Winters in Utah get awful depressing when there's too much snow to ride and it's too expensive to snowboard. However, things became much more interesting when I bought an electric powered styrofoam wing called a ZAGI! These things are awesome. Basically a remote controlled acrobatic wing that really hauls and is meant for beginners. It comes as a kit (400X from Zagi.com or can be found cheaper on Ebay) and takes about 4 hours to assemble. I paid $115 for the plane kit (with battery and receiver) and $70 for the remote control. The range on these crazy things is almost out of sight with a top speed of around 45 mph. They act like fighter jets and since they are built out of foam, you can crash them many, many, many, many, times (I can testify) and with a little tlc will fly again the next day! You need a large field (with no trees), a 1/2 hour lunch break and a buddy to fetch your plane when you crash it at the other end of the field and your winter-time blues will melt away. I've never laughed so hard in my life as when I was learning to fly this thing! Enjoy.