Mount Hope is known for creating strong upward columns of air

  • Apr. 1, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Gliding over downtown Hope.

Imagine an airplane flying for more than seven hours without an engine and in the power of the wind alone.

That’s the thrill behind glider flying for more than 40 pilots who make Hope Regional Airpark their home base.

Hope is an ideal location for glider flying because westerly winds blow from the Fraser Valley and rise when they reach the mountains. Mount Hope is known for creating strong upward columns of air which can keep a glider airborne for as long as six or seven hours.

From April to October, visitors can catch a glimpse of the gliders soaring by the mountains over town. Vancouver Soaring Association (VSA) makes its home at the Hope Airpark. VSA owns two tow planes and six gliders, and offers week and weekend training programs.

Fly Gravity Sports now provides tandem hang gliding in Hope. The experience begins with a winch-tow into the sky using the 1,219 metre runway at Hope Regional Airpark. Hang gliders will climb to altitudes above 610 metres within two minutes and soar on the scenic mountain ridges that surround Mount Hope.

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