Wasn't there a brief fashion for uphill paragliding on skis in Scotland, in the late 80s I think? I never saw it done but I believe there were problems with developing a reliable quick-release mechanism to escape from the kit - as people kept getting dragged over rocks by vicious scottish gusts.
I've got a 3.5m kite, never tried it on snow. I found it pretty hard just tae keep it up, and to keep ma feet on the ground.... It lifted ma mate a fair old height, then dropped him, he smashed his ancle to bits.....
al probaly take it up Glencoe a few times this year, if any of yas want a shot give me a shout, but use it at your own risk, as in any injurys and its nowt tae dae wi me!!
I got a 3.5 beamer for kite boarding n i have had around 30mph out of it at st andrews beach, dont fancy it on a snowboard though...........15......20....25....30mph wooo hoooo.......oh shht massive rock..crash bang...broken head...glencoe ski patrol....stretcher....ambulance....hospital.....and a ban on kiting haha