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Paragliding

Paragliding is the best way to get a birds eye view of the stunning mountains and glaciers of the Southern French Alps! Try a tandem or learn to fly yourself!

Adventure Factor
Courage needed to run off the mountain. After that it is pure beauty!

Locations
Hautes Alpes, France

Months Available
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Age/Size Restrictions

Minimum age for tandem flights is between 8 and 10 depending on flight. Minimum age for courses is 16.

Skill Level

No previous experience is needed.

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Paragliding

With its 300 days of sunshine a year and the unique microclimate created by the Ecrins mountains, the Southern French Alps is a perfect location for paragliding and, as it's still a relatively well kept secret, you can fly without hundreds of other paragliders getting in your way.

What is Paragliding?

Paragliding is not the same as parachuting where you jump out of a plane and then release your parachute.

For paragliding, you start off at a high point - the top of a mountian for example, and lay out your parachute behind you on the ground. Once you are sure it is all ready and safe to go, you literally run off the mountain pulling the parachute behind you. As you move forwards the air fills the parachute which normally coincides with you running out of land and whoohoo - you are suddenly flying in the air!

You then use the air currents and thermals (rising air) to fly up and down. Experienced paragliders can fly for 100ds of km without having to touch the ground!

How to Paraglide?

To actually fly yourself requires a thorough knowledge and understanding of the effects of the air currents, how thermals work and of course how to technically control and manage these to your benefit with the parachute. 

Choosing and navigating to a safe landing spot and controlling your speed so that you can land without hurting yourself is extremely important and requires instruction and learning!

It is possible to learn this over a week and most people manage to fly independently (with radio support) after 3 days.

However, if you just want to have a go without investing in a full course, there are a range of tandem paragliding flights available.

Tandem flights are where you are attached to an experienced instructor who flies and lands the parachute for you so you can concentrate on enjoying the experience in total safety! A tandem flight lasts approximately 15 minutes and is possible in summer and winter. 

It is also possible to extend your flight time to 1 hour for a relaxed fliy over the Alps admiring the scenery - much better than looking out of the window of a plane!  

For adrenalin thrill seekers you can also go for a 'sensation' flight where your instructor will do figures and manoeuvres in the air that will really get your adrenaline going!

All courses and tandem flights are run by fully qualified and experienced instructors operating within European regulations and guidelines and all equipment is provided.

Our Points System

With all of our activity holidays and some of our sport specific holidays we include a number of activity points which you can exchange for the activities of your choice. We will then incorporate your choices into your holiday and create your tailor made itinerary.

Activity Point Options
  • 4 Points - Tandem Paragliding Flight (10 - 15 mins in air)
    All Levels / Min Age 8
  • 5 Points - Tandem Paragliding Sensation (10 - 15 mins in air)
    All Levels / Min Age 10
  • 7 Points - Tandem Paragliding Journey - (45 mins in air)
    All Levels / Min Age 10
Other Options

5 day Beginner Course:

The first couple of days are spent familiarising yourself with the equipment and practising take off and landing procedures. Then on the last three days, if the instructors are happy with your progress and the weather, you can fly on your own.

You will be in radio contact with the instructors at all times. 

5 day Intermediate Course:

If you are a more experienced flyer there is a five day course aimed at helping you to acquire more flying techniques so you can really make the most out of your air time. You will be in radio contact with the instructors at all times. 

 

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