Soaring the French Alps
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This is something I've read about in the magazines and seen on videos.
And finally, here I am.
Just walking out to launch, above the sprawling Swiss countryside,
was incredible. The Sound of Music should have been playing. And I had
my paraglider with me.
Most PG trips I've done are rustic affairs to say the least. They've
always been a blast and will probably comprise most of my future ones
but not this time. We've arrived at what amounts to as a PG
all-inclusive resort where up to 14 paraglider pilots gather and immerse
themselves in flight during daylight and then rehash the experiences in
luxurious fashion afterwards. We're staying in a villa that provides
views of the countryside below and mountain above. It's a remarkable
place on its own right that would be worth a visit just for the sake of
The hosts are high-time paraglider instructors who have been
absolutely fantastic. I'm amazed at their pleasant enthusiasm given how
they do this every day, probably 6 days a week sometimes. Incredible
hospitality is delivered with quality and sincerity. I'm impressed. For
anyone wanting to experience the Swiss Alps soaring, this is a
high-class way to do it. Comfy, too. They cater to raw beginners and
advanced pilots alike.
The flying has been spectacular albeit excessively cloudy. Even so we
got three flights in yesterday and ended the first two voluntarily. One
was at the recommendation of locals who didn't like the developing
clouds. OK, I'm good with that.
There are humorous little side story's that I don't have time to
include here since breakfast beckons followed by the day's flying. Then
we may head out for dryer weather to the south.