Paragliding is enjoyed all over the world and for good reason. There is nothing quite like it. Enjoy soaring high above it all and get an eagle-eye view of the Rocky Mountains. Whether you are an avid enthusiast, beginner or just interested in being piloted as a tandem passenger, you will have an experience of a lifetime.
Paragliding is a recreational flying sport. A paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. Because of the mountainous terrain in the Vail Valley, it lends itself perfectly to the sport of paragliding. Not unlike balloon rides (refer to "Balloon Rides"), coasting at altitude on the natural air currents of the Rocky Mountains is both exhilarating and challenging. It is also incredible peaceful once airborne without the noise of an engine, it is not unlike flying like a bird. Paragliding trips are offered for both single pilots and those wishing to fly tandem.
For the more reticent participant, many vendors offer flights that are controlled by an experienced pilot, with the passenger simply gliding in the second harness. Because of the altitude and the necessity of some heavy hiking back up to the launch zone, this is not an activity for the faint at heart. Fitness and comfort with heights are essential for new paragliders. As with any mountainous activity, the weather can dictate much about your trip. Poor weather, including high winds, rain or overcast skies can lead to cancellation of the trip; but this is always done with the participant's safety in mind. Most vendors will reschedule the flight conveniently for you, or will refund your trip fee but check with your provider for exact details.
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