Cross-country Initiation 20 – 40 km.

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You can reach the cloud but then don’t really know where to go?
You get buffeted in the thermal but you don’t know why?
You wonder about the weather but no one can answer your questions?
You get information on the web but find it difficult to use in practice?

This course is for you!

Objectives:
Find independance, transit into another valley and understand choices so you don’t just follow someone.

Theoretical Program:
Every morning, together we look at the general and local weather picture and decipher what this will mean in the sky.
Answering questions about choice of take-off depending on orientation and time of day.
Making the best tactical choices and ensuring safe and relaxed flying.

Practical Program:
Every day we head towards the take-off point chosen during the morning’s weather briefing.
During the first 2 or 3 days we will remain in the Val de Bagnes.
Cross-country flights of 20 to 40km are possible within the valley.
After having understood the local aerology, we shall fly to the neighbouring valleys and put together flights covering two or three valleys.
We will end the day with an evening flight or soaring at Croix de Cœur.Calandrier-MPG-20.021

Course organisation:
Private course:            all season depending on availability (see calendar)
Group course:            see calendar

Group:
Maximum 6 people per group.

Equipment:      
Each participant must provide his own paragliding equipment. Don’t forget good hiking shoes, warm gloves, a helmet and a recently folded parachute.

Price:
Included in the price:
Accomodation at the Hotel La Vallée in the village of Lourtier.
Double-room with bath or shower, WC, TV and breakfast.
Access to the Bio Spa with hammam, sauna, relaxation room and exterior jacuzzi.
1 mountain-guide, paragliding instructor present during the whole stay.
Taxi and telecabins during the activities.

Not included:   Lunch, dinner, drinks.

Private week:
Price per person

1 pers: 4075.-
2 pers: 2230.-La Payanne-Le Mont Brûlé
3 pers: 1760.-
4 pers: 1440.-
5 pers: 1350.-
6 pers: 1190.-

Single room:
200 francs extra per week

Group week:
Price per person

1600.-
(min. 3 people)

Weather
In case of adverse weather conditions, we will try our best to find somewhere to fly.
In case of extreme weather, another activity will be suggested, and everyone is welcome to participate. However, if you do not wish to participate that’s fine as well.
Unfortunately, not participating in an alternative activity does not mean a refund.
If we need to rent equipment for one of the activities (e.g. biking, via ferrata harness, crampons, etc.) this may incur additional cost if it is more than that already included in the price of the course.

Suggested activities:
Alpine trekking
Glacier trekking
Via ferrata
VTT/ biking
Downhill biking
Indoor climbing
Canyoning
Discovering the Valaisan specialities

Required level for participants:
Autonomous pilot, with experience of how to deal with turbulent thermal conditions.
Small cross-country flights of over 20km flown regularly.
Able to take-off facing the wing in winds of 25km/h.
Licensed pilot with a free flying insurance and member of an organisation such as the FSVL (Swiss Free Flying Federation).