Snowkiting in the Engadin

The perfect counterpart to kiting in summer, snowkiting is a fun change from classic skiing and snowboarding. Anyone at home on a piste will learn quickly. To keep the risk of injury to a minimum, it is strongly recommended that novices take a beginners’ course. Your experienced snowkite instructor will introduce you to the specific kites and the safety system used.

Stefan Popprath, the founder of the Snowkite and Kitesurf School Silvaplana, first started instructing on Lake Silvaplana in 1994, at a time when snowkiting was still just developing. “There wasn’t even a proper name for it yet. First, we called it parawing, then we named it kitesailing, which is where the school’s name originated from”, says Stefan.

Learn how to snowkite

Swiss Kitesurf offers beginner and intermediate snowkite courses. The experienced licensed instructors are passionate about kitesurfing and will show you the ropes of surfing on skis or a snowboard. Your lessons take place either on the frozen Lake Silvaplana or on the Bernina Pass.

For more information or for registration contact Yannick Galbinec at or +41 81 828 97 67.

Wind and Weather forecast

Find out what the wind is doing in Silvaplana with the current wind forecast. Do you want to follow the first snowkiters out on the frozen lake? Click on the webcam situated directly at the kite station to watch them live in action. Plan your next days of fun with the weather forecast.

Ideal snowkite conditions are winds coming from the south or southwest. Northerly and easterly winds are often gusty, caution is required in these conditions. In general, the southerly foehn wind, sunshine and an even atmospheric pressure distribution are ideal conditions for a great snowkite day. Do you want to learn more about the Maloja wind? Find out about how thermal winds work here.

Snow kite equipment Rental

Are you already familiar with snowkiting and would like to rent or buy a kite? Visit the Kite-Shop at the Sports Center Mulets, shop manager Yannick Galbinec will help you find the right equipment.

Rental equipment is included in the snowkite course. All you need to bring is warm clothing including gloves and a helmet, skis or snowboard as well as goggles and sun cream.

Book a Snowkite package

Snowkiting is for everyone, from children to adults. Gliding over the frozen lake on skis or a snowboard is a great family activity! Or book a snowkite package together with your accommodation in Silvaplana and surprise your favourite kitesurf fan with a gift voucher!

Snowkite packages, Events, Hotels & Restaurants

Are you looking for a good restaurant to fuel up energy for your next snowkite session? Are you interested in a package deal or suitable accommodation during your stay in Silvaplana? Find all sorts of enticing deals and packages, venues and events for your snowkiting trip to the Engadin.