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Laragne XC 1

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Our first European XC course of the year. Laragne is a fabulously versatile place to fly catering for pilots of all levels of experience with a whole host of flying sites within an hours drive.


We have been running XC trips and Ozone sponsored competions (Chabre Open) in this area for well over a decade.

Laragne has reliable conditions, and is suitable for all levels of pilot, mainly due to it's huge choice of take off sites, well established infrastructure, infinite array of potential routes and tasks, breath taking scenery and local hospitality.

The conditions in the south of France in May are normally gentle and it must be one of the best ways to start the season and dust off the cobwebs in relaxed and beautiful surroundings with some great flying potential.

The temperatures can be cold at altitude in the spring, so bring some warm clothes.

On these trips we will be concentrating on airtime and teaching you the area, we have many sites to choose from and we will take you to whichever sites give us the best potential for each day depending on the weather and wind direction, and suitability to the group.

There are plenty of other activities in this area such as climbing, paddlesport, walking, mountain biking etc. for partners or if we do get any down time.

Additional Info

Location Laragne area, south of France
Guide / Instructor Jocky Sanderson
Course Fee Details
Flights & Transfers

The plan is for students to fly into Marseilles International airport, arriving on Saturday before the course starts. Marseilles is served by many of the low cost airlines throughout the year as well as Air France, BA, KLM etc.

It is best to get a flight that arrives into Marseilles Saturday afternoon arriving before 17.00.

We will aim to depart from the airport by 18.00 and enjoy the 2 hour drive up the motorway through Provence to Allez Up, maybe stopping for dinner on the way in Aix or the local village.

At the end of the week there will be a minibus to take you back to Marseille, arriving at the airport around 15.30 on Saturday, so you will need to book a flight out of Marseilles, departing late that afternoon or evening, or spend the evening in Aix en Provence and get a flight on Sunday.

Pilots travelling independently need to vacate their rooms at Allez-up by 10:30 on the day of departure.

We will only be running one minibus trip from and to the airport, arriving at 15.30 and departing at around 18.00, if your arrival or departure times differ from the main group you may need to make alternative transport arrangements. There are 4 buses per day from the airport to Sisteron where we can pick you up.

Others choose to drive. (Laragne is a 10-12 hour drive from Calais, with motorway class roads almost all the way).

Or you can travel by train from the UK, which is often cheaper and easier than flying. We will be picking up and dropping off pilots from Aix en Provence TGV station on the way to or from the airport, times as above.

We are also happy to pick up pilots from Aix en Provence centre en route to or from the airport if you prefer to arrive early or depart later and spend some time in the beautiful city of Aix. The airport hotels at Marseille airport are OK and functional and clean but are very much airport Hotels and away from any amenities.

Buses run from Marseille airport to Aix en Provence centre every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening (the bus trip takes 25 minutes).

Site details and weather updates

We assume that you will arrive with a functional paraglider, harness and reserve parachute (we are happy to check it for you) You will also need;

  • vario/alti vario (ideally with GPS).
  • 2m radio ( these can be hired from us at £25 per week)
  • Medical repatriation insurance and E111 card, GPS (is advised but not essential)
  • Warm clothing/flying suit (we often have cloudbase above 3,000m which can be cold, even in July and August)
  • We will supply you with spot devices and trackers.

Please ensure that you have filled in and understood our acceptance of risk form on our website. Local maps are readily available at local shops.

Flight Logs

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