Hot Air Ballooning
Frequently Asked Question
WHEN DO YOU FLY?
Our typical flight season is from mid-may through mid-October. Flights depart shortly after sunrise when the earth is still cool and winds are calm.
HOW BIG ARE YOUR HOT AIR BALLOONS?
Balloons vary in size however our largest balloon can carry up to 12 passengers. The envelope is large enough that it could fit approximately 250,000 basket balls inside of it and is nearly 100ft tall!
WHAT IS THE HOT AIR BALLOON MADE OF?
The envelope is typically constructed using fire-treated nylon or dacron that meet specific manufacturer requirements. This material is lightweight but very strong. The baskets are made of rattan, each one individually woven by hand onto a rigid frame.
HOW HIGH CAN WE GO?
Our flights over Lake Tahoe start at an elevation of approximately 6, 220 feet above sea level. We are able to obtain elevations up to 10,000 feet above sea level when conditions permit offering spectacular views of all of the Sierras and on a clear day even the peaks of Yosemite. If you have a fear of heights you need not be concerned. You will not experience any vertigo feelings because you are moving with the wind currents which mean there is no rocking or swaying or feeling of movement.
WHERE DO WE LAND?
Believe it or not, we land back on the Tahoe Flyer! The worlds only USGS Certified Balloon Launch and Recovery Vessel. Our pilot's need only to bring the balloon close to the waters surface where the "Tahoe Flyer" can position itself under the balloon offering a landing surface.
IS HOT AIR BALLOONING SAFE?
Absolutely! Statistically, flight is the safest form of transportation and ballooning is statistically, the safest form of flight. Believe it or not, getting in and out of the basket is the most dangerous part of the whole flight! Lake Tahoe Balloons has skilled and experienced pilots and crew and an impeccable safety records so you are in good hands.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Lake Tahoe tends to be very cool in the early mornings so we suggest you dress in comfortable layered clothing with the expectation that you will be climbing into and out of the basket and standing for a length of time. Comfortable walking shoes and a hat are also recommended and of course don't forget you camera for the breathtaking scenery, your sunglasses to protect against the sun and for those more sun sensitive guests, bring some sunscreen as you are exposed to the elements during the entire flight.
CAN I TAKE MY CHILDREN?
We encourage families to participate in hot air ballooning however, children under the age of 6 are too young to participate and are therefor not permitted aboard the Tahoe Flyer. Please contact one of our sales representatives should you have further questions regarding this matter.
CAN ANYONE FLY?
We ask that pregnant mothers and guests taking medications please consult their physician before flying in a Hot Air Balloon.