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Located at 962 - 51st Street Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, BC, Canada, for all your paragliding needs. We are ideally situated just minutes away from the finest training hill at Diefenbaker Park.

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We are central to paragliding sites in the Vancouver, Chilliwack, Pemberton, Whistler, Bellingham and Seattle area so students enjoy maximum variety and we can work with weather to optimize selection of the best location each day.

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We regularly test fly the latest paragliding gear and select only the very finest for our iParaglide Right Stuff Paragliding Equipment Store. This ensures our paraglider pilots enjoy a state of the art performance and safety advantage to accelerate their learning curve.

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Sunday
Aug122018

Right Site Weather: Aug 12

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0900.

High pressure arrival with transitioning skies with mostly cloudy to rainy conditions, clearing late in the day. 

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable.  Valley wind outflow E to 15 km/hr becoming W inflow to 5 km/hr late in day with sea-breeze arrival. Novice peak lapse rate -2.2C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable becoming N to 17 km/hr.  Valley winds light and variable. Novice peak lapse rate -2.3C/1000ft. 

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Bellingham: -2.0C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain often has a blue hole when metro Vancouver is under cloud.  Blanchard for P2 pilots 0900-1900.  Paragliding prospects 70%. 

2. Paragliding Seattle: -2.3C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Cloudy skies transitioning to sunny mid afternoon. Tiger for P3 intermediate pilots 1200-1500, then watch for possible increasing north wind aloft mid afternoon leading to lee side conditions and shutting things down. Paraglidng prospects 60% early, not recommended late afternoon.

Paragliding is not recommended in Chilliwack today due to 60% POP and low cloud base at 2000ft. Pemberton and Whistler at 40% POP and unlikely to open up until too late in day, paragliding not recommended. Vancouver mountains also in cloud for bulk of the day, paragliding, not recommended. 

Saturday
Aug042018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Aug 04

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0500.

High pressure arrival with clearing skies. 

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable, becoming N to 24 km/hr mid afternoon.  Valley wind light outflow E to 10 km/hr becoming W inflow to 10 km/hr with sea-breeze arrival. Novice peak lapse rate -2.1C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft NNE to 17 km/hr becoming NNW to 13 km/hr mid afternoon. Valley winds ESE to to km/hr becoming light and variable.  Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.4C/1000ft. 

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Pemberton: -2.4C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate.  Winds aloft at 3000ft light and variable early and becoming NW to 24 km/hr make fore easy conditions early and rough conditions mid afternoon. Mt. McKenzie for P2 pilots early 0900-1300 then watch for increasing NW winds aloft making conditions rough P4 advanced to un-flyable conditions for the rest of the day. Paragliding chances 90% early, 50% late. 

2. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.1C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Woodside for P2 pilots 0800-1200 then watch for switch to NW wind aloft and possible rough crosswind P4 conditions.  Bridal should be on today 1100-1400 for P2 pilots and then developing NW wind aloft should yield good soaring prospects for P3 intermediate pilots 1400-2000.  Chances to paraglide 90% early, 80% late. 

3. Paragliding Bellingham: -2.1C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain may be below wind aloft influence, but watch for possible light lee-side conditions.  P3 intermediate pilots 1000-1900.  Paragliding prospects 70%. 

4. Paragliding Vancouver: -2.1C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Grouse for GMFT P4 advanced pilots 1000-1400 then watch for increasing NW wind aloft and psossible rough conditions. 90% paragliding chances early, 60% late.  

5. Paragliding Whistler: -2.9C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate.  Winds aloft at 3000ft light and variable early and becoming NW to 24 km/hr make for easy conditions early and rough conditions mid afternoon. Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 0900-1900. Paragliding chances 90% early, 50% late.

6. Paragliding Seattle: -2.4C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  North wind aloft places Tiger in lee-side today. Paragliding not recommended. 

 

Saturday
Jul282018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Jul 28

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0500. 

High pressure with clear skies with some smoke due to Richmond fire.

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable, becoming W to 13 km/hr mid afternoon.  Valley wind light outflow E to 10 km/hr becoming W inflow to 10 km/hr with sea-breeze arrival. Novice peak lapse rate -1.3C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable throughout day. Novice peak lapse rate -2.0C/1000ft. 

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Pemberton: -2.7C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Great day to go Fly at the Major Tom Pemberton BBQ Fly-in!  Forecast lapse rate is suspect to be higher than the actual lapse rate, with extended high pressure and some smoke from forest fires keeping the actual lapse rate down below -2.5C/1000 ft. Winds aloft at 3000ft light and variable early and becoming light west to 13 km/hr, make for easier than typical Pemberton conditions. Mt. Mckenzie for P2 pilots early 0900-1400 and 1700-2100 with P3 intermediate conditions at peak 1400-1070.  Paragliding chances 90%.

2. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.1C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Woodside for P2 pilots 0800-2100 and Bridal 1100-2100.  Chances to paraglide 90%.

3. Paragliding Seattle: -2.0C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Tiger for P2 pilots 0800-2100. 90% chances for paragliding. 

4. Paragliding Whistler: -2.9C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate.  Forecast lapse rate is suspect to be higher than the actual lapse rate, with extended high pressure and some smoke from forest fires keeping the actual lapse rate down below -2.5C/1000 ft. Winds aloft at 3000ft light and variable early and becoming light west to 13 km/hr, make for easier than typical whistler conditions. Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 0900-2000. 90% paragliding chances. 

5. Paragliding Vancouver: -1.3C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Grouse for GMFT P4 advanced pilots 1000-2100. 90% paragliding chances. 

6. Paragliding Bellingham: -1.4C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 0800-2000. Paragliding prospects 90%. 

Monday
Jul162018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Jul 16

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0500. 

High pressure with clear skies.  

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable, becoming WNW to 19 km/hr mid afternoon.  Valley wind W to 15 km/hr.  Novice peak lapse rate -1.2C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft N to 13 km/hr. Valley wind NNW to 15 km/hr.   Novice peak lapse rate -2.3C/1000ft. 

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.7C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate.  Forecast lapse rate is suspect of being significantly higher than actual.  Woodside for P2 pilots 0800-1400 and 1800-2100 with P3 conditions 1400-1800. Bridal for P2 pilots 1100-1400 and 1800-2100 with P3 conditions 1400-1800. Chances to paraglide 90%.

2. Paragliding Bellingham: -1.9C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 0800-2000. Paragliding prospects 90%. 

3. Paragliding Vancouver: -1.2C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Grouse for GMFT P4 advanced pilots 1000-2100. 90% paragliding chances. 

4. Paragliding Seattle: -2.3C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Tiger in possible light lee-side due to north wind aloft today. Watch for possible rough conditions, proceed or do not fly accordingly.  P4 advanced pilots 1000-1900. 60% chances for paragliding. 

5. Paragliding Pemberton: -2.8C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Early light and variable conditions becoming WNW to 19 km/hr means Whistler express S wind likely to arrive mid-afternoon.  Mt. Mckenzie for P2 pilots early 0900-1400 with P4 advanced to non flyable conditions thereafter 1400-2000.  Paragliding chances 90% early, 50% late.  

6. Paragliding Whistler: -3.0C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate.  Watch for possible Whistler express S wind blown out conditionsmid afternoon. Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 0900-2000. 90% paragliding chances early, 50% late.

Saturday
Jul142018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Jul 14

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0500. 

High pressure with clear skies.  

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light E to 22 km/hr in morning becoming light and variable mid afternoon. Valley wind NW to 30 km/hr in morning easing to 10 km/hr mid afternoon. Novice peak lapse rate -1.9C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft NE 17 km/hr increasing to 22 km/hr. Valley wind NNW to 15 km/hr becoming gusty to 30 km/hr in afternoon. Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.5C/1000ft. 

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Bellingham Paragliding: -1.7C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain may be below winds aloft influence.  Watch for possible lee-side conditions, in which case don't fly. Blanchard for P3 pilots 1000-2000. Paragliding prospects 70%. 

2. Paragliding Vancouver: -1.9C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate. Wait for east wind aloft to subside. Grouse for GMFT P4 advanced pilots 1300-2100. 70% paragliding chances. 

3. Pemberton Paragliding: -3.1C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Watch for lee-side conditions due to E wind aloft early then change to light and variable winds aloft mid afternoon.  Mt. Mckenzie with very strong conditions for P4 advanced pilots only 1300-1900 with conditions mellowing late in the day for P2 pilots 1900-2100.  70% paragliding prospects. 

4. Whistler Paragliding: -3.3C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate.  Watch for lee-side conditions due to E wind aloft early then change to light and variable winds aloft mid afternoon. Watch for very strong and rough conditions at peak. Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 1300-2000. 60% chances to paraglide.

5. Paragliding Chilliwack: -3.1C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate.  Outflow aloft in morning places all sites in lee-side, do not fly.  Mid afternoon winds aloft forecast to light and variable. Strong conditions for P4 advanced pilots only 1400-1900 then conditions easing to P2 1900-2100.  Chances to paraglide 50%.

6. Paragliding Seattle: -2.5C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate.  Tiger in lee-side today. Paragliding not recommended.