Snowkite beginner course - Haukeliseter, Norway
Learn to snowkite amongst the gorgeous peaks of Southern Norway. Our lodging “Haukeliseter” sits immediately at the kite spot, with loads of snow, good wind and plenty of space for snowkiting right in front of our doorstep.
when and where
Every weekend, from January to May
A TYPICAL KITE WEEKEND
This is a weekend for beginners who want to learn to kite. We welcome you to a two-day kite course, with inspiration and good times in a beautiful environment and with good food. We will start from scratch and teach you everything you need to become a safe kiter: Equipment, theory about wind and weather, safety, launching and landing the kite and kite control. We will do practical exercises with the kite that will prepare you, before putting skis or snowboards on. Get ready for an adventure that will keep you addicted to wind, snow and water for years.
WHO IS IT FOR?
You will meet your instructors and the other participants Friday night (at 21 if no other message) for kite theory, around one hour. The breakfast opens at 08, and you will find a huge range of delicious stuff to fill up for the day. Remember to prepare a big lunch. The kite course will be from 0930-16, Saturday and Sunday. The wilderness spa opens at 16, and is the place to be to meet other kiters and here about their day. Dinner is usually served at 20:00.
INCLUDED/PLAN FOR THE WEEKEND
- – Level 1/beginner kite course: Theory Friday night, practical kite course outside from 09.30 – 16 Saturday and Sunday.
- – Kite gear during the lessons.
- – Accommodation Friday – Sunday at Haukeliseter fjellstue.
- – A delicious breakfast buffet and lunch pack Saturday and Sunday.
- – A 3-course meal Saturday night.
- – Outdoor wilderness spa including a hot tub and a sauna.
- – Have fun and get to know other kiters!
- – Warm and cozy café area, fireplace and excellent food.
NB: You need to bring your own ski/snowboard gear, helmets and goggles.
Jan Roar Kjelle
It takes five hours by car to get from Oslo (285 km) to Haukeliseter and around four hours from Bergen, Kristiansand, and Stavanger. We advise you to come by car, in case we need to drive to another kite spot to find the optimal wind and snow conditions during the kite course. The bus “Haukeliekspressen” drives from Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger and stops in front of the reception. www.haukeliekspressen.no
“Stabbur” – Traditional small wood huts.
2-6 beds in each room. Bring your own sheets and towels (can be rented at Haukeliseter). Shared toilets and showers (use coins to pay for showers). Shared kitchens in each hut. Clean the room after your stay.
Fjellrom – Private rooms with bathrooms, 2-6 people
Each room has a private bathroom. Sheets and towels are included. Cleaning of room is included.
The packages include breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday, as well as a 3-course meal Saturday night. You will prepare a big and tasty lunch to stay outside the whole day from the breakfast buffet and fill up your thermos with tea or coffee.
Ranked as one the best restaurants in the mountains of Norway, Haukeliseter offers excellent food in 19th-century buildings with breathtaking surroundings. We mix local and traditional ingredients, such as lamb, reindeer, and trout, with international cooking art. On our breakfast buffet you will always find homemade warm bread, many kinds of cheese, ham and other toppings that are produced locally in the area, salmon, liver, herring, fruits, and vegetables, homemade muesli, porridge, homemade yogurts with berries and more.
We are blessed with good winds throughout the season, and we will almost always find a place to kite. The best wind directions outside Haukeliseter mountain resort are southwest, southeast, west and east. On Northern wind directions we hike to the top of the hill behind our lodging. If there is no wind at Haukeliseter, we will most likely find a venturi wind 20-30 minutes drive away. The strength varies throughout the season, from light wind days to heavy storms. Bring all your gear. At the beginner courses we will use kite sizes from 3.5 kvm – 12 kvm.
This course is for beginners who have never kited before, or haven’t kited for a while and want to go through the basics one more time. We’ll give you a fun, safe and encouraging introduction to kiting, and share the stoke when you ride your first meters on snow. Max 4 students on each instructor.
Level 2 snowkiting will be taught in small groups for those who have taken a beginner course and need extra help to feel safe and independent. Our instructor will start at your level, fill up missing gaps (if any) and lead you to become a safe and confident kiter. Bring your own ski/snowboard- and kite gear. Kite gear can be rented for the weekend if it is available. Remember to add kite rental to your booking if you are not bringing your own kites.
This is the option for independent kiters who want to have a fun weekend in the snow and get inspired by other kiters! Our coach will give you some tips on kiting and teach jumping to those who are ready to do some tricks.