org (Great Strides). Prizes include a one-night stay at Omni Mount Washington Resort, gift certificates from local businesses and kite equipment.
The Mount Washington Snowkite Festival will be held on the golf course grounds at Omni Mount Washington Resort and is not wind dependent. No matter what the weather brings, participants will enjoy all aspects of kite sports, organizers said.
The event website warns, "The snow is going to be deep! If you get stuck wind please prepare for a nice long hike back. ... Bring snowshoes, skins for 'at' gear, telemark gear, split boards, etc. if you have them. Bring a back pack with the basics; water, food, sun glasses, sun screen, etc." The organizers add, "The Snowkite event will take place regardless of conditions however, for those who arrive and stay, there will be activities to partake in." For more information, visit the website at www.kitefreeordie.net.

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