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PARAGLIDING


The Chamonix valley must be one of the best paragliding sites in the world, and it was for this reason that Rob and Suzanne (the owners of the Alpine Retreat) originally moved to the French Alps and to Les Houches. For novices, there are several paraglider schools to choose from which offer tandem experience flights as well as introductory courses and more advanced thermalling packages. For those who are already competent, come and enjoy some truly excellent flying.

Rob and Suzanne have been paragliding for over 20 years and they have lived in the valley for the past 17 years. Although they do not offer a formal guiding service, they would be happy to share their experience with visiting pilots together with providing up to date weather forecasts and information about local take-off and flying sites. They must stress however that any information provided in no way absolves visiting pilots from making their own decisions and taking sole responsibility for their flying.

See below for a taste of the incredible flying to be sampled in the local valley:

A grassy take-off site above Chamonix Flying at 10000 feet. The South facing mountainside ensures steady and predictable thermals Taking off from the top of the cable car above Chamonix
Another grassy take-off site above Chamonix Numerous cable cars in the valley make it easy to ensure some excellent flights Gentle grassy slopes make for excellent take-off sites
Taking off from 12000 feet at the top of the Aiguille cable car - then enjoy a 30 minute float over the largest glacier in France. Views of the Bossons glacier - an easy glide from the top of the cable car above Chamonix Alpine flying can be as gentle or challenging as you choose