Snow kiteboarding is a versatile sport because it can be done in many locations where there is snow and in lighter wind. Snow kiters can take advantage of lighter winds than kitesurfers because there is much less resistance to the wind without the drag of water. Harder packed snow will have even less drag than deep powder; and the great variety of snowkiting spots and new types of terrain to choose from, add exciting possibilities!
Snowkiting the Prairies - endless possibilities - giving new meaning to the flat life!
You would typically use smaller kites than in the same wind speed in the water.
There are two main types of kites used for snow kiteboarding: leading edge inflatables (LEIs) that are commonly used in the water; and, foil kites (sometimes used in water).
The main advantage of using an LEI is probably the fact that you already have a few of them from kitesurfing. They are also designed with more depower from sheeting out. The downside to these kites is that they are more difficult to relaunch on land than water. This is more true when using the C shape kites. Todays SLEs (Supported Leading Edge) Inflatable kites are much easier to launch - sometimes too easy and they launch pretty hot on snow (ie too downwind and do not on the side of the wind window). Using an inflatable also means that you need to carry around a pump and use it in VERY cold weather. And more fiddling around with attachment points while your fingers freeze.
A new type of "sheetable foil" kite is coming onto the market that combines the sheetability (depower) of an inflatable with the benefits of using a foil kite. These kites are considerably more expensive but with greater range you will hopefully own less kites for snow kiting.
Kiteskiing in Whistler BC with a sheetable foil kite.