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  1. Hey, thanks for the link, jcbfly! That is exactly what I've been looking for. And I guess salt lake isn't too far from me! These are probably the guys that I see paragliding in that area every time I drive through.
  2. As far as your last comment goes, yoink, I'm glad that I have taken skydiving courses, and understand the risks involved. I betcha anything that if I had learned about this sport before I did my skydiving, I probably would've gotten into some trouble. Here's what's on my mind as of late though. Yes, there are obstacles to be worried about. People, Ski Lifts (assuming I'm doing this in-bounds) trees, rocks, etc. However the problem that I'm having a tough time getting over is this: Earlier in the post I was told that I should be able to land this type of canopy in a wide open sky onto a wide open field. This only doesn't make sense to me because of the slope of the wide open field. When I was doing my skydive training, my instructors would swoop into this flat field going 40 or so miles an hour. Very impressive I thought, but then I was putting myself in that position as I was trying to land a 260 sq ft canopy. If I had a high performance wing, I would've never been able to gauge the correct distance that I should flare with a canopy that small, and I bet I would flare too late and slam into this FLAT field. Now, with ski-gliding, the way I see it is if you are in a wide open bowl with relatively few skiers, no trees and no lifts, on a bright sunny windless day, if you accidentally bury a toggle at least you land on a slope instead of a flat bit of ground. Another thing I don't know about is the speed these canopies are flying at, but just skiing I have taken many a spill going in the 30-mile an hour range. Looking at the video, it doesn't seem to be that they are skiing/gliding at a speed much faster than that. Finally something I had no clue about is this micrometeorology you speak of. What makes this so tough is the area I live in though. It is some of the best skiing in the world, but the skydiving scene is virtually non-existent. Therefore it is extremely difficult to get any training what-so-ever. Where would I find training on micrometeorology? I will look into it more. Give me your thoughts! Trev
  3. Yeah, Jackee's advice is quite good, however, I was slightly under the assumption that if you are in a big wide open ski bowl with no rocks and no cliffs or trees, you could just ski down and practice that way. I consistently launch cliffs of about 20-30 feet on my skis, and feel quite comfortable landing things that large, and I feel that just jumping a parachute the impacts I would experience wouldn't be nearly that hard. At least when I was practicing. I don't plan on taking it off giant cliffs yet. Just groomed runs with fun little rollers and places where I can get the feel of the parachute. What do you think?
  4. I just watched the new Warren Miller ski movie, and they have a segment on Ski-gliding: Skiing down a slope with a small maneuverable parachute so you can jump cliffs and rocks etc with your skis. More or less, combining swooping with skiing. As I watched this I immediately fell in love, and would like to purchase a parachute for this purpose. (I have only 28 skydives, so I don't think I'd be good enough yet to jump from a plane with that parachute. .) Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions of what type of parachute I should get, and where to find it? Here's a link of a video of ski-gliding.
  5. Hey, just thought I'd say hi. i'm originally from Bozeman, MT and going back in a bit, but I just finished my AFF in Nelson NZ. I'm just working on some consolidation jumps now, and loving every second of free fall! I'm on jump 18 right now, going for 25 to get my A-license. Wish me luck!
  6. Fantastic Dropzone. . .not that I have much to compare it too. I did my AFF here planning on leaving as soon as I was done with it. Well, I finished my AFF in three days, and 2 weeks later, I'm still here racking up the consolidation jumps. I have no problems with hanging out in the area! The crew are super nice and welcoming. They were very professional when it came to the AFF course as well. And it is also one of the cheapest places to jump in NZ! So for that, they get a thumbs up! Keep it up guys!