Paragliding

Discover Osttirol in mid-air

Zettersfeld 2213 metres

The broad alpine meadows above Lienz provide one of the loveliest panoramas in Austria, from the Lienz Dolomites to the Drei Zinnen, right the way through to the glaciated summits of the Tauern. As an old gliding paradise, Lienz is not just frequented by paragliders in the summer. Considerable air traffic between the Tauern, Dolomites and Carinthia where XC fans cross the airways!

Altitude difference

710 metres - 1550 metres

Starting areas

  1. Ebnerfeld: (1420 metres), south-east-south-west, moderate, forest aisle start, somewhat further and higher than Kollnig on the same road. Risk of side wind; only accessible by car; right on the road; ideal for those just starting out.
  2. Steiner Mandl: (2200 metres), south-east-south-west, easy, GS and D (no visibility to the landing area). Hang-gliders: monocable ropeway and four-seater chairlift only carry ‘2 metre hang-gliders’. Ascent only possible by car (toll road) up to the mountain station (1800 metres), then hang-gliders must be carried for around 10 minutes. Note: No take-off option at the mountain station for the single- cable ropeway. For paragliders, on the Steiner Mandl there are two starting areas to the west and the east of the restaurant ‘Moar Pepo’. At the Steiner Mandl starting area there is a wind sock and toilet facilities. During revision periods there is the option of getting to the starting points by Taxi Xander - for GS and D.
  3. Panoramaköpfl: (approx. 2200 metres), south-east – south-west, easy. No direct view to the landing area. On foot from the mountain station for the four-seater chairlift in a westerly direction, around 15-20 minutes. (The six-seater chairlift does not carry any gliders). Starting area above the mountain station, directly above the Hausbart (Debantgraben). Great XC starting point.

Landing areas

  1. Postleite: (668 metres), main landing area for GS and D is a pasture area, around 800 metres to the east of the valley station. Exact outlines on the homepage of Girstmair flight school (www.girstmair.com). Watch out for the cables (flight simulator cable) and wires. Valley wind mostly south-easterly; north föhn wind from the west!
  2. Camping Falken: (655 metres), pasture opposite the campsite. Ideal landing place for hang-gliders too.

Flight

Good thermal conditions from late morning. Both starting areas, Kollnigg and Ebnerfeld, are worthwhile places for practice flights in the morning and for those who enjoy peace and quiet and for occasional flyers. Brilliant landing area at Zettersfeld. Be mindful of the summer winds in the valley when flying into the valley. In northerly locations considerable, turbulent lee thermals prevail. On the Kollnigg, particularly in the afternoon, be aware of lee turbulence from Debanttal!

Route options

Good thermals from March right through to the start of November. The easiest flight routes proceed east across the Drautal to Emberger Alm. Anyone who heads west should do the valley jump to the Hochstein (high base required), from there via Sillian into Pustertal. As an alternative there is the jump to the south into the Lienz Dolomites, continuing in an easterly or westerly direction along Gailtal. Flights to the north proceed to Kals and into Mölltal. Avoid the Tauerntal due to the extreme summer winds!

Hazards

Possible danger sources are the considerable summer wind in the valley, north and north-west winds with active Tauern wind system (lee situation at Zettersfeld) and the northerly föhn wind. Be careful during route flights and flights past Nikolsdorf – considerable numbers of gliders & rescue helicopter flights between Nikolsdorf and Krankenhaus Lienz. Flight simulator cable above the Postleite landing area.

Hochstein 2057 metres

The Hochstein is the second flight area directly above Lienz and shares its landing areas with those of Zettersfeld. Para Hochstein through the starting slope which is oriented to the east is – first access to the thermals here – particularly suitable for morning and mid-morning flights or flights in the valley wind, as well as the easterly wind conditions in the winter. Also famed are Bruno Girstmair’s ‘breakfast flights’ at around 6.00 a.m., on steady summer days, after breakfast in Hochsteinhütte. The western flanks on the ridge across to the Böses Weibele provide interesting, peaceful late afternoon flights. However you have to get a good landing, or you are in Pustertal.

Altitude difference

1.340 metres

Ascent

From Leisach on the Pustertal altitude road, to Bannberg and continue via Hochsteinstraße (toll) to the car park. From there it is 5 minutes to the alpine inn and 10 minutes to the starting area.

Starting area

East/ South East, light, around 1970 metres, forest aisle. From the car park directly horizontally to the east to the mountain station for the T-bar lift. From here, descend for 50 metres (to the wind sock). Or climb to Hochsteinhütte initially (5 minutes) and then continue east to the starting area. If there is a westerly wind and a northerly wind do not try to start from here! Lee rotors! If the wind is coming from a westerly direction, starting at the Hochstein-Kreuz is a possibility.

Landing areas

  1. Postleite: (668 metres), main landing area for GS and D; a pasture area, around 800 metres to the east of the valley station. Precise diagram available on the homepage for Flugschule Girstmair (www.girstmair.com). Watch out for cables (flight simulator cable) and wires. Valley wind mostly from the south-east, north föhn wind from the west!
  2. Camping Falken: (655 metres), pasture opposite the camp site. Ideal landing area for hang-gliders too.

