Looking for a unique activity to add to your winter vacation in Vail, Colorado? Consider a Mountain Flying Adventure. We have three aircraft to choose from, and a variety of different adventures suited to both pilots and non-pilots.
Full Moon Night over the Rockies
Flying under a full moon through the Rockies can be a surreal experience. We’ll teach you some strategies that will keep you safe when flying through mountains at night. In this session we’ll generally take 2-3 hours and will visit 1-2 other airports depending upon time of year and conditions. This flight is especially fun in the winter when snow cover allows for extremely well lighted terrain at night.
Vail Valley Alpenglow
One of the most amazing experiences is to watch the sunset in the rockies at 10,000 feet. Board our aircraft and relax as we fly through the Vail Valley at sunset. Alpenglow tours depart 30 minutes prior to sunset each day, weather permitting.
Passes, Passes and more Passes
This 3/4 day adventure focuses on terrain flying and pass crossing. From Eagle, we depart southwest over Cottonwood Pass, cross McClure Pass, Kebler Pass, Monarch Pass or Marshall Pass and then return through either Hagerman Pass or Tennessee Pass. If you’re looking for something even longer with some radical terrain we can omit Tennessee Pass and instead fly Freemont Pass to Vail Pass before returning from the east. Along the route there are also numerous opportunities for landings at challenging airports.
If you don’t have much time and you’re looking for a quick and fun mountain flying experience try this route out. We depart Eagle to the east, and fly Tennessee Pass to Leadville, where we’ll land at North America’s highest airfield. After Leadville we cross Hagerman pass (weather permitting) and head for Glenwood Springs, known as North America’s most challenging airport before returning to Eagle. In one flight you’ve flown to the highest and then the most challenging airports in North America!
North Loop Intro to Mountain Flying
If you’re just getting your feet wet with mountain flying, our North route will give you a great opportunity to learn the basics as you circumnavigate the epic Flattop Wilderness. This route takes you North through mountain valleys to Steamboat Springs, then west along the northern edge of the Flattops to Craig. After Craig you head south towards Meeker where you can apply some new decision making skills and mountain flying considerations. After Meeker you’ll get some scenario challenges as you approach Rifle and on into Glenwood Springs before returning to Eagle. This route features terrain flying, route selection, valley flying, maneuvering in canyons, landings at several mountain airports.