hot air balloon ride over Alps

Apr 5th, 2005, 02:16 PM
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hot air balloon ride over Alps

Has anyone done this and what was the cost? I have been unsuccessful in finding any info so far.
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Apr 5th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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I'm not a ballooneer, but the wind gusts at that height would be far more the 10 knots per hour maximum (not to mention the difficulty breathing above 10,000 feet)
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Apr 5th, 2005, 05:56 PM
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I very much doubt if this is physically possible. The balloon would have to be at 18-20,000 feet - and even if you could get a balloon that high safely - the passengers would be suffering from oxygen deprivation/altitide sickness.
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Apr 5th, 2005, 07:15 PM
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... and freezing to death.
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Apr 6th, 2005, 04:07 AM
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Hi lexi_0906,

Without asking what you mean by "over" the Alps, I do know that there is a big hot-air balloon center in Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland (where the first ever around-the-world flight by balloon took off & landed). There is a company in Chateau d'Oex that offers passenger rides called Skyevent -- here's the website:

www.skyevent.ch/default.asp?Lang=FR

Chateau d'Oex is a beautiful village at the edge of Vaud, just before the Berner Oberland starts. You'll certainly feel that you're in the mountains.

They don't seem to have an English page, so what I understand is the basic flight lasts one hour in the air, soars to 2500-3500 meters, and costs 350chf per person. The deluxe flight is private, lasts one hour in the air, includes champagne, soars to 2500-3500 meters, and costs 1,500chf for two people.

You may be able to find something similar in Interlaken if you go to their site (www.interlaken.ch) and then hunt around summertime activities.

Have fun!

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