It all started here, at Silvaplanersee! This is the lake that pioneered the what we know as kitesurfing! Silvaplanaersee it’s a very scenic lake at 1800 m above sea level surrounded by the mountains and it offers perfect kite conditions. As for the altitude (and reduced air density), you will need a bigger kite than kiting at the seaside.
The place is well known, the beach can get busy during high season, but the lake is big – just be careful at the beach, once you’re in the water there is a lot of space. The place also offers everything, from hot showers to bar, camp, and restaurants. One part of the lake is dedicated to kitesurfers another to windsurfers.
Great place for snowkiting in winter.
Maloja wind starts every day just before noon – 10-20 knts. It’s thermal and very stable wind. Wind is better than what statistic says (ie. it’s a thermal wind).
Oct-May: around 50% windy days.
Jun-Sep: around 80% windy days.
It is your responsability to check whether kitesurfing is allowed at the spot; you might need a 'special permit' or membership from a local kite organization, etc. Local rules can change. Respect others - kiters or not; kite safely and enjoy the wind!
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- Camper friendly
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* with min. 4 bft (12 knt) wind, without thermal wind stats
Snowkite course in Engadin (Silvaplana or Bernina), Switzerland
1 hr - full day • Available all year • by Sports Paradise
Snowkiting is easy to learn, you just need the basics of skiing or snowboarding.
If you are a kitesurfer already, add a twist to your favorite sport which you can use to explore the mountains in winter, away from crowded ski slopes!
Around mid-January the Silvaplana Lake freezes solid and transforms into a snowkite heaven – it’s viewed as one of the world’s most prominent snowkite spots.
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