Thurntaler 2407 metres

The flight area in Sillian enjoys a long tradition. The paragliding championships even took place here in 1986 and 1987. High above Pustertal flying is direct at the southern edge of the main Alpine ridge, but in an area somewhat affected by the upper winds. However numerous starting areas provide take- off areas and directions for a wide variety of flights. The Thurntaler is also a station on the long route for flight route sections in Drautal and Pustertal, from east to west and the other way round.

Altitude difference

1.300 meters

Take-off areas

  1. Alpeggele: (around 2100 metres), north-east-south-east /south /south-west /west; light-moderate, only GS main take-off area, from the mountain station to the left (west) go up to the take-off area to the area above marked out with wind flags; around 15 minutes. Or by car via the mountain road from Außervillgraten to Thurntaler Rast and around 1/2 hour to the west, following the alpine trail.
  2. Summit: (2400 metres), west-south-west-south and east-north, light-moderate, take-off area only suitable for the winter months (when the cable car operates) and directly accessible by the Gadein chairlift.
  3. Stalpen: (1610 metres), east/south-east /south, light, take-off area for GS and D. Access: road from Sillian near the church, up to area where it ends (large car-park). The D-take-off area is situated to the north-west of the car park (little wind flag); to get to the GS take-off area you have to go back from the car park to the farm above the road and behind the farm, along the forest to the take-off area. Do not unfurl the glider outside the barriered area.
  4. Petersberg: South-east, light, GS only, accessible via Sillianbergstrasse to Schlittenhaus; please note that car parking options are limited, obtain approval from the Blue Sky flight school.

Landing areas

  1. Sillian: (1100 metres), large meadow to the south of the main road opposite Thurntaler valley station, with car parking.
  2. Panzendorf: (1080 metres), landing area between Heinfels and Tassenbach. The landing area is at the club house for DFC Sillian, to the east and in front of the Loacker complex next to the B 100. From the valley station through Panzendorf.

Flight

The Thurntaler is a flight terrain which has partly high alpines conditions and is therefore only suitable for paragliders on days when there are not any overriding wind conditions. On days with patchy rain and a tendency for storms a lower take-off area is suitable, mostly in the mornings. Good thermals are available from late morning in the rocky gully areas around the summit ridge, this is throughout the year thanks to the broad southern flanks. When there is more wind in the valley you can start from the lower take-off areas, like the Stalpen.

Route options

Predominantly east-west along Pustertal is the easiest. Can be crossed to the south in the Dolomites and on the main Carnic ridge. To the north there is the option of a lovely triangular route at the main alpine ridge and back (via Defereggental or Hochstein).

Journey

The summit area is high alpine in nature and so when there is no snow in the summer it is not for beginners. Be mindful of the north winds. This is a slog and you are mixed up with considerable lee thermals here! Be mindful of the north föhn wind and exposure to storms.

Golzentipp 2170 metres

In a dreamy setting in upper Lesachtal between the summits of the Lienz Dolomites and the main Carnic ridge are the ridges of the alpine pastures around the Golzentipp. This area, which is accessible by chair lift, makes it possible for beginners and experts to enjoy flights of the highest quality in scenery and tranquillity which are barely found anywhere else in the Alps. In the last few years Obertilliach has created an ‘insider area’; a great place to spend your flying holiday.

Altitude difference

670 metres -710 metres

Starting areas

  1. (Around 2 040 metres), south-east/south, easy, main starting area at the target area, descend a short section to the south-east; some 500 metres beneath the mountain station, where the ski piste deviates to the west.
  2. (Around 2100 metres), north-east/east, easy, but flat, 50 metres to the south beneath the mountain station in a small saddle, on which a ski piste branches off to the west.
  3. (Around 2100 metres), south /south-west, easy, above the mountain station. Follow the ridge to the north for around 500 metres, the take-off area with the wind flag is at the peak to the left of the summit station for the T-bar lift. Outside operating hours for the chairlift you can drive up via a forest road. Ask for the key for this private road at Gasthof Unterwöger!

Landing area

(1400 metres). The new landing area is situated on a meadow approx. 130 m below Landhaus Lugger. Turn off the main road at the bus stop Obertilliach/Ort (Zollstöckl) and follow the asphalted road for approx. 300 m. Parking is possible at the Golzentippbahn! To the lift: Follow the footpath up to the main road and from there approx. 300 metres to the cable car - walking time: approx. 12 min.

Flight

It is preferable to fly out in a south-easterly direction from the main starting area. In a somewhat elevated position at the entrance to the left of the valley floor is the Hausbart. You can make out the drop line of the flight route from a forest sinkhole which has a clearance. Often this entire flank is well visible in the afternoon with the wind in the valley. The Bart is for the most part not towards the take- off area, but past it, to the west.

 

Route options

Lienz Dolomites and main Carnic ridge, on both sides of Lesach-Gailtal to the east and the west (flights to Sillian - Lienz, Kötschach-Mauten), triangular and destination return flights (not yet explored much)

Journey

Strong valley wind and strong northerly altitude air stream, as well as föhn wind and storms are possible sources of danger. Otherwise obstacle-free flight and landing!

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