Scenic Glider Ride

Boulder, CO

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Let your cares melt away as you experience a Scenic Glider Ride, the purest form of flying in a motorless sailplane!
  • Serving over 1,000 delighted passengers yearly for over 10 years with a perfect safety record
  • Fly in FAA certified gliders with FAA certified pilots with thousands of hours of flight time
  • Stunning views of the Flatirons, Continental Divide, and the University of Colorado
  • Embrace the serenity of flight without a motor!

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Let your cares melt away as you experience a Scenic Glider Ride, the purest form of flying in a motorless sailplane!
  • Serving over 1,000 delighted passengers yearly for over 10 years with a perfect safety record
  • Fly in FAA certified gliders with FAA certified pilots with thousands of hours of flight time
  • Stunning views of the Flatirons, Continental Divide, and the University of Colorado
  • Embrace the serenity of flight without a motor!
Location
Boulder, CO
Availability:

Year-Round: Wednesday through Sunday

*Pending weather and pilot availability

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.

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    Colorado is famous in soaring circles for its fabulous lift, clear air and scenery.

    After climbing high above the Front Range, your high performance sailplane will glide freely and silently while you enjoy spectacular views of the Continental Divide, Flatirons and the University of Colorado.

    You will sit in the front seat of a two-place glider, with your pilot seated behind you. The clear Plexiglass canopy allows for an unobstructed view of the fabulous mountain and college town scenery surrounding you.

    All rides are given in high performance sailplanes, which are as large as airplanes and not to be confused with small, lightweight hang gliders. Each glider is certified by the FAA to the same high standards as engine-driven aircraft. All pilots are FAA certificated commercial pilots and deliver over 1,000 flights each year.

    10-15 Minute City Ride: A 2,000-foot tow above the City of Boulder puts you in a perfect position to enjoy views of downtown and the University of Colorado with the Rocky Mountains in the background.

    20-25 Minute Mountain Ride: One of the most popular flights begins with a tow to 3,500 feet above Boulder's mile-high elevation. You'll be towed west from the airport towards the foothills, near the Flatirons or Left Hand Canyon. After soaring briefly along the ridges, you'll silently glide all the way back across town and campus.

    30-40 Minute Mile High Ride: You'll tow to 5,280 feet above airport elevation, deep into the mountains West of Boulder, with a great view of the 14,000-foot snow-capped peaks of the Continental Divide. After soaring free near Gross Reservoir or Nugget Ridge, you may wish to have your pilot burn up extra altitude flying roller-coaster maneuvers, or let you handle the controls for a portion of the flight.

    50-60 Minute Extended Mile High Ride: You'll tow to 5,280 feet above airport elevation, deep into the mountains West of Boulder, with a great view of the 14,000-foot snow-capped peaks of the Continental Divide. After soaring free near Gross Reservoir or Nugget Ridge, you'll continue west towards Gold Hill. You may wish to have your pilot burn up extra altitude flying roller-coaster maneuvers, or let you handle the controls for a portion of the flight.

    NOTE: Flight descriptions are illustrative of possible itineraries, but are always subject to weather and flying conditions.

    Essential Information
    • Combined weight of passengers must not exceed 300 pounds and passengers must fit into a seat equivalent in size to 1.5 car seats
    • If you are concerned about space please call Cloud 9 Living (866) 525-6839 or choose the Ride for 1 option
    • Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign a release of liability waiver
    • Participants under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in the glider
    Duration
    15-60 minutes of flight time depending on the option selected
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    1 or 2 seat rides available, the combined weight limit cannot exceed 300 pounds
    Spectators
    Friends and family are welcome to watch the glider take-off and land.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. The temperature in the sailplane is about the same as it is on the ground.
    Booking Information
    For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.
    Cancellation Policy
    Once you have received a booking confirmation, rescheduling is allowed up to 5 days prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 5 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
    Is it safe?
    All of the pilots are FAA Certified Commercial Pilots and have thousands of hours of flight time. All rides are given in high performance sailplanes, which are as large as airplanes and not to be confused with small, lightweight hang gliders.
    What if it is cancelled due to bad weather?
    If the pilot cancels your flight due to inclement weather conditions, you will reschedule directly with the experience provider.
    Are there any physical restrictions?

