2011 Snow Kite Masters Competition

Dawn breaking as seen from the roadside at Col de Lauteret, Serre Chevalier, France.///Dawn breaking as seen from the roadside at Col de Lauteret, Serre Chevalier, France.

There is a gathering after every Christmas. It takes place at high altitude. When people elsewhere are still trying to shake off seasonal hang-overs and face up to the prospect of another year of work, others gather to play, high in the French Alps.

The Snow KIte Masters.

Seven years old, this event like the mountain morning light creeps around the calendar, hugging the hillsides.

The ingredients are simple. Sun, snow and wind. And yet they rarely travel together. Snowkiting is a capricious sport. It teases you with the possibility of the moment when all three will come together to create an extreme sport spectacle.

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