Have you taken a Beginners Course, but feel the need for extra follow-up? Do you wish to have your own instructor with full focus on just YOU? We offer both Private- and Group Lessons.
SNOWKITE COURSE FOR BEGINNERS
Learn how to Snowkite on a World Class Spot!
🛏 Arrange your own accommodation or choose one of our Kitecamp-packages at Haukeliseter with 3-course dinner included and discount for DNT-members!
💰 Extra discount for members of DNT-YOUNG!
💸 15% Discount on the purchase of new equipment after completing a course with our supplier FLUID!
- COURSE FEE Winter Weekends
- per Participant including Kite Gear
At our Snowkite Course for Beginners where we go through everything you need to become an independent snowkiter!
With the right conditions a lot of our participants are up and riding already on the first day of the course!
But we also spend time learning the right safety procedures, basic wind knowledge, and special precautions that are important to take when one is kiting at high speeds and can cover great distances in deep snow.
Our Course Program and theory lessons are finely tuned after 20+ years of operations. As an added bonus you will also receive a recap of the course on e-mail.
We hope to inspire you with our Passion! 😃
The program is preliminary and will be adjusted according to conditions and skills.
Attendance at 9pm at Haukeliseter Mountain Cabin for distribution of Personal Gear and a quick Theory Lesson (approximately 1 hour).
If you can not make it for the Friday evening theory lesson it will be fine as long as you are ready at Haukeliseter before 9.30 am on Saturday.
- Gear and Terminology
- Wind Window
- Kite Control
We eat breakfast and make a lunchpack
Attendance at 9.30 am and we´ll stay out until approximately 5 pm.
- Safety System
- Assisted Launch & Landing
- Kiting at speed
After breakfast we start again at 9.30 am and stay out until approximately 4.30 pm.
We practice more riding on skis/board with the kite, and cover the following topics:
- Riding, stopping, and jybing with skis/board
- Emergency Landing
- Assessment of Conditions and Kite Spot
- Choice of Equipment
Expect long days outside of approximately 7 hours. If you have to leave earlier you are free to do so.
Unless you have access to another cabin in the Haukelifjell/Røldal area, we recommend to stay at Haukeliseter.
At Haukeliseter we can offer two different Accomodation Packages to meet different budgets.
Click on the sections below to read more about Accomodation Options.
Haukeliseter Fjellstue offers 2 different packages for accommodation for participants in our kite courses:
- Mountain Room: en suite room with made beds (single room)
DNT member: 3565 NOK
Non-member: 2852 NOK
The price includes: accommodation, breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner on Saturday
For shared rooms, 2 people, the price is: 2048/2559 (DNT member / non-member). Requests for shared rooms must be specified in the registration.
- Mountain Cabin Room: Room of a more simple standard with access to bathroom in the Stabbur cellar. Shared room 1-6 people.
DNT member: 1090 NOK
Non-member: 1465 NOK
The price includes: accommodation and three-course dinner on Saturday
Breakfast and lunch / thermo refills can be purchased in addition for NOK 440/550 NOK (DNT member / non-member).
You can request Accommodation at Haukeliseter as an option when signing up for the course. Please note that requests for accommodation are handled by Haukeliseter, and that you will receive a separate invoice from Haukeliseter for this.
- Mountain Room: en suite room with made beds (single room)
You can of course arrange your own accommodation if you wish, either in a tent or in your own cabin.
We meet on Friday night at 2100 for distribution of equipment and a short theory lesson, but if this becomes difficult, you can get ready on Saturday at 09.30 in ski clothes and with a packed lunch.
For accommodation in Vågslid (10 min) or Røldal (30 min), check haukelifjell.no or roldal.no.
The course starts on Friday at 9pm with a theory lesson at Haukeliseter Fjellstue. If you can not attend on Friday thats OK, as long as you show up on Saturday. Saturday and Sunday we are outside all day, but we might also have some theoretical lessons indoors if practical. Expect long days of about 7 hours. If you have to travel early on Sunday then that’s fine.
Our Kite Camp options include accommodation at Haukeliseter, right in front of our main spot at Ståvatn. This includes a common dinner on Saturday.
There are different room standards and budgets to choose from, from simple dormitories where you brought your own breakfast and packed lunch, to hotel style with breakfast and packed lunch included. For more information about the rooms, see Haukeliseter’s website.
We also have discounts available for members of the Norwegian Tourist Association, and even more for youth members (under 26 years). So we are sure that we can accommodate every taste and budget, and that we offer the best snow kite camp in the country!
For locals or people who have a cabin in the ski areas nearby (Røldal and Haukelifjell), we offer the opportunity to participate on the Course Only. For everyone else, we definitely recommend choosing one of our Kite Camp Packages to get the full experience of our Snowkite paradise on Haukelifjell.
🏂Alpine skis or Snowboard
Yes, it is wise to bring ski poles too! If it has been a long time since you have been snowboarding, it is worth mentioning that it is easier to learn to kite on skis than on boards. We do not recommend using mountain skis with a soft boot to kite with due to the risk of ankle sprains. But if there is deep snow, it can be nice to have to go around with at the beginning of the course, before you learn to kite on skis.
🧥 Waterproof and breathable outerwear for the high mountains
Including a warm down jacket or sweater to use during the breaks, extra mittens and preferably gaiters. We’re out in the snow all day!
🥽 Snow goggles
🧴 Sunscreen with a high SPF
🎒 Small backpack to take with you out in the snow
🎿 Ski Touring Equipment
Mountain skiing, skins, avalanche detector, ski touring backpack …. If you have it! If there is no wind all day, there are good opportunities for a little trip. And sometimes we go a little to get out to the kite spot, then skins can be nice to have.
🛏 Own bedding or sleeping bag
If you are staying in a Mountain Cabin Room. If you do not bring this yourself then you will have to rent it at the reception.
🥾 Good mountain shoes
(Rigid hard plastic ski boots are hard to put on before we get on skis)
• Kite equipment
Kite, controll bar and harness
• Ski helmets for loan
For those who do not have themselves
What if the course is canceled or I am prevented from attending due to restrictions associated with Covid?
If courses are postponed, or restrictions or medical reasons prevent you from attending the course, we now offer free rebooking.
If you do not have the opportunity to participate at a later date, we offer a refund of the course fee.
What do I need to bring?
We provide kite equipment, but you must bring ski equipment. We recommend skis, but a snowboard is fine (just a little harder). Ski boots should be of the hard plastic kind to minimise risks of ankle injuries. Bring winter boots, your ski helmet and skins for your skis if you have them.
Who can participate?
Our winter courses are for complete beginners and kiters with a little experience. The only prerequisite is that you know how to ski (downhill).
Beginners should take a course!
Learning to kite is both difficult and risky if you try to learn on your own! For that reason, anyone who wants to start kiting should attend a course — first and foremost for safety, but also for faster progression.
What do you learn?
The beginner course aims to make you an independent kiter, so you can do it alone on the snow with your own gear. The course is practical with a lot of kite flying and fun, but there is nevertheless a great emphasis on safety.
Also for those that have done some kiting before…
If you already have done a kite course but need a refresher, let us know, and you will be placed in the advanced group. For the advanced group, we evaluate your level, and you can go straight to advanced riding techniques, jumping and tricks, tips for kiting in the terrain, and advanced techniques to be safe on your own in the mountains.
You need to bring your own skis/snowboard and winter outerwear.
Click here to open the Complete Packing List in a new window.
Unfortunately we don´t have alpine skis or snowboards for rent at Haukeliseter.
If you need this then it is possible to rent:
- Arriving from the EAST (Oslo/Kristiansand)
- At Haukelifjell Ski Centre (10 min by car)
- Arriving from the WEST (Stavanger/Haugesund/Bergen)
- At Røldal Ski Centre (30 min by car)
If you need to rent ski gear vi recommend that you arrive by own car since you will have to pick up and deliver the gear yourself, before and after the course.
- Arriving from the EAST (Oslo/Kristiansand)
The following applies to our 2-Day Beginner Courses:
If there is too little or too much wind to complete a basic Beginner Course in 2 days, we are proud to offer our Wind Guarantee.
This entails that you will be offered to come back on a Beginner Course (on snow or on water) at a later date, exempt from the Course Fee*.
For activities of shorter duration, we are flexible enough to be able to offer to change the time or date of the activity OR give a full refund if the wind forecast the day before is of such a character as to not be feasible to carry out the planned activity.
With that being said, we are pretty good at finding wind at Haukelifjell, and have several distinctive spots to choose from that can be dramatically different from each other in different wind directions and weather conditions. The weather on the mountain changes quickly and the weather forecast can be quite variable right up to the day before. So unless there is an extreme weather event, we do not usually cancel courses in advance due to weather conditions, as experience shows that we can often find a spot with acceptable conditions.
*Board & Accommodation not included. For complete terms, see our Terms & Conditions.
YES, it is possible to take the bus to Haukeliseter.
Haukeliekspressen passes twice a day towards Oslo and twice a day towards Haugesund.
If we end up driving to any of the other spots than the one in walking distance from Haukeliseter, we always find room for individuals in some of the cars.
(If you come as a group of 4 or more, it will be best if you bring your own car.)
Get a 15% discount on new equipment at Fluid after you have taken a course with us!