Kite Skiing on the Spit


A few days ago, I was driving across the Hood River Bridge on the way home from a run when I noticed a kiter below. Surely, I thought, no one is kite boarding when it's 20 degrees. Then I realized that the kiter was on skis. I had to learn more, as I'd never seen this before, so I drove down there and introduced myself. I learned that in the Gorge, we don't usually get the right kind of snow and good wind at the same time--but when we do, wow! Here's Peter Hill, a Gorge realtor and ski instructor, doing his thing (and who was kind enough to answer all my questions about kite skiing).