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imageGreg Kelley
Advanced Tandem Instructor
(970) 376-0495

imageKris Husted
Advanced Tandem Instructor
(970) 376-0684

imageDavid Champaign
Advanced Tandem Instructor
(970) 845-7321

imageThomas Keough
Advanced Tandem Instructor
(970) 390-8467

imageBobby Blount
Basic Tandem Instructor
(970) 390-8130

imageGarrett Gardner
Basic Tandem Instructor
(714) 247-9351

imageBob Strong
Basic Tandem Instructor
(970) 376-3363

imageDarren Jack
Basic Tandem Instructor
(970) 471-6586

imageMatt Bickley
Basic Tandem Instructor
(970) 393-2008

The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association is the self governing body who administers our rating, rankings and designations.  It is also the body who sets the standards, requirements and guidelines of our instruction.  As members solo pilots, instructors and tandem passengers alike are covered by a group liability insurance policy to protect third parties from damage while we recreate. Our goal is to be advocates and mouth pieces for the our sport and to perpetuate a safe and enjoyable recreation environment.

Vail Valley Paragliding specializes in instructional tandem flights, beginner through advanced paragliding courses, and thermal and cross-country clinics.

We offer a small student-teacher ratio for personal attention and maximum transfer of information. Our staff is certified through the United States Hang Gliding Association (USHPA), which governs all foot launched non-powered aviation in the United States.

Our instructors combine over 30 years experience in the art of paragliding. We strive to exceed the student's expectations with personalized attention, safety, comprehensive curriculum, empathy and fun.  All the ingredients for an experience you will not forget.

Our training curriculum starts from the ground up, literally. We start our courses with ground school, which teaches you the nuances of paragliding flight. As your skills develop, next is guidance through a series of low-level flights, which emphasize the launch and landing. This could happen on your first day. By the third day you can be flying off one of our significant mountain sites where the birds soar, and pilots have had significant cross-country flights.

All of our training flights are radio controlled. You will be in contact with the instructor who is on the ground guiding you from launch to landing. You will also experience, in soaring conditions, a tandem flight with an instructor. This allows you and the instructor hands-on guidance, with you taking the controls if conditions permit.  The joy of flight cannot be missed. We can take you there.

All of our sites are within a 20-mile drive of Vail, Colorado. The Vail Valley is home to many athletic opportunities. When it's not flyable, there are many other activities to participate in including: hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, kayaking, river rafting, ATV'ing or mountain biking.

From 1,300 vertical feet, to 3,200 vertical feet, most of our sites have road access. If you prefer to hike there are numerous options to satisfy your needs. We can guide you to any of these flying sites depending on experience.

We can tend to any of your paragliding needs. Call us for the time of your life!!!


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