    The combined weight of the passengers may not exceed 300 pounds and passengers must fit into a seat equivalent in size to 1.5 car seats.

    Are there any age restrictions?
    Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign a release of liability waiver. Participants under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult in the glider.
    This experience has a customer rating of 5
    based on 39 reviews.
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    Awesome!
    Very Fun!
    Great Flight, Pilot was awesome
    The pilot, Tom, flew myself and my grandson over Boulder for 25 minutes. I wish we would have gone for a longer ride. BTW, the clock starts as soon as you leave the ground, not when the rope is cut loose from the tow plane.Tom
    Absolutely thrilling!
    It was amazing the Pilots were very knowledgeable and great look forward to doing it again next time I visit Colorado
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Kellie thanks for the awesome review, I'm glad you had such an amazing time, and we hope we do see you back again! Best, Kelsey
    The instructor was brilliant, the glider was old, but it was a good experience :)
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Claire, thanks for the great review and yes the gliders are very vintage and cool looking aren't they?!? I'm glad you had an awesome experience and enjoyed your instructor. Happy New Year to you!
    Very nice flight over Boulder Canyon and surroundings! My pilot, Dan, was a great pilot and gave me a good verbal tour of what we were seeing as we flew around. Will do another one in the future!
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hey there, Rodney, thanks so much for taking the time to write in about your experience! We're so glad you had a nice flight and I will make sure to let Dan know that you guys had such an amazing experience. We definitely hope to see you back for another flight in the future or any of our other memorable experiences! Happy Holidays to you! :)
    The experience was good, however due to weather conditions the ride was cut short
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Steve, I apologize it took me so long to get back to you I wanted to reach out to our flight school and speak with them about your flight. I'm not sure if you're local or not but if you are our flight school said you can come back in for another flight or if you are not local we can offer half the value of your experience back as Cloud 9 Living credit to apply towards another experience of your choice! I do apologize for the inconvenience as mother nature can, unfortunately, be very unpredictable but we definitely want to make it up to you so let us know if you'd like the CLoud 9 Living credit and if you would like to take advantage of the second flight feel free to give our flight school a call when you're next available. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and we hope to hear from you soon! Best, Kelsey
    Started right on time. Pilot was excellent. Views were wonderful. Very smooth ride. A little cramped for two people 5'10" and 5'11". Definitely planning on doing it again.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Stanley! We are so glad that you had a smooth ride with wonderful views and an excellent pilot to tie it all together. I do apologize you were a little cramped, it is a bummer that the glider has such a small seat but it is definitely worth it. Thanks for taking the time to offer your feedback and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Kelsey
    It was great. Very knowledgeable pilot and a lot of fun. I'd flown in a glider once before a long time ago, and this was everything I expected and hoped for. I strongly recommend this to anyone interested in flight.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Peter! Thank you so much for taking the time to write in about your amazing experience. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed this glider ride just as much as the last one and hope we will be seeing you back again soon! Best, Kelsey
    It was an excellent experience. The glider pilot was extremely friendly! Highly recommend it.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hello Sarah! Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate your feedback and are glad you had a stellar experience. We hope to see you back again for more adventures! Best, Kelsey
    It was awesome. Doug, the pilot, was great. Anyone that even might want to fly should take a trip with this group. They were, again, AWESOME!
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Donald! We love Doug too he is pretty spectacular! We are so glad that you had an AWESOME experience and appreciate you taking the time to offer your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Regards, Kelsey
    Very well organized and fun. The pilot Doug was very friendly, polite, experienced and knowledgeable about the area. He clearly explained all aspects of the flight and made the very best of the gliding conditions of the day.
    Mile High Gliding was an amazing experience. I opted for the mountain ride so that I could get a view of my house west of Boulder. The pilot was very friendly and jovial. Anyone who is thinking about trying out sailplaning should absolutely take the plunge. But be careful you might just discover your next, rather expensive, hobby ;)
    It was a blast. Doug the pilot was a great tour guide who explained the towing, gliding details and also the views as we circled around the foothills near Boulder.
