Paragliding

Paragliding is the perfect activity to get a birds eye view of the fantastic scenery Les Gets and Morzine have to offer. A paraglider is a lightweight, free-styling, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in the harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines. A paraglider works with the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.

Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometres, though flights of 1–2 hours and covering some tens of kilometres are more the norm. Pilots can gain significant altitudes of thousands of metres by seeking out key areas to start from using the network of gondolas and chairlifts. This is helped by the fact that paragliders are unique among aircraft in being easily portable. The complete equipment packs into a rucksack and can be carried easily on the pilot’s back, in a car, on public transport or chairlift and gondola. In comparison with other air sports this substantially simplifies travel to a suitable takeoff spots, the selection of a landing place and return travel.

There are a number of paragliding schools which offer various activities suitable for beginners to intermediate or advanced paragliders. You can take tandem rides, refresher courses and advanced courses to become qualified as a solo paraglider.

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