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Feb 11, 2016
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Hi all,

Hoping to start working towards my P1/P2 paragliding cert soon. I'm currently based in Boulder and will be there until mid-April or so. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with the schools in Colorado...

I'm currently looking at Peak to Peak Paragliding in Boulder and Adventure Paragliding based in Glenwood. While Peak to Peak is out the back door, the slight downside seems to be more simple and unvarying terrain that may not be representative of other Colorado areas I'd like to fly in the future. This is opposed to Glenwood, which is further away (and possibly too snowy to train until April/May?) but offers a more complex and "mountainous" flying area which might offer a deeper learning experience. I'll be starting full time/structured work again mid-April so I've yet to determine if Glenwood would even be an option conditions wise before then. Anyways, this is the overall gist I've gotten from talking to a few people previously. What do you think?

I will hopefully be able to meet/talk with both schools in the next week but figured I'd throw this out there as well. If you've got any tips, tricks, or suggestions in regards to pursuing paragliding in general I'd love to hear those as well. Thanks for your time!

-Eric
Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 10, 2012
2,058 points
Feb 11, 2016
I fly a small plane out of Boulder Municipal, and I've taken glider lessons with Mile High, and talked with the balloon companies, but never dealt with paragliding.

I'm under the impression that Boulder doesn't allow any landing or launching from Boulder open spaces. I've never seen paragliders over Boulder proper, although you do see them north of the city. Poking around Peak to Peak's website, it looks like they must have permission to launch from Foothills Park, but maybe the city expects people to also land there.

Golden, on the other hand, is always swamped with gliders from Lookout mountain. I'd expect to be driving down there for lessons, although it's only 20-30 minutes each way.

milehighgliding.com/common/sin... has a description of what the thermals and waves over Boulder can be like, and forecast.weather.gov/product.p... is a useful weather tool for soaring out of Boulder. Boulder doesn't have a reputation for simple gliding weather, although I don't know how paragliders feel about it.

Winter flying in Boulder can be rough, and the winds can grow very strong. My understanding is that paragliding has a high accident rate relative to skydiving or gliding, so be careful.

Absolutely none of this is coming from a paraglider, but hopefully you learned something useful. Good luck!
Zach M
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jun 15, 2011
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Feb 12, 2016
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Hey Zach,

Thanks for the info and the link, that was an interesting read for sure! And yes, I'm curious to find out what the "in" season is around here, I assume summer. And yes, they must be permitted as it looks like all flights are over the foothills in N Boulder and I think that's open space... At the very least I've now got a few more questions to add to the list!

Thanks again,

-Eric
Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 10, 2012
2,058 points
Feb 12, 2016
Don't waste your time learning anywhere in Colorado, take two weeks to learn how to fly at The Point of the Mountain in Salt Lake. Seriously, I know what I'm talking about - pilot for 9 years, competitions, flown all over the world, used to be a member of The Telluride Airforce, and just moved back to SLC from Boulder last fall. You will learn more/fly more in a week at The Point than you will all summer in Boulder or Glenwood. You will have to wait until May for The Point to be flyable. After you get your P2, take a guided day with a school in Boulder or Golden to get set up to fly there. Don't try and cut corners with you're training, you'll die.

Dale Covington (801-699-1462) and Chris Santacroce (Superfly, 801-255-9595) are the 2 best options for teachers in SLC/America.
David Wieder
From Salt Lake, UT
Joined May 15, 2014
60 points
Feb 12, 2016
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I second that, call Chris Santacroce. Kristoffer
From North Bend, Wa
Joined Feb 2, 2006
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Feb 12, 2016
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Thanks for the heads up guys, great to know. I'll give Chris a call as a two week trip is definitely doable and well worth the travel if it's that much better. Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 10, 2012
2,058 points
Feb 12, 2016
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I've looked at the CO options and have a little feedback as I'm in about the same boat (learning / searching for an instructor). I chose to stay away from the Boulder options as I wasn't impressed with the weather consistency or feedback from previous local students. I can go into detail in a PM if someone is considering learning in Boulder, but I don't want to rag on local pilots unnecessarily or publicly.

I've spent some time, and flown once, with Greg Kelly of Vail Valley Paragliding, and he seems like a very good option (good recommendations from past students). However, Greg teaches skiing at Vail until mid April, so might not be an option given your schedule.

The Salt Lake suggestion at The Point of the Mountain sounds great - I'll look into that for the spring.
Adamant D
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 19, 2010
5 points
Feb 12, 2016
As another option-I would look up Jonathan at utahparagliding.com I didn't learn from him initially-but he definitely helped me out pro bono dozens of times and offered to take me places that I hadn't flown before-cool guy and knows his stuff.

Of course-superfly is awesome as well-and the option of doing tows and collapsing your wing numerous times under supervision is a huge benefit.
akafaultline
Joined Nov 27, 2007
115 points
Mar 29, 2016
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Headed out to Point of the Mountain in a couple days to learn with Superfly! I'll update this when I'm back in case any one else is in the same boat.

Thanks for the help guys!
Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 10, 2012
2,058 points


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