Paragliding on the Schmittenhöhe
A bird’s eye view of the alpine region
Prepare for take-off – in the truest sense of the word! Paragliding is perfect for all those who are looking for an extraordinary experience. And if you take off, it should be on the Schmitten! Thanks to the especially favourable thermal uplift conditions in Zell am See-Kaprun, there’s hardly a better place for hang-gliders and paragliders.
Thermal uplift on the Schmitten
You would like to fly high and far? The excellent thermal uplift in Zell am See-Kaprun provides the perfect conditions for that. By the way, the best time for thermal and cross-country flying is from April to August. But: Flights are possible from February onwards and, thus, you can soar across the snowy winter landscape of the Pinzgau if you like.
What makes the thermal uplift surrounding the Schmitten so special? The strong uplift from the Südostkessel (“south-eastern cauldron”). That way you can enjoy a timely start – no matter the transregional wind direction.
Launching and landing in Zell am See
You can launch right from the summit in immediate vicinity of the chapel at 2,000 metres above sea level. The only way to get there is with the Porsche cable car. On the spacious meadows surrounding the summit, you can take your time unpacking your equipment and preparing for take-off.
There are also plenty of spots where you can land: at the meadow right by the Fürth-Kaprun railway crossing, on the Piesendorf landing site. You can head back to the cable car station either by bus, carpooling or the local railway "Pinzgauer Lokalbahn".
Paragliding for newbies with certified partners
The Schmitten is only for pros? Not at all! Paragliding newbies can go on a flight in Zell am See-Kaprun too. Accompanied by trained and certified tandem pilots, they can experience the stunning views from above and glide over the landscape like an eagle.
You’ve always wanted to try this extraordinary sport? The following partners are happy to take you along on a flight:
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