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FAQ

Here is a list of frequently asked questions, if you can't find the answer you are looking for then send an Email to this address:
adrian@alpineballooning.ch

 

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How do I book online ?
How high do we fly ?
When is the flying season?
How long are the flights ?
What is the temperature during the flight?
What will we see ?
Will I be airsick ?
Heart problem ?
Why are flights sometimes cancelled in seemingly good weather conditions ?
Why is there only one flight per day ?
Where do we take off ?
Can we sit in the basket during the flight ?
How many passengers are there in the basket ?


How do I book online? Choose your ticket- you don't have to decide a date yet. Buy a ticket online, we will confirm immediately by email, & then wait for your ticket to arrive by post or by Email . Once it has arrived you can choose your date online using the "Client Access" on our website, or call us on 00.41.(0) 26.924.3452 to confirm the date and location of your choice and get ready for take off!

How high do we fly ?
The advantage of flying a balloon as opposed to other types of aircraft is simply its diverse ability to literally skim over rivers, brush over the treetops and attain a height of more than 1000 metres whilst providing panoramic landscape views ! Essentially, the flights depend upon the climatic conditions at the given time as well as the disposition of the passengers.
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When is the flying season? The flying season lasts from April - October and December to March for the winter season, as the most favourable weather conditions are during these months.
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How long are the flights ? The balloon flight itself lasts a minimum of an hour and a quarter depending on the region whilst the whole excursion takes about three hours. This includes the preparation and inflation of the balloon in the open air and afterwards, the traditional balloonist landing toast – very important – and the return journey by minibus with the ground crew.
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What is the temperature during the flight ?
Approximately the same as on the ground ! The fact that the balloon flies in the air mass means there is no air current aboard the basket. But don’t forget the heat emanating from the burners….We do recommend that you bring a coat or pullover as we meet very early in the morning and it can be quite chilly! In the winter, it can be very cold on the take off field, so wrap up very warm!
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What will we see ? Literally an amazing birds-eye view of Gstaad and the surrounding Bernese Oberland. And don’t forget that each flight is unique in that a balloon cannot be steered….it is always the wind which decides how the true beauty of nature will be revealed to you.
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Will I be airsick ? No, because there is no physical link between the balloon and the ground (like a ladder or a bridge) there is no feeling of dizziness or vertigo. During the flight the basket remains stable and there is a feeling of incredible ease whilst taking-off.
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Heart problem ?
If you have a cardiac problem and you’re planning to fly in the mountains, it is better to ask your doctor about the maximum altitude you should go.
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Why are flights sometimes cancelled in seemingly good weather conditions? This is due to the strength of the wind – which isn’t at the same strength on the ground as higher up. Our pilots have to take into consideration the conditions at altitude especially for mountain flights.
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Why is there only one flight per day?
Balloons go with the wind, the pilot can only control the altitude of the balloon by heating the inside of the envelope with the burners. Stability in the air is necessary aswell as a slight wind and a mild temperature. The only way to get all these conditions is to take off just after sunrise. Happily dawn is one of the most beautiful moments of the day !
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Where do we take off ? The pilot chooses the take off point according to the direction of the wind e.g. to avoid flying over forests and to ensure the flights is as interesting as possible.) As a general rule the take off site isn’t normally more than half an hour away from the meeting point
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Can we sit in the basket during the flight?
No, all passengers should stand for the duration of the flight and have bent knees for the landing.

How many passengers are there in the basket?
In Gstaad we have baskets for 4 and 8 passengers.


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