El Norte -Snowkiting Powder at Raynolds Pass 1/11/12
I’m feeling pretty luck today. After a super early start and a long drive to Raynold’s Pass it looked like I was in for a skunking. There was no wind to be found, it had quit with the dawn and I had made the long trip based on what looked like solid information on the National Weather Service website. Not to be put off so easily, Joe Irons and I honed in on a north flow coming down the hill. It was not so much a wind but cold air spilling over the Continental Divide at the top of the pass.
This breeze was light; it couldn’t have been stronger than 10 mph, but steady. After pumping up the big kites (a 11.5m Best Kahoona and a 14m Slingshot Rally) we worked our way up hill. It was a tedious task with countless kite loops and sagebrush encounters.
The air was flowing down hill so it took more tacks than I can even think about to get where we were needed to be. Despite the bitter cold (10’ F) we sweated our butts off to gain the high ground, but it was worth it; at the top of the pass the snow was soft, the wind light but perfect and the day beautiful. Here’ s a few shots from our session, Stoked!
-Photos and Story by Packy
-Rider Joe Irons