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AaronD

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Someone recently gave me a cool map that shows all the US drop zones and whether they are large or small DZ's. I am about ready for a move and I make my living decisions usually based largely on location. What are the most picturesque DZ's you've visited in the US? Maybe not so well known but mountain backdrops or something like that...

I did my AFF at Pudding Hill (now closed) in south isl new zealand and it was amazing. Great views, cool little town and lots of jumping...looking to find something similar in the states...

Thoughts? I have a tiny house so just need 'rv' parking available.

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Some where on dropzone.com, some one rated Finger Lakes Skydivers in Ovid, NY as the second most beautiful DZ in the US. They ranked Skydive Moab first. Finger Lakes Skydivers has a spectacular view of the Finger Lakes Region, a series of 11 glacial dug lakes that run north and south like the fingers on a hand.

http://www.fingerlakes.org/about-the-region/lake-information

http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/wdrb_weather/2013/11/fascinating-high-res-satellite-image-of-finger-lakes-in-new-york.html

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You're not going to find many that are both year-round medium to big places AND have beautiful views. I clicked on this to tout http://www.skydiveharborsprings.com/pure-michigan-sky-diving-charlevoix-airport-mi.htm It's a mostly tandem 182 DZ but I've never seen a more beautiful view from the sky. During the summer they have a day per week when local jumpers get together and jump.
"I encourage all awesome dangerous behavior." - Jeffro Fincher

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johnhking1

Some where on dropzone.com, some one rated Finger Lakes Skydivers in Ovid, NY as the second most beautiful DZ in the US. They ranked Skydive Moab first. Finger Lakes Skydivers has a spectacular view of the Finger Lakes Region, a series of 11 glacial dug lakes that run north and south like the fingers on a hand.

http://www.fingerlakes.org/about-the-region/lake-information

http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/wdrb_weather/2013/11/fascinating-high-res-satellite-image-of-finger-lakes-in-new-york.html



I will still stick with Jet City on Whidbey Island

http://binged.it/1TuMtxF

The Glaciers here did a pretty good job of carving out some spectacular scenery
Admiralty Inlet to the west.... 2 10,000 foot glacier covered volcanos just to the east..
Mt Baker to the north East
Glacier Peak just to the East

All of the North Cascades to the East ( Aka the American Alps)
Vancouver Island and the Provincial Capital of British Columbia just to the west on the other side of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Ju DeFuca to the NW
Olympic Mountains on the other side of the Straits south of Port Angeles and hundreds of small islands in the San Juan Islands below you.:)

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No mountains, but Skydive Sebastian, every ride to altitude is over the inter-coastals and always turbines.
This is the paradox of skydiving. We do something very dangerous, expose ourselves to a totally unnecesary risk, and then spend our time trying to make it safer.

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If you want mountain scenery, go jump at Skydive Whistler. Cessnas go up to 10,000 feet, so you exit just below local peaks. A turbine will take you above all the (hundreds) of snow-capped mountains. You don't need an altimeter, just pull after you pass the V-shaped glacier on the south side of the valley.
They land at Pemberton Airport, just a few miles northeast of the 2010 Winter Olympics slopes.
Better be good at spotting or else you land on the Indian reservation on the north side of the River ... and that River flows fast!
If you spot too far south, you will hit a heavily-wooded, steep slope. Spot too Far East? No big deal.
Spot too far west and you land on a golf course.

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Kapowsin - great views of Mt Rainier, Hood Canal, Puget Sound

Sebastian - fantastic views of the Florida coast, intracoastal waterway

Lost Prairie - gorgeous valley with mountain views everywhere
"We saved your gear. Now you can sell it when you get out of the hospital and upsize!!" "K-Dub"

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AaronD

Someone recently gave me a cool map that shows all the US drop zones and whether they are large or small DZ's. I am about ready for a move and I make my living decisions usually based largely on location. What are the most picturesque DZ's you've visited in the US? Maybe not so well known but mountain backdrops or something like that...

I did my AFF at Pudding Hill (now closed) in south isl new zealand and it was amazing. Great views, cool little town and lots of jumping...looking to find something similar in the states...

Thoughts? I have a tiny house so just need 'rv' parking available.



the most beautiful drop zones are the ones with the most airplanes and the fewest altitude restrictions.
Always remember the danger.

Never forget the fun!

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drdive

Kapowsin - great views of Mt Rainier, Hood Canal, Puget Sound

Sebastian - fantastic views of the Florida coast, intracoastal waterway

Lost Prairie - gorgeous valley with mountain views everywhere

Good choices all. You guys need to make it out to North Shore with us. Coastal scenery WITH mountain ranges, whales, turtles, surfer chicks. B|

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Greene County, Xenia Ohio.

This is a family owned DZ in Xenia Ohio that's a legend in Skydiving.
It's on a Beautiful Farm with grass runways, unique West Wind turbine aircraft. You can live on the DZ. Hotels and Motels close by. Xenia Ohio has a small town atmosphere and rents are low.

http://www.Skydiveohio.com
I Jumped with the guys who invented Skydiving.

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