WHEN WILL I SEE BALLOONS?
The Hot Air Balloons are only on the field during flight times – Friday 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 6am – 6pm. All flights are wind and weather permitting. If the weather permits there will be one half inflated balloon for kids to play in and one balloon offering tethered rides Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm.
HOW LONG IS THE BALLOON RIDE?
The actual ride is between 30 – 40 minutes. However, the whole experience will take about 2 hours. You will have a chance to meet your pilot and crew before the flight; you might even be asked to help inflate the balloon. During the flight, your balloon will be followed by its “chase vehicle” that stays in radio contact with your pilot. On landing, you will have the opportunity to participate in the age-old tradition of sharing a bottle of champagne with passengers. You might be asked to help roll up the “envelope” (the actual balloon) and store it in the basket. The chase vehicle then transports you back to the starting point.
CAN MY ELDERLY PARENTS/YOUNG CHILDREN FLY?
Parents: If they are in good health, have strong legs and can climb in and stand in the basket, they are able to fly.
Children: A child cannot be held and has to be old enough to stand in the basket and see over the basket edge. Typically children need to be over 45 inches tall. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ultimately, the PILOT makes the decision to accept or decline a passenger based on everyone’s safety.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER THE BALLOONS WILL FLY OR NOT?
Our Balloonmeister has the final say. If weather conditions are questionable, he/she will make that decision 15 – 30 minutes prior to the scheduled flight time. Sometimes a flight time is delayed due to weather.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY BALLOON RIDE?
Wear comfortable shoes, such as sneakers, and layer your clothing.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN FIT IN A BALLOON?
Our pilots can carry anywhere from 2 – 8 people per ride. This varies based on passengers weight and basket size. Groups of more than 4 may be split up, but we do our best of accommodate larger groups. We encourage larger parties to book earlier.
HOW MUCH DOES A BALLOON RIDE COST?
A balloon ride is $235 per person (includes 6% VT sales tax). All rides pre-ordered online include weekend admission and parking. Pre-orders end Wednesday June 14th. Rides may also be available for purchase on the grounds during the festival.
CAN I PURCHASE A BALLOON RIDE ON THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS?
Yes, if there are rides remaining we will offer them for sale on the festival grounds starting when the gates open on Friday, June 16th at 3pm. However, demand has increased for our balloon rides over the last several years and it is possible that the rides will be SOLD OUT before the festival gates open.
WHERE CAN I GET A TETHERED RIDE?
Tethered rides, like ascension rides are dependent on wind and weather conditions. They will be offered on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm, permitting. They are available purchase on the grounds only for $20 a rider. They go up to 100 feet in the air and are held to the ground by ropes.
WHAT IS THE BALLOON RIDE REFUND POLICY?
If a passenger decides to cancel PRIOR to June 5, 2017, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee. If the cancellation is AFTER June 5, 2017 or during the festival, no refund will be made. If the flight is cancelled due to weather conditions and we cannot book you on another flight, your money will be refunded as a credit to the purchasing card. You MUST BE PRESENT at the time of your ride to be issued a refund or rescheduled.
You must be present at the time of your ride to be issued a refund or to reschedule.
Take a Ride!
Enjoy the the landscapes of the Quechee Gorge and beyond as you soar over the trees in a peaceful hot air balloon!