    From the time I walked into Mile High Gliding's office, I felt welcomed and attended to. My pilot, Ty, was charming and funny, and was sensitive to letting me guide my own experience as I was ready. From take-off to landing, the sensations were extraordinary.I did some roller coastering, felt Gs and weightlessness, and, of course, saw the beautiful sites above, around and below. We live in a glorious state and gliding is a marvelous way to see it.
    This was a lifetime experience that was exhilarating! Fantastic time. The instructor even took me up personally, as he had time availability.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Good Afternoon Larry!  We are so happy to have been apart of such an amazing experience! I recently did this with my mother and we cannot agree more that it is such an exhilarating and beautiful experience! This is at the top of my recommendations for things to do in Denver. I will be sure to let our instructors know how fun they made it, and we hope to see you again for another ride! All the best,  Chelsea
    Amazing experience! The pilot was super professional, yet fun. Had amazing views of the Flat Irons and the foothills around Boulder. Definitely coming back for more flights.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Good Afternoon Trent!  I could not agree more with your review! I did this flight with my mom and we could not get over how cool the flatirons were from the air and to see all of the front range! I hope we see you again soon for another great flight taking in the beautiful views that Boulder has to offer.  Thanks for letting us be apart of the memory,  Chelsea
    It was awesome!!
    It was awesome! Everyone was very friendly. The flight was great.
    It was a great flight and exceeded all my expectations.
    It was soooo fantastic!! I couldn't stop laughing and it was a wonderful memory we created! Thank you so much! Love, love, love it! I'm telling all my friends about it!
    It was a terrific experience. The staff was friendly and the pilot was great. The flight lasted longer than anticipated, and the pilot made sure it was a memorable experience. I got to see everything I wanted.
    This glider ride is very trilling and fun. The people handled the ride were very friendly and informed. I recommend it 1000%!
    The gliding was brilliant. Eliot was a great pilot and very good once in the air. He could perhaps be a little friendlier and attentive when you first check in. The experience was marred very slightly by the fact I was supposed to do it on a Saturday at 9am. I was told to call at 8am to check it was going ahead. I did this and nobody answered so I left a message but nobody called me back. I called later that morning to reschedule for Sunday.
    It was extremely windy that morning, but the people were excellent.
    Beautiful day, wonderful flight, great pilot. Couldn't have been better.
    our pilot Dave was fantastic
    Beautiful day, beautiful scenery, informative, close up views of the Flatiorns, over all a great experience! The only slight negative was that there wasn't much thermal activity. Thank you, Cloud 9!
    Awesome! The pilot was very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. Having flown in single engine planes before, riding in a glider was very fun, no engine noise, very easy to talk to the pilot.
    Elliot, the pilot, provided a wonderful experience. He was friendly and informative. I couldn't be happier.
    Excellent aviation experience! I'll return with friends to ride the updrafts again. -Arnold
    This was an 80th birthday present to my father, who has been a retired airline pilot for 20 years. The young man who took him on the glider ride wasn't even born when my dad retired, but demonstrated such courtesy and professionalism. Dad is still smiling from the ride, and is considering getting his sailplane rating as a result of the outstanding experience he had for his birthday. Thank you for making it special.
    Elliot was a great pilot. Gave me ample heads up regarding bumps etc. Was knowledgeable about the area and pointed out many sites I recognized (but look so different from the air) and many I didn't. 40 Minute ride was perfect. Thank you!
    My whole experience with Cloud 9 and the Scenic Gliding Ride was awesome. The booking was super easy, all the administration the day of the flight was taken care of, and best of all my flight around Boulder, Colorado was INCREDIBLE!!!! You forget how much space there is above our heads :-) I would not have done this experience had my Mom not given me the Cloud 9 Living gift certificate. And that is what a gift should be, something unusual and unique that you wouldn't buy for yourself!!
    Laura was extremely helpful and quick to respond to my reservation request. I sent my online reservation request on a Wednesday night and she had our glider reservations booked by 9:30am the following morning. We truly enjoyed our glider trip and our experience with Cloud 9 Living.
    The pilot, Chris, was friendly enough, once I started asing questions. There were several people in the office when we arrived; no one greeted us, walked through what to expect... customer service was unimpressive, non-existent. The flight itself was great!
    Fantastic experience! This was the first time I've flown in a glider. Elliot the pilot was knowledge and friendly. Enjoyed the ride and hope to do it again over the mountains. Tim Mugglestone

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