Aspen – Site Guide

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Aspen is a popular destination for hang gliding and paragliding enthusiasts, offering stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and the town below. There are several launch sites in the area, depending on the wind direction and skill level of the pilots. Some of the most common launch sites are:

There are other launch sites in the area, such as Buttermilk Mountain, Highlands Bowl, and Red Mountain, but they are less frequently used and require special permission from landowners or authorities2.

Flying Conditions and Restrictions

Aspen is a high-altitude site with strong and variable winds, so it is not recommended for beginners or low-airtime pilots. The flying conditions depend on the season, the weather, and the launch site, but generally, the best time to fly is in the morning or evening, when the thermals are less turbulent and the valley breeze is more consistent. The midday conditions can be challenging and dangerous, especially in summer, when thunderstorms and gust fronts are common1.

Some of the restrictions for flying in Aspen are:

More Information

If you are interested in flying in Aspen, you can find more information from the following sources:

  • Aspen Paragliding Inc: This is a company that offers tandem paragliding flights and lessons in Aspen and Snowmass. They have experienced and certified instructors who can take you on a scenic and thrilling adventure in the sky. You can contact them at (970) 925-6975 or visit their website here.
  • Parapente Aspen: This is a club for paragliding pilots who fly in Aspen and the surrounding areas. They have a website with information about the launch sites, flight rules, weather, events, and membership. You can visit their website here .
Just some nice mellow flying above Ajax.

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