2011 Snow Kite Masters Competition

Photographs from The Snow Kite Masters - Mark Esper. Photographer.

A lone figure trudges up Col de Lauteret in the morning light, snowboard in hand. The valley of Serre Chavelier lies in the distance beyond.///A figure trudging up Col de Lauteret, snowboard in hand with the valley of Serre Chavelier beyond.

It’s a steep climb, even through the compacted snow-flattened steps of others.

Depending on the night before, the snow surface you step through can be a brittle as creme brullé or as unforgiving as tarmac after a couple of days of competitive riding.

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