"Verbier has been listed in the top 25 flying sites in the world."

– Cross Country Magazine

Starting from 990 CHF

THERMAL COURSE

Our paragliding thermal course is designed to help pilots not only improve thermal techniques but also to generally progress in al aspects of their flying as well as  build confidence.

COURSE PRICE: 990CHF
PRICE WITH ACCOMMODATION: 1,590CHF

PRICE

From 990CHF

AVAILABILITY

May - September

DURATION

5 Days

MEETING POINT

Route de Verbier 1

LANGUAGES

English or French

MINIMUM AGE

14 yrs

GIFT VOUCHER

Available from 990CHF

PARAGLIDING THERMAL COURSE

We find that so many pilots struggle to improve once they have qualified and have left their school environment.  Once certified, continuing to paraglide alone can be quite a daunting and stressful prospect which is why this course will help you to build confidence and self-reliance as well as fine tune your flying skills and even more importantly your decision-making ability.

FLY WITH OUR COACHES

During this course, there is always an extremely
talented and qualified guide who actually flies with you. This is not a case of dropping you off on launch with a brief and saying ‘off you go’. Our guides will actually fly with you and reassure and coach you by radio and provide thorough pre and post-flight briefs. The aim of this course is to make you a better and more confident pilot whilst helping you to get the most out of your valuable flying time here in the mountains. 

PILOT RATING

This is also the best course for completing your BHPA Pilot rating tasks. If you are keen to get Pilot rated (IPPI level 4), then let us know before you come out so that we can organise the necessary paperwork.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKILLS & TECHNIQUES

Amongst other skills and techniques you can expect to learn about some of the following aspects of thermal and mountain paragliding:

  • Making good decisions in the mountains. Mountain flying requires a whole new set of skills.
  • Basic turns and combining turns and weight shift. (Sounds obvious but this is actually the fundamental thing that many pilots are doing wrong when trying to thermal).
  • What to look for whilst flying: when to read the sky and when to read the ground.
  • Mapping a thermal.
  • Using a multiple core thermal.
  • What to do at the cloudbase. (We hear so many pilots say:
    I can get to cloudbase but then I don’t know what to do!)
  • How to fly in rough air.
  • Introduction to XC flying.
  • Safety issues with Thermal flying.
  • Descent techniques. (And this doesn’t just mean big-ears! Too many pilots want to learn how to go up before they know how to come down.)
  • Tasks and airtime for BHPA Pilot rating.

OBJECTIVE

  • Learn to thermal, get to cloud base, improve your general flying-skills and gain confidence.
  • For this course we require that all students are at least CP qualified and are capable of taking off and landing unsupervised, (although we will of course always help coach and fine tune landings and take-offs, etc.).

DATES

Every week from the end of May to the end of September. Courses start every Monday, with arrival days every Sunday if you have booked accommodation.

INCLUDED

  • COURSE: 5-day course, 6 nights if you have booked with accommodation.
  • COURSE WITH ACCOMMODATION: 5 days of flying, all guiding and tuition, 6 nights accommodation and all transport by van or cable car.

OPTIONAL

COURSE PRICE: 990CHF or 250CHF per day. 

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ACCOMMODATION

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– Dave H, Tripadvisor

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TANDEM BOOKING OFFICES: Ski Service ski shop,  Les Ruinettes, At the top of the Médran cable car.   ACCOMMODATION ADDRESS FOR COURSES & HOLIDAYS:  La Ruinette, Rue de Verbier, 1, 1934 Le Châble, Switzerland
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Verbier-Summits is certified & approved BHPA school located in Switzerland. Switzerland has the highest standard of teaching regulations in the World regulated by the Federal Civil Aviation Authorities, OFAC. Verbier-Summits is the only BHPA school in the world to also be regulated by OFAC. The Chief Flying Instructor at Verbier-Summits is trained and qualified to teach by:

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