Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado is an ideal place to fly in one of the most exciting soaring environments of the world: the Rocky Mountains.  However, soaring among the tallest peaks of the United States is also quite demanding and technical and it pays to be prepared.   The following resources can help with that:

Fight Preparation – links to weather forecasts, checklists, and other essential pre-flight information

Boulder Soaring Area Map – a custom Google-Map to help you get familiar with our soaring terrain

Boulder GlidePlan Map 1:27 – studying this map may help you keep an airport in glide

Launching From Boulder – depending on the specific conditions of the day this can be difficult; here’s some research what other pilots do

Boulder Badges – suggestions about earning your soaring badges from Boulder

Boulder Triangles – flying big triangles is challenging.  This page shows the biggest triangles flown by Boulder pilots from 2011-2017

Boulder 1000+ km Flights – feeling ambitious? Here you can find information about flights of >1000 km flown from Boulder

Colorado Landout Fields – a collection of landout fields along the Colorado Front Range and my methodology of evaluating them

Condor Exercises – this is a rich collection of content to practice flying from Boulder using the Condor Soaring Simulator

Colorado 14er Challenge – An epic career challenge to fly above the 55 tallest peaks of the Rocky Mountains, all in Colorado, and all more than 14,000 ft high.