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Old 09-18-2012   #1
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Any Snow Kayakers Out There?

Hey All,

Have any of you tried snow kayaking or snow boatercross? I am looking to write a magazine article about this crazy sport! I hope I can hear more about your experience!

Check Out Monarch's Annual Snow Boatercross Video


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Old 09-18-2012   #2
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A little different than the video, but I've had some fun snow-yakin.


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Old 09-18-2012   #3
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Do they have a creature craft division?
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Old 09-18-2012   #4
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only tried it on kid sled runs...Anybody know of good spots for it?....ducky wrapped tightly in a blue tarp for moguls and bigger jumps....urban snowboarders make some tough looking drops /jumps on the north side of Ruby Hill, through the trees (not the kid area) ...big air and not much room to stop before the street though.
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Old 09-18-2012   #5
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I tried dragging my S8 and Micro up some of the runs at Mt. Baker but it didn't work as well as I'd hoped, My feet didn't fit in the S8 with boots on , but it was a much better hull than the Micro.
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Old 09-18-2012   #6
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Kickass mountain kayaking

Last year i actually had picked up a jackson fun kakay right before i headed up to berthoud pass.There were about 6the inche of fresh snow amd decided no better time than now.So i treaded up the east side of the pass,oh it was Late and night and it was just me and the dogs...Anyways got up to tree line and hopped in the kayak with a paddle a must have, and a way i went same basic monuevers as used in any good water and it was amazing the amount of control given to u by the friction of the snow and yak.Anyways it is an awesome sport and for all u river junkies i highly recommend it to keep away those winter blues..paddles up
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Old 09-18-2012   #7
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Does anyone actually do this? There's a race at Monarch that I'm going to this year (for sure) and would probably participate....but people don't run their actual boats, do they? I think it'd be fun to buy someone's old beater and run it down the hill for laughs and decapitations. Bueller??
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Old 09-18-2012   #8
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I don't see any reason why you wouldn't take your actual boat. Snow is generally harmless on your kayak, at least it's certainly less wear and tear than say boofing your way down a class 4 run. I would not hesitate to take even my new kayaks to do some downhilling on the snow.

Longer is better it seems as the playboats weren't able to make it through the water, but the longer boats were. Awesome how some of the shots show the kayaks getting air out the other side of the pond!

Only concern I would have is losing the kayak down the hill, or receiving injuries from collisions. There certainly wouldn't be much risk of damaging your kayak on the Monarch course as posted in the video.

Go have fun!
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Old 09-18-2012   #9
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I am so glad to hear some of you have tried this! I'm still learning how this forum works but would samuk2 , markburchkhard and Farve be interested in doing an interview? Please email me your reply to It really is nothing extensive and if you would like we can just do it by email.

I am really looking forward to getting some snow here soon so I can try it out myself!
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Old 09-18-2012   #10
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It's sick. Come check it out.


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