Mile High Gliding

Sailplane touring rides, rentals, and flight instruction.
5534 Independence Rd, Boulder, COOpening at 9:00 AM on WednesdayOpening at 9:00 AM tomorrowOpening at 9:00 AMOpen today until 2:00 PMOpen today until 5:00 PMSorry, we're closed
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Updates

Posted on Jan 24, 2019

Cold days are incredible days to fly. Don't let winter scare you off. If it's not snowing or blowing, you should be in a glider over beautiful downtown Boulder.

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Posted on Jan 17, 2019

You can now book your scenic flight with Facebook!

If you don't have a Facebook account, just give us a call at (303)-466-8566 and we will get your flight scheduled.

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Services

Sailplane Touring Rides

  • Book with Square Appointments

    See all available ride packages on Square Appointments (View Menu at the top of the page).

Aerotow

  • Soaring Society of Boulder Tows

    SSB members enjoy matched club tow rates: $9 hookup, $11 per thousand for the first two thousand feet, $13 per thousand above two thousand feet elevation gain. If you are already on the field, stop on by the glider shack or ask for a tow on CTAF, and stop back when you are done to pay for your tows.
  • Private Tows

    $15 hookup fee and $16 per additional 1,000 feet. Minimum 1,200 feet tow (safety first!). Call us on CTAF and we will send a tow pilot your way. Schedule a tow through Square Appointments (View Menu at the top of the page) to ensure we have enough tow planes for a busy day when everyone wants to launch all at once!

Glider instruction with a certified flight instructor

  • Instruction (hourly)

    $65.00
    Certified flight instructor for gliders (CFI-G). All instruction is scheduled with your instructor. Come out and meet us in person to discuss your plans or look through our list of instructor contacts in order to become introduced to one of our flight instructors. Once an instructor has agreed to meet you for a lesson, you can book your plane online with Square Appointments (View Menu at the top of the page).
  • Schweizer 2-33 rental (hourly)

    $55.00
    Book with Square Appointments (View Menu at the top of the page).

Instructor Contacts (for coordinating student instruction)

  • Ferdinand Stupka (720) 252-3286

    friedrich9165@gmail.com
  • Dick Bevington (303) 895-0768


Testimonials

2 months ago
We had such an amazing experience on the glider ride with Doug! He was very knowledgeable about the area and took the time to recommend places nearby to check out for us travelers! He was sure we were comfortable the whole ride and explained every things very well as they happened. We were able to experience g forces and play around in the glider before landing. What an adrenaline rush! Highly recommend!
- Mandy O
a month ago
Boulder is a really beautiful place to fly over and experience from the air. The aerobatic flight adds to that with an experience unlike anything I'd ever had on commercial flights (or even small planes like Cessnas). The experience is amazing and the new management seems to really care about the customer. Highly recommend.
- Bill F
7 months ago
Fabulous experience. Incredible views and very friendly people. I highly recommend taking the Mile High flight. Amazing!
- Laura P

About us

Open 9-5, Wednesday through Sunday, all year.

It's scenic!

For all rides except our Double Flights, you will sit in the front seat of a two-place glider, with your pilot seated behind you. The clear Plexiglass canopy allows an unobstructed view of the fabulous mountain and college town scenery surrounding you.

It's silent!

After an aerotow to a suitable altitude, your pilot will release the line from the towplane. You will soar effortlessly, free from engine noise. The enclosed cockpit seals out wind blast to allow easy conversation. With recreation the goal, the pilot is free of most radio, navigation, and air traffic control duties.

It's safe!

All rides are given in high performance sailplanes, which are as large as airplanes and not to be confused with small, lightweight hang gliders. Our gliders are certified by the FAA to the same high standards as engine-driven aircraft. Our ride pilots are FAA-certificated commercial pilots. Passengers may be of nearly all shapes, sizes, and ages, and require no training, actions, or physical prowess. We deliver over 1,000 fun outdoor experiences a year.

It's soaring!

The glider's wings seem to sprout from your shoulders, and you feel yourself flying like a bird. You may even be lucky enough to find yourself exploring the air currents with a red-tail hawk or a bald eagle! On many days, nature provides the atmospheric engine for longer, higher, further adventure.

On our longer flights, your pilot can demonstrate gentle aerobatic maneuvers if you wish, or let you take the controls for a portion of the flight. You can also just relax and let your pilot take you on a scenic area tour. See the University of Colorado, the Boulder Flatirons, the Arapahoe Peaks, Long's Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver... mountain lakes, old mining towns, ski resorts, nature preserves and trails, national research laboratories...

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  • (303) 527-1122

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5534 Independence Rd
Boulder, CO 80301
United States

Business Hours

Mon:Closed
Tue:Closed
Wed:9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sat:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM