8 Epic snowkiting spots in Europe

If you never tried snowkiting, then you should give it a go at least once. Here is a list of the most known snowkiting spots in Europe.

In this guide, we’ve picked out 8 top Snowkiting spots in Europe. We’ve covered where to snowkite in France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Norway. Each snowkiting spot has been chosen for its spectacular landscapes that you can enjoy while kiting through deep, untouched powder. If you can already Kitesurf it only takes a couple of hours to learn how to Snowkite so you don’t need to spend your whole holiday learning. Book as lesson with a Snowkite Centre or book a guide to learn the best areas to go snowkiting on each day of your trip. 
For more snowkiting tips, check out our Guide to Snowkiting.

Col du Lautaret Pass

Vetan

Petit St. Bernard Pass

Achensee Lake

Wipp Valley

Reschensee Lake

Silvaplana Lake

Haugastol

SERRE CHEVALIER - Col du Lautaret Pass, France

Located in the heart of Alps at 2058m, Col du Lautaret pass benefit from very good snow conditions from the beginning of November all the way through to May. The kite spot is easy to access with a car (providing its winter-ready) and is only 15 min away from Serre Chevalier ski resort providing 250km of pistes. It is highly recommended to get a guide if you go snowkiting there for the first time, due to the sheer size of the place, also having someone who can help you select the best spot to enjoy the sessions can be priceless.

Getting there: Spot is located near the ‘Hotel des Glaciers’, lift pass is not needed, but you will need a car to get to the snowkiting spot.

Average Prices: Lift pass for Serre-Chevalier (6 day Adult) €211.20; Beer €5 – €8, food €8+ in less crowded places to €20+ in a restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €60 (3h), kite lessons package (3h) around €110 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

Nearest Snowkite Centre: Kite Legende

PETIT ST BERNARD PASS - Aosta Valley, France

The pass is accessible from a number of nearby resorts, including La Rosiere, Val d’Isere and Alpes du Nord, therefore, becoming very popular with kiters. This area is dominated by the magnificent scenery of the Mont Blanc mountain range where that fundamental element necessary for snow kiting – the wind average is 8-16 knots almost every day.

Getting there: Spot is a part of Space San Bernard pass and can only be accessed by taking the ski lifts, with a ski pass, from La Rosière (France) or from La Thuile (Italia).

Average Prices: Lift pass (6 day Adult) €211.20;  Beer €5 – €8, food €8+ in less crowded places to €20+ in a restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €75 (3h), kite lessons package (3h) around €90 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

Nearest SnowKite Centre: San Bernardo Kite & La Thuile Snowkite

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Picture: snowkitingcentre.com

ACHENSEE LAKE - Achenkirch, Austria

This frozen lake is located in the Province of Tyrol, with the size of 6.8 km2, it is sometimes referred to as a Tyrolean Sea. This lake provides wind all year long, therefore it’s very popular for kitesurfers in the summer and when the lake freezes over, it provides perfect flat and windy snowkiting conditions.

The ski areas around Achensee are small, perfectly formed and offering plenty of diversity. From the Christlum lift in Achenkirch, the Rofan cable car in Maurach, the Karwendel cable car in Pertisau and the lifts in Steinberg and Wiesing provide a total of 30 ascent aids and access to 53 kilometres of pistes up to an altitude of almost 1900 metres.

Getting there: The Achen Lake (Achensee) is around 7.5km away from Achenkirch town,  therefore it is recommended to rent a car to travel to the spot and around the area to explore many ski valleys.

Average Prices: Lift pass (6 day Adult) €179;  Beer €2 – €5, food €8+ in less crowded places to €15+ in a restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €75 (3h), kite lessons package (two days 6h) around €185 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

Nearest SnowKite Centre: Snowkite Achensee

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Picture: Snowkite Achensee

WIPP VALLEY - Gries am Brenner, Austria

The Wipptal or the Wipp Valley, just a few kilometres from Gries am Brenner, is a hotspot for snowkiters. Beginners will feel right at home in the valley at 1400 metres above sea level, where there is also a funpark with obstacles for more advanced riders. High up on the Nosslachjoch ridge at 2150m experts will find reliable wind conditions and excellent snow, though this area of the mountain demands that riders have significant skill and experience.

Many small resorts combine this area offering many cross-country skiing trails, 30km of slopes and other winter activities in Bergeralm ski resort at 2,200m above sea level.

Getting there: Most of the spots are reachable with the Bergeralm lift pass.

