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About Your Ride

What to Expect

Hot air balloon over Snohomish during sunset

The Adventure Begins

COVID19 EXTRA CONSIDERATIONS

  • Pre-screening:  Please self-screen for signs or symptoms of COVID-19  prior to arriving.  If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call to reschedule your Balloon flight for another day.  Your deposit will remain on your account.
  • Face Covering or Mask:  Please bring a face covering or mask.  All visitors will be required to wear a face covering or mask while being transported to and from the launch/landing sites and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Face Mask are provided for those who do not have one of their own. Face shields are also available for use if desired.
  • Clothing:  Please bring a light sweater, hoody or jacket for the cooler hour just after sunrise and before sunset.  
  • Limited Area Access and Spectators:  Only passengers will be allowed in the check-in and greeting area.  Spectators are welcomed but we ask that they remain clear of other passengers and to practice Social Distancing. Spectators can follow our Chase vans but will not be allowed to ride along. If landing is on Private property, spectators may or may not be allowed to follow to landing.

Your balloon ride adventure begins when you check in. Morning flights meet approximately at sunrise, and evening flights meet approximately two and a half hours before sunset. Seasonal times apply.

Once checked in, you board our vans and are taken to the launch site. The crew quickly unloads the balloon and assembles it for inflation.

Inflation of the balloon is accomplished by motorized fans. Once the envelope is filled with air, the pilot carefully directs propane burners to heat the air inside the balloon envelope. After just a few minutes, the balloon is standing upright and ready for you to board.

Once on board, your pilot introduces you to the flight with a passenger briefing filled with information to help you enjoy the flight and prepare for the landing.

Everyone gets a window seat. Balloon rides have been called “a nature walk in the sky.” Get ready; you’re about to experience the magic of ballooning.

Up, Up, and Away!

As you gently leave the ground, you’re amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight, you have unobstructed 360-degree views, allowing for breathtaking photographs.

To steer the balloon, your pilot explores a variety of altitudes, from just above the treetops up to perhaps as high as 3,000 feet. By changing altitude, your pilot is also able to change direction by finding shifts in wind currents.

On our flights, we commonly see the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish River, the high rise buildings of downtown Seattle, and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier.

Your pilot points out the occasional eagle’s nest as well as salmon and beavers swimming up the river. He might descend within inches of the river, much to everyone’s delight, for the best viewing opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions