The Dillon Snowkite Open (DSO) is one of the major stops on the North American snowkite Tour (NAST). At our event you will collect points that will accumulate towards the finals, (Destination to be determined) The DSO will consist of 4 days of competition and freeriding. Including a regatta style racing format, Long distance (winduro),and freestyle / free ride sessions and a demo / trainer kite day. There will be a series with 3 fleet races in a regatta format (races will be scheduled for the most consistent forecasted wind). Plus a long distance race to test the competitors endurance and all out speed. Leaving plenty of time to just let loose and do a little freestyle!
The Flat out Freestyle and freeride will be a judged event by a select unknown few of your peers and hopefully have shadowbox input, but to be determined. (Shadowbox is a device each kiter has that records everything they do. How fast they go, how High they jump, how much hang time, and how many spins for example.) There will be no Rails but possibility some kickers, hence the name “flat out” . This portion of the event will take place form the start of the event on Thursday to the end of the Event on Sunday. Kiters will be judge whenever they ride and you do not have to be present for all days, but must ride at least once and be registered in the event. As a freestyle / freeride competitor you are also not obligated to race, but we welcome everyone to participate as long as they check in with the race committee. Everyone who registers will automatically be entered in this event. So every kiter will receive some points towards the finals, no mater if they place or not. This is a point gathering event towards the freestyle championship.
The winduro is scheduled for Thursday afternoon for early travelers and will be approximately 10 miles for the pro division. There will be a shortened course for women and the Amateurs. No points toward the championship will be awarded in this event.
Friday and Saturday will be open to the Regatta 3 race series. The courses will set with windward and Leeward marks and on average may take 15-25 minutes each. Sunday will be kept as a backup race day if there is not enough wind the previous days. These races will be point gathering towards the racing championship.
Sunday will be kept open. The goal will be to have day set aside for kite companies and sponsors to Demo gear to consumers, trainer kite demos and introduce new people to our sport.
Trophies (nice ones) will be given out for 1st-3rd place in all divisions and categories.
All competitors will receive an event shirt and other swag. (only the first 50 to register will get them)
A hot lunch and beverages will be provided for registrants on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored Beer will be also available after kiting each day.
• Pro Men – We’re not professionals! If you you can keep up with your kite buddies, this is the place for you. (We are working on a cash purse)
• Amateur Men - For the new competitor with less then a years experience.
• Women – All abilities.
Schedule of Events:
|Thursday, February 10th|
|10:00am-12:30pm||Registration and pre-registration pick up.|
|10:00am-1:00pm||Warm up, free ride, and wind check.|
|1:00pm||Competitors race meeting. Will discuss long distance race, scoring and rules for the day.|
|1:30-2:00pm||Long distance race or freestyle expression session will start no later then 2pm.|
|7:00pm||Racers welcome party with Beer sponsor, Location TBD|
|Friday, February 11th|
|10:00am -11:00am||Late Registration|
|11:15am||Competitor Race meeting to discuss Fleet racing, starting divisions and rules.|
|12:00 (noon)||First Start of Fleet racing. Will try hold as many as 4 races in each division.|
|4:15pm||No races will start after this time, but may take longer to finish.|
|5:00pm||Competitor party at the Best Western conference center.
(sponsored by SKA Brewing Co.)
|8:00pm||Racer Dinner/drinks at local destination. TBD|
|Saturday, February 12th|
|11:00am||Complete races if needed.|
|11:00am||Expression session photo shoot|
|Sunday, February 10th|
|12:00||Trophies and award presentation.|
|12:00||Back up day to make up any races if necessary|
|12:00||Trainer kites and kite demos for all!|
|Meet the riders and learn all about the new stuff.|
Lodging will be available at the Best Western, Ptarmigin Lodge. @ $106 + tax per night Regularly $139/night. The hotel is located at the Event site, on the Dillion Reservoir and across From Pug Ryan’s Brewery. You can just about kite from your room! Rooms will be reserved until January 10th so don’t delay, you will miss out!
For reservations please contact 1-800-842-5939 and mention “Snowkite open”
Also this condo is available if you have a large group.
Accommodation discounts from Summit Resort group:
15% off 2 & 3 Night Stays, Stay 3 Get the 4th night Free (25% off) of 4 night stays.
Summit Resort Group 800-944-9601
350 Lake Dillon Dr, Dillon, CO 80435
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