We fly in Gardnerville NV (pop. 5,656) which is:
We accommodate no more than 3 passengers, but it's usually just two. That's it. And if you book a flight for two, that flight is yours and we will NOT sell that third place. You'll get our undivided attention, unobstructed views, elbow room and privacy. Oh, and you can sit down if you want.
You will enjoy at least one hour in the air with a pilot that has thousands of hours of accident free experience. Please allow three hours of your morning for the entire balloon adventure.
Our private Carson Valley balloon tours are available year round, however, your best chance for good flying weather is May - October. We fly mornings only, soon after sunrise and always weather permitting.
If you need to cancel your reservation, please give us the courtesy of 48 hours notice. If you fail to show up for your scheduled flight, we will charge your card $250.
Our private balloon flights are
Still have questions?
See the FAQ.
We fly morning flights only, and always weather permitting. Meeting time is about one half hour after sunrise:
This leaves you enough of your day to:
All passengers must be at least 48" /122cm tall
The reason for this restriction is that anyone under this height will not be able to see over the side of the basket.
All passengers must be at least 7 years old
Kids younger than 7-8 have a short attention span and can't seem to be "still" for an hour. This may spoil the experience for their accompanying adult(s). The majority of extremely young children may not like the sound or sight of fire the balloon burners make! Save your money and get a baby sitter.
Maximum combined passenger weight is approx. 500lb / 226kg
We don't care how much you weigh, but our balloon sure does. All aircraft - balloons included - have a maximum certified gross lift limiting how much weight the aircraft can safely carry. During the summer when the temperature is high, this gross lift is greatly reduced in ALL aircraft.
Pregnant women MAY NOT FLY
Your doctor may say that it's alright to go ballooning, skydiving, mountain climbing, etc., and he/she may be correct, but when it comes to ballooning, you'll have to do it in your own balloon. We WILL NOT take any chances interfering with anyones pregnancy. Period. First and foremost, it would suck living with ourselves if you or your baby was somehow harmed in the rare (but possible) event of a "rough" landing. Secondly, our A+ rated insurance underwriters forbid it, and we all know what would happen then. Please put yourselves in our shoes and wait until the baby is born before going ballooning.
Anyone having recent surgery, recently broken bones, or recent joint replacement may not fly.
We know some of you are tough and could probably run a marathon two weeks after a knee replacement, but please put yourself in our shoes. If you re-injured yourself during an unlikely (but possible) rough landing, lawyers will be all over it. Please do us all a favor. Clear any issues with your doctor prior to flying.
If you must cancel your reservation, we request the courtesy of at least 48 hours notice. Failure to do so may result in a $250 charge.
No show policy
If we show up on your scheduled date and you don't, our crew still needs to be paid, so a $250 no-show fee will be charged to your credit card to cover those expenses. *Note: we will waive those fees if there is someone else standing around that is willing to pay for your place.
Where do you meet?
We meet at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, Nevada. How to get to Lampe Park
How high do you go?
You'll experience everything from "tree top" level to maybe as high as 5,000', depending on the direction and speed of the wind on the day of the flight. The views are spectacular no matter what the altimeter says. Bring an attitude for altitude.
How long is the flight?
The balloon ride is at least one hour long. Looking at the logbook, 1.25 hours is the average, but there are a couple 2+ hour flights in there too. Please plan on at least three hours for the entire adventure.
What about kids?
The minimum age is 7 years old, and all kids must be at least 48" tall in order to see out of the basket. Kids younger than 7-8 have a short attention span and can't seem to be "still" for an hour. This often ruins the experience for the accompanying adults. Save your money and get a baby sitter.
What to wear?
Ballooning is an outdoor activity. Dress as if you were going for an early morning hike. Sunrise IS the coldest part of the day around here, then it warms up quickly (even in the winter), so dress in layers for the temperature on the ground as you head out the door. It WILL NOT be any colder in the air then it is on the ground, so if you are comfortable (warm) on the ground, you will be fine in the air. Plan on being outdoors for 3 - 4 hours, so wear:
Do you provide brunch, breakfast or snacks?
No. If we served steak and eggs with hash browns and toast after each flight, 90% of our guests would end up being vegetarians. If we served granola bars and yogurt, 90% of our guests would complain that they didn't get steak and eggs. We've learned to stick with what we know, and that our guests - you - would be better off going for a nice private breakfast after the flight (in one of our many local restaurants) than pay a marked up price for a flight that "included" breakfast.
How many people are in the basket?
Our balloon will comfortably accommodate a pilot plus no more than three passengers, providing views and elbow room for everyone. Once we book a flight for two, we consider that flight full.... we won't sell that third place. No other balloonist on the planet will do that.
I want to propose. Do I have to pay extra for a private flight for two?
Nope! Once you book a flight for two, that flight is yours and considered full.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you must cancel your reservation, we request the courtesy of at least 48 hours notice. Cancellations made within 24 hours or failure to show up on your scheduled date will result in a $250 no-show fee charged to your credit card (unless there is someone else standing around that is willing to pay for your place).
Do you fly on Lake Tahoe?
No, but our friends at Lake Tahoe Balloons offer group flights at the lake.
Do you fly in Reno?
No. Contrary to what you'll see online, nobody flies balloons in Reno except during the balloon race.
Can we fly with you in the Reno Balloon race?
No. The Reno balloon event puts what many balloonists consider "excessive sponsor obligations" on the balloonists, so we do not participate.