Paragliding Sites

Astoria Hot Springs

South site far from town and not flown too often.

How to get there:
South on Hwy. 89 just across from Snake River Sporting Club,
Conditions for flying:
South

 

Beaver Mountain

Beaver Mountain rises to almost 10,000 ft. This is a hike up site for Paragliders and Hangliders. It is one of the best bench-up sites in the area. If the wind is strong from the west the 600′ hike puts you in position to bench up over 3000′ to the top of Beaver Mountain.This is rugged terrain and not a good place to get blown back; nothing but road less wilderness and deep ravines behind the mountain.

Sunset views from beaver have been featured in Paragliding magazine.

How to get there:
Drive south of town 12 miles to Hoback Junction. Turn to the East and drive until you reach the moose sculpture on the right side of the road. Follow this road back to a Forest Service parking lot.
Conditions for flying:
West winds with NW being better than SW. If the winds switch while you are high you can sometimes run across the highway to Creampuff Peak.

 

Crawford Mountain

Coming soon

How to get there: Conditions for flying:

 

Curtis Canyon

 One of the best views for ridge soaring in the Country; Curtis Canyon faces the full Teton Range and if the wind is right is soarable until the sun sets behind them.

How to get there:
Drive through the Elk Refuge and turn up towards Curtis Canyon. After 4 switch backs you will see an obvious turn out (just before a campground) which is on top of a bald knoll facing the Tetons.Launch here or hike up to the S for 5 minutes for the high launch.
Conditions for flying:
West to WNW winds are best. 12 – 18 mph

 

East Grosse Ventre Butte

Situated above town and across from Snow King, this is another site that allows for soaring from varied wind directions.

How to get there:
Coming Soon.
Conditions for flying:
SW for a concave bowl with good lift usually located on the nw side of the bowl, or S for a broad face with consistent lift and a nice lip to surf.

 

Grand Targhee Resort

Chair access and some of the best views of the Tetons, from the west, make this an excellent area to experience thermals with an expert tandem pilot.Conditions can get very strong during the day and the site is technical for landing.

How to get there:
Follow the signs to Grand Targhee Resort and seek out assistance from local pilots; this is a serious site.
Conditions for flying:
West Winds

 

Haystack Butte

Coming Soon

 

How to get there:
Coming Soon
Conditions for flying:
Coming Soon

 

Heise Hot Springs

Coming soon

How to get there: Conditions for flying:

 

High School Butte

This is the best beginner hill in the area and a must fly for pilot training. A pleasant hike up leaves many options for launching and landings are in big fields easily visible below.If the wind is strong this is a soarable hill. Sometimes mid-day has seen experienced pilots take High School Butte to Cloudbase and beyond.

How to get there:
Coming Soon
Conditions for flying:
South to West winds. No wind to 18 mph.

 

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

This is THE site for tandem flights and mountain flying in Jackson Hole. Access is easy via the JH Mountain Resort Arial Tram elevating tandem passengers to 10,320′, over 4000′ feet of vertical in only 10 minutes. Then launch with your tandem pilot for a beautiful ride over Jackson Hole.

This is also a good site for mid-day XC pilots to circumnavigate the Grand Teton, flying to cloud base and back again.

The top of JHMR is another difficult Jackson lee side thermal site that requires knowledge of convergent thermal conditions and mountain flying. There is often a fine line between going up and getting rotored from wind over the back.

Look at our Clinic pages for opportunities to learn more about mountain thermals and big air flying!

How to get there:
Follow the signs to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Conditions for flying:
This is a lee side thermal paragliding site.Because of that we need SE – SSW winds, no wind, or very light West. If there is a strong west wind (over the back) there will be no flying. If it is light enough the thermals out front will allow for launching.

 

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Tower 3

If you are one of the lucky few you will be able to tandem off of Tower 3 when no one else in the area is flying. That is because JH Mountain Resort likes us so much they will stop the Arial Tram before it reaches the top of the mountain and let us off when the top is unflyable. This is a unique opportunity on days when the wind is too strong out of the West.

How to get there:
Follow the signs to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and then take the Arial Tram to Tower 3.
Conditions for flying:
Lee side thermal site.

 

Jose’s Ridge (AKA Scotty’s Ridge)

This ridge faces due west and is a good alternative if the wind is too west once you get up to the top of Snow King. It is also a fun hike from the valley if you like such things.

How to get there: Walk down from the Snow King Summit Chairlift.

 

Conditions for flying:
Moderate west winds to stay aloft. No winders can just make it to the Rodeo Grounds for landing.

 

Mount Glory

Glory towers just above Teton Pass, on the north side, and is a good launch site. A 1600′ takes you to the summit where winds can be ENE to WSW to launch. This is a good alternative to the Wilson Faces if you want the hike or the wind is over the Back

How to get there: Conditions for flying:
SE

 

Nelson’s Butte

Located just south of the Rafter ‘J’ subdivision, this sites faces the Snake River range and produce consistent Glass-off conditions through out the summer

How to get there:
Drive south of town. Park at LVPL.
Conditions for flying:
Southwest winds

 

Palisades

Palisades is the place to tow!

From the safety of a boat tow we can get students and acrobatic fliers high enough to learn with the comfort of altitude.Additionally, Palisades tows can lead to cross country flights along the mountain ranges of Wyoming.

See our Clinics page for information about opportunities to advance your flying skills.

How to get there:
Coming soon.
Conditions for flying:
Boat Tow many wind directions possible.

 

Phillips Ridge

 Phillips Ridge is one of the best lee-side thermal sites in the Valley.

How to get there: Drive halfway up Teton Pass and take a right at Phillips Ridge Trail head, Conditions for flying:
South winds or light WSW that lead to convergence over the ridge.

 

Snow King Resort

Snow King Resort is located within blocks of Town Square. Chair lifts provide access,  P4 pilots only! Landing zones are regulated based on time of day, day or week, or special use. Please check with the local club for details about launch and landing procedures.

Snow King Launch

How to get there:
Take the Summit chair lift.
Conditions for flying:
North Winds and down slope valley winds from Yellowstone National Park.