Just imagine – a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Ogden Valley! Floating, calm, quiet, peaceful. Catching the sun coming up over the mountains, or, watching the sunset over Ben Lomond Peak and the North Ogden Divide. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary of important date with your loved ones.
Balloon rides are available during the morning and occasionally the evening in exceptionally calm weather.
Ogden Valley Balloon & Artist Festival
August 17-19, 2012
BALLOON LAUNCH TIME:
AT SUNRISE, weather permitting. (It's an early morning sport.) Balloons do not fly in the middle of the day because the wind picks up, but there are plenty of activities for your family to enjoy all day long!
Cost and schedule: TBA
Commonly Asked Questions
If I buy my ride online, where do I go to secure my ride?
There will be a Ticket Trailer on the east side of the Festival Field, to the left of the entrance. Your ride will have been assigned to a pilot in advance. Your pilot will come to the ticket trailer and escort you to their balloon. Must sign a Release of Liability Form.
If I don’t buy my ride ahead of time, where do I go to purchase a ticket during the Festival?
There will be a ticket trailer on the east side of the Festival Field, to the left of the entrance. On the day of the flight, your ticket must be paid for and the liability release form executed prior to 7 a.m. You will be assigned to a pilot, and he or she will come to the ticket trailer and escort you to their balloon. Must sign a Release of Liability Form.
When is the best time to fly?
The mornings are typically very calm so there’s a very good chance you’ll get to fly. The evenings can be a little more risky in our mountain climate, as the wind can pick up and prevent the crafts from flying. We don't accept prepayment for evening flights. If the weather is such that evening flights are available, an announcement will be made at the field.
How should I dress?
Dress in layers and wear enclosed shoes. Comfortable pants are best as it’s somewhat cumbersome climbing into the basket – definitely not a fun exercise in a mini-skirt or very short shorts!!!! While it is often very chilly in the mornings, the heat from the propane that’s used to fill the balloon is quite warm. Don’t forget your camera or your sunglasses!!!
How long is the flight?
Generally, flights are about ½ hour, weather depending.
How many people can fly in the same balloon?
Most balloons can only carry 2 riders in addition to the pilot, based on weight. If more than two of you want to fly, it’s very fun to watch each other and take pictures balloon to balloon. There will be two large balloons that can take 10 passengers each, which is ideal if you have a group of people who all want to fly together.
Can I carry an infant or small child in my arms?
This is generally not advised, but it will be up to the pilot’s discretion. There will be an additional fee of $75 if the pilot agrees to allow this.
Where will we land?
That all depends on the weather. Most commonly, you will land in a field. A “chase” vehicle will follow your balloon’s flight so they can come help the craft land and drive you back to the Festival Field. Occasionally, a really skilled pilot can land you back at the launch site, but this is a rarity.
What is a hop?
This is when a pilot will land and switch out passengers so he can take more people for rides. This is only possible if the weather is very calm.