Norway’s battle with the wind gods, waged upon skis

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The world’s biggest snowkiting race 02:07Story highlightsOne of the largest races in the emerging sport of snow kiting takes place on a remote, windy ice fieldLike the legend for which it is named, few make it to the end of the snow kite competitionHaugastøl, Norway (CNN)Snow kiting is as exciting as it looks. Speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. Leaping 80 feet up in the air and gracefully soaring distances as far as 500 feet before landing back on frozen terra firma.

Combining proven fun activities of skiing or snowboarding with kiting makes the joy exponential. It’s also harder than it looks. The skills required are highly technical, the gear is complicated, you need to be very fit to be competitive, and it can only be done in certain regions of the world.

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