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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
Aug132017

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Aug 13

Paragliding weather forecast for Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area, based on data available at 0600. 

Low pressure to northwest and associated front brings mostly cloudy skies, rain and potential for thunderstorms in select areas.  A blessing in disguise as it is bringing some badly needed rain to check inland fires, reduce dry bush and precipigate smoke and dust particulate out of atmosphere.  Ongoing inflow will also help push particulate out of valley where it has been acummulating.

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft SW to 20 km/hr and becoming W to 22 km/hr.   Valley winds loutflow to 15 km/hr becoming inflow southwest to 15 km/hr.  Novice peak lapse rate -2.3C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft SW to 17km/hr easing to light and variable. Valley winds S to 15 km/hr. Advanced peak lapse rate -2.8C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

Paragliding not recommended today in Chilliwack, Seattle, Belingham areas due to scattered showers and cloud. Vancouver and Pemberton areas also carry the risk of thunderstorm - do not fly today.

Monday
Aug072017

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Aug 07

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast, based on data available at 0600. 

High pressure with reduced sea-breeze and N winds aloft with ongoing smoke from interior forest fires. Slight improvement due to mild sea-breeze establishing yesterday late. Visibility down to less than 6 km in select areas.  

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable, becoming NW to 13 km/hr.  Valley winds light outflow to 10 km/hr becoming inflow W to 10 km/hr. Novice peak lapse rate -1.3C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft NNE to 19km/hr. Valley winds NW to 10 km/hr. Novice peak lapse rate -1.6C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Bellingham: -1.0C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Proximity to ocean and low altitude put Blanchard Mountain as first place to establish mild sea breeze with reduced smoke in area. Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 1000-2000 with sled runs due to thin smoke haze.  Paragliding prospects 70%.

2. Paraglidng Chilliwack: -1.8C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate. Woodside 0900-1900 if smoke reduces and visibility improves. Paragliding prospects 50%. 

Paragliding marginal today in Pemberton, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Seattle area sites due to smoke resulting in poor air quality, reduced visibility, and supressed thermals and sea breeze.

Sunday
Aug062017

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Aug 06

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast, based on data available at 0600. 

High pressure with ongoing NW to NE winds aloft continuing to bring smoke from interior forest fires and accumulating in Fraser and Pemberton Valleys.  Air quality health risk warnings continue at level 7 - very high. Visibility down to less than 3 km in select areas. 

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable, becoming NW to 17 km/hr.  Novice peak lapse rate -1.2C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft NE to 11km/hr and increasing to 19 km/hr. Valley winds NW to 10 km/hr. Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.5C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Bellingham: -1.4C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Proximity to ocean and low altitude put Blanchard Mountain as first place to establish mild sea breeze with reduced smoke in area. Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 1000-2000 with sled runs due to thin smoke haze.  Paragliding prospects 70%.

Paragliding not recommended today in Pemberton, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Seattle area sites due to smoke resulting in high risk air quality index at 7, reduced visibility, and supressed thermals and sea breeze.

Saturday
Aug052017

iParaglide Right Site Weather: Aug 05

Paragliding weather forecast for the Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area, based on data available at 0600. 

High pressure with low to south causing ongoing outflow NE, E and SE winds aloft and in valleys: bringing interior smoke from forest fires during this past week and accumulating in the Fraser Valley. Air quality health risk warnings at very high risk of 7 (out of ten). Visibility down to less than 1 km in select areas.

 

 

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable. Vancouver with SE outflow to 15 km/hr with smoke blocking solar delivery and the build up of sea-breeze. Novice peak lapse rate -1.2C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable with NE winds aloft at 6000 ft. Valley winds light and variable.   Novice peak lapse rate -1.9C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Bellingham: -1.3C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Proximity to ocean and low altitude put Blanchard Mountain as first place to establish mild sea breeze with reduced smoke in area. Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 1000-2000 with sled runs due to thin smoke haze.  Paragliding prospects 70%.

Paragliding not recommended today in Pemberton, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Seattle area sites due to smoke resulting in high risk air quality index at 7, reduced visibility, and supressed sea breeze and thermals.

Sunday
Jul302017

iParaglide Right Site Weather: July 30

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

High pressure with sunny skies and mild winds.

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable becoming NW to 9 km/hr.  Early outflow quickly replaced by inflow to 10 km/hr as sea-breeze establishes. Novice peak lapse rate -2.2C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft NE to 11km/hr becoming N to 19 km/hr late in afternoon. Valley wind NE and becoming W to 15 km/hr as sea-breeze establishes.  Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.6C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Pemberton: -3.0C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Pemberton should be great for XC today with light winds aloft to 3000 ft and light west at 6000 ft.   Mt Mackenzie for P2 pilots 0800-1400 and 1800-2000 with P4 conditions at peak 1400-1800. Paragliding prospects 90%.  

2. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.8C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Woodside 0800-1300 and 1700-2000 for P2 pilots with P3 conditions 1300-1700.  Bridal should be great today with anabatic flows and light and varaible winds aloft becoming lihgt NW winds: 0800-1400 and 1700-2000 for P2 pilots and P3 conditons at peak 1400-1700. 90% chances to paraglide. 

3. Paragliding Whistler: -3.2C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Blackcomb for P4 team pilots 0900-2000. Watch for strong thermals. 90% paragliding prospects. 

4. Paragliding Vancouver: - 2.2C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate.  Grouse Mountain for GMFT P4 members 0900-1300 then watch for light NW aloft.  Stable today.  90% chances to fly. 

5. Paragliding Bellingham: -2.1C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 0800-1600 then watch for increasing N wind aloft. Paragliding prospects 80% early, 50% late. 

6. Paragliding Seattle: - 2.6C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate.  Tiger mountain with P2 conditions 0800-1400 P4 conditions 1400-1700 then watch for increasing north wind aloft and lee-side conditions.  Chances for paragliding 80% early, paragliding not recommended late.