Parapenting over Samoëns with Airone
Buying a present for fathers is always a struggle but this year I decided to treat him to a tandem parapente flight whilst the family were staying with us in Samoëns for the week. I booked up with Michel and Erwan at Airone and ended up booking myself and my brother in for an introductory flight as well!
We had excellent conditions for our first flight with clear visibility. We encouraged Dad to watch some parapenters land in advance of his flight to settle his nerves. He needn’t have worried as the take-off and landing were a breeze! Erwan and Michel making it seem like a walk in the park!
We were driven up to Samoëns 1600 where we took off from just behind the Saix bubble. The views as we circled over the Grand Massif and Samoëns were breath-taking, the ski runs of Samoens and Morillion clearly visible amongst the trees below. It gives you a whole different perspective of the valley, with panoramic views across to Flaine, over to the Col de Joux Plane and even of our own chalet!
The landing was very gentle as we walked to a stop and the canopy fell beside us. I turned to Dad and could see from the size of the grin on his face that he’d loved his introduction to parapenting as much as me!
Michel and Erwan took photos and video footage of us during the flight and they also have a photographer on the ground who takes photos as you land. These are available to purchase after your flight if you wish to retain some mementos of your experience.
I would highly recommend both the tandem flight and Michel and Erwan as your instructors!