Supair and Piment d’Elles, who promote women’s paragliding, are hosting a friendly competition at Annecy in the French Alps in May 2020.
The dates to note are 9-15 May, and the week will comprise a six-day competition with Open, Sports, Women’s, Leisure and Rookie categories.
A ‘competition village’ will be set up in La Nublière campsite in Doussard (competitors get a 10% discount at the campsite), and as well as the flying there will be a mid-week dinner, a conference and a beach party.
There are prizes for the competition winners as well as a prize draw. Registration opens on 15 December 2019 at Airtribune.com.
Gruyère Fly is a weekend-long hike-and-fly event that takes place in the Fribourg area of Switzerland over the last weekend in May.
It’s open to “suitably experienced” pilots with IPPI 4 or 5 qualifications who are at ease with flying unknown terrain. You can choose your level and enter in Compétiteur or Mobilité douce categories. The latter allows the use of public transport including ski lifts. Assistance is allowed for either category, but not compulsory.
The Eigertour is a high-level hike-and-fly competition that takes place in the Bernese Alps, starting at Grindelwald.
It’s a four-day event with Challenge (100-200km via 14-18 turnpoints) and Pro (180-300km via 12-22 turnpoints) categories. The latter is reserved for very experienced pilots – think X-Alps competitors and factory test pilots. Participants are vetted before being accepted for either category.
It’s unsupported – mountain refuges are used for turnpoints and overnight stops, which makes for sociable evenings and a convivial atmosphere.