Paraski près du cratère des Pingualuit

Paraski près du cratère des Pingualuit, Nunavik, Québec

 

Pour tout amateur de kite, ce territoire immense, dépourvu d’arbres et recouvert de glace huit mois par année, est un terrain de jeu de prédilection pour partir à l’aventure.

En mars dernier, un premier projet pilote de développement touristique en kiteski a été testé dans le premier parc national a voir le jour au Nunavik en 2007, au parc national des Pingaluit, situé à environ 90 km de la communauté inuite de Kangiqsujuaq.
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par Guillaume Roy



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Publié dans Kitebordermagazine le 13 décembre 2014,

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With eight-month long winters and ice as far as the eye can see, Nunavik is a kiteskiing paradise for those willing to give it a shot. Over the past seven years, over 1,500 people have learned to kite – ski in 15 communities in Nunavik and Nunavut. And more keep coming.

At the northernmost Quebec village, a light snow sweeps across as strong northern winds blow at 40km/h. Snow has been falling all night and 15 cm of fresh packed snow covers the bay. Blue, red, white, green and yellow forms are speeding up left and right in the Ivujivik bay. Looking closer, one can see skiers being pulled by colourful kites flying around. It’s a spectacular sight for the curious villagers who barely knew what kiteskiing was just a few days prior.

They better get used to it because when you begin to kiteski, it completely changes the way you see the world. Every time the wind blows, it makes you wonder if it is strong enough to ride. It turns on a brain connection that makes you crave to go out on your skis and ride as fast as the wind can pull you. It happens to me every time and I am always impressed how fast people become addicted to kiteskiing.

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