Average prices: Lift pass (6 day Adult) €168;  Beer €2 – €5, food €8+ in less crowded places to €15+ in a restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €75 (3h), kite lessons package (two days 6h) around €185 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

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Ski & Freizeit Arena Bergeralm | Picture: x-challenge exchange

RESCHENSEE LAKE - Nauders, Austria 

In winter, the Reschensee lake south of Nauders is a popular meeting point for snowkiters. The area, which is actually over the Austrian-Italian border in South Tirol, has plenty of wide open spaces ideal for this high-speed sport. At the same time, its altitude of 1500m ensures good snow conditions throughout the winter. The lake itself, frozen during the winter months, is an excellent place for beginners to take their first turns. There is also an alternative spot – Haidersee is 4km away to the south which is often used early December.

The Ski resort itself offers 120km of slopes with a guaranteed level of snow due to the altitude of 1,400-2,850m and an excellent snow-making system, perfect for all skiing levels and also offers completely snow park with boxes, jumps, slides, rails and wave-rides made for the ultimate shredding experience for no wind days.

Getting there: The Snowkite spot is only 15min (12km) car drive away.

Average prices: Nauders lift pass (6 day Adult) €189;  Beer €2 – €5, food €8+ in less crowded places to €15+ in high-class restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €30 (1H) or €70 per day,  kite lessons package (two days 7h) around €195 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

Nearest Kite Centre: Kiteboarding Rechensee

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Snowkite World Cup Reschensee

VETAN -  Aosta Valley, Italy

Vetan is located in the region of Aosta in the Italian Alps near the French and Swiss borders, just a couple of hours from Milan.

This lovely location is in a flat highland area (1820m above the sea level) with rolling landscape and consistent winds with steeper slopes behind for more advanced and adventurous riders. There are a number of fantastic snowkite spots in the area so we can choose the most suitable depending on the forecast.

Getting there: Saint Pierre Vetan ski resort, drive up to the hotel Notre-Maison and once there park your car in the hotel car park (which is free). The base camp is just 200 meters (600 ft.) away, walking up a little path.

Average prices: Lift pass (6 day Adult) €189;  Beer €1 – €2, food €4+ in less crowded places to €7+ in a restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €20 (1H) or €60 per day;  kite lessons package (two days 8h) around €179 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

Nearest Kite Centre: Snowkiting Centre

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Vetan | Picture: snowkitingcentre.com

SILVAPLANA LAKE - St Moritz, Switzerland

Every year around mid-January the Silvaplana Lake freezes over and turns into a snowkite paradise – a vast space free of obstacles with magnificent mountain views. It’s considered one of the worlds greatest snowkite spots. Being 1815 m above sea-level it’s known for reliable snow conditions with heaps of sparkling powder and possibility to kite in any wind direction. 

Engadin St. Moritz ski resort in altitude of 1,800 to 3,303 metres provides 350km of piste for those rare no wind days.

Getting there: Silvaplana lake is few kilometres away from St Moritz ski resort in the Engadin Valley. 

Average prices: Lift pass (6 day Adult) €318;  Beer €3 – €6, food €8+ in less crowded places to €35+ in high-class restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €20 (1H) or €60 per day;  kite lessons package (two days 6h) around €230 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

Nearest Kite Centre: Kitesurfen Silvaplana 

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Silvaplana Lake | Picture: silvaplana.ch

HAUGASTOL - Hemsedal, Norway

Haugastol is widely recognized as one of the best spots in the world for snowkiting. The Hardangervidda mountain plateau offers huge areas and stable wind conditions throughout the entire winter, the season stretches from December until mid-May and some years even longer.

Being one of the largest resorts in Northern Europe, with an extensive snowfall each season makes this location an epic spot for fresh pow. The terrain is really fun, and the kiting spots are many. There is a lake called Eldrevatn that is perfect for the beginners, and a little climb up and over the mountains to the north of this lake,  you will find a lot of wind

Getting there: The almost unlimited amount of different snowkite spots – Hardangervidda Nationalpark has 3 422 km2 ridable terrain, and Hallingskarvet Nationalpark has 450km2 – that means that you can park your car and snowkite anywhere.

Average prices: Beer €5 – €7, food €10+ in less crowded places to €35+ in a restaurants per person; Kite & harness rental around €40 (1H) or €110 per day;  kite lessons package (one days 6h) around €250 – please note that ski or snowboard equipment is not included in the prices.

Nearest Kite Centre: Kitekurs.no and Fluid.no

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Hardangervidda | Picture: Kitekurs.no

Have you tried snowkiting before? Or maybe you visited one of the mentioned areas? Let us know about your experience in the comments!

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