The Cross Paragliding course, from technical skills to fun...

A paragliding cross-country course in Annecy / Cross-country flying, back from Le Grand Bornand on video

Come and discover the region on some dazzling routes: Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Chablais, Beaufortain, Isère...  You have acquired a good level of autonomy in paragliding and already have a bit of experience.experience ? Follow the guide! He will show you the aerial paths taken by all the crossmen and the great birds of prey ... The aim is to improve your free-flying skills, while enjoying yourself ...

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Prerequisites :

Cross courses are aimed at independent paragliderssincea single monitor will be with you, but in the air this time ! Equipped with GPS beacons, you'll travel in a group according to a flight plan drawn up together. A recovery shuttle will follow your route to ensure your safety. There are a few prerequisites for a successful cross-country course:

  • be able to take off and land independently outside official airfields (although this is not a goal in itself).
  • Use thermal conditions to stay aloft and listen to instructions.
  • know how to use your radio to communicate in the air.
  • have a glider and harness suited to your level.
  • a current FFVL licence.
  • The Siv course is not a prerequisite: piloting skills in turbulent air masses are acquired by increasing the volume of flying. This is known as flying for a long time. The aim here is to keep the paraglider on your head and optimise glide. The piloting courses, or SIV, are complementary to this, allowing you to deepen and refine your knowledge of the equipment by voluntarily unbalancing your glider, but in calm air, on the water and in a safe environment.

On the programme:

The aim of this course