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Any US ski resorts open to speed flyers?

 


Wings-n-Things  (D 12016)

Sep 11, 2010, 4:32 PM
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Any US ski resorts open to speed flyers at any time of the year? Great way to keep those lifts running! Cool


AggieDave  (D License)

Sep 11, 2010, 4:40 PM
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Kevin Love is a guy to talk to about speed flying at ski resorts. He used to do a bit of it and used to be a ski instructor, of course he's a top-notch canopy pilot as well. Call The Farm, ask for him.


freeflyn  (D License)

Sep 11, 2010, 7:10 PM
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Senior Love is the man to contact, however, you will have an exceedingly difficult time finding resorts to fly at as a result of liability insurance. With respect to keeping the lifts going, skiers/riders are currently doing a fine job at most resorts. Correct me if I am wrong but in Europe you require a paragliding rating in order to speed-fly at the resorts that are ok with it. Until there is a recognized/ insured US system in place I believe you are going to continue to face the same issues. If this sport continues to grow in the US someone will see an angle to jump on it and make money but now the numbers are just too small. Coupling the numbers with the rogue behavior exhibited by some of the pilots may make this difficult venture.


Calvin19  (D 29712)

Sep 11, 2010, 11:59 PM
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Most places in europe require a speed flying rating, not a full on PG rating.

here in Colorado there are a few places that allow it or turn a blind eye and a few that cut your pass for even trying.


freeflyn  (D License)

Sep 12, 2010, 12:11 AM
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What places in CO are ok with it?


ecnuob  (A License)

Sep 13, 2010, 12:00 AM
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Crystal Mountain in Washington has been fine with it for the past few years and has even hosted a couple of demo events... However the preferred run, known as exterminator, will have a gondola going right up the middle of it starting this year. Not sure how that's going to affect things, if they will allow it elsewhere on the mountain or ban it outright...


virgin-burner

Sep 20, 2010, 10:36 AM
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In reply to:
Most places in europe require a speed flying rating, not a full on PG rating.

switzerland requires you to have a PG - and an additional speedflying-rating; full on! Shocked


justinhawxhurst  (C 21844)

Sep 26, 2010, 11:31 AM
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France you just have to be insured by the paragliding hang gliding fed and a helmet is compulsery. Chamonix rocks for speedriding.


ojibwe  (A 36892)

Oct 27, 2010, 6:25 PM
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saw an Aspen Club offering, checking it out


DesertDevil  (D 6323)

Nov 10, 2010, 9:40 PM
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Any US ski resorts open to speed flyers at any time of the year? Great way to keep those lifts running! Cool

If you come to Utah, contact Cloud 9. We have a few places here.


xaos27  (D License)

Nov 29, 2010, 10:38 AM
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Same thing at Crystal you need a p-2, it used to be have fun and use your head. that did not work to well, to many people could not ski and were going down the bunny slope.

Andy


LetsGoOutside  (D License)

Nov 29, 2010, 12:21 PM
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Mt Howard and Mt Bachelor, but you need USHPA ratings.


Pendragon  (D 104102)

Dec 6, 2010, 9:45 AM
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Out of interest, do you know if foreign ratings are acceptable at the US resorts? Eg, I have a BHPA Pilot (hill) rating on a paraglider, which is equivalent to an IPPI Para Pro stage 4 - I used that to fly my paraglder in Switzerland, for instance.


LetsGoOutside  (D License)

Dec 9, 2010, 7:59 AM
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I would think so, similiar to skydiving. I would recommend calling ahead. Personally, I think it's a little silly to require PG ratings for speedflying. I think the resorts either need an exception or the US needs a separate rating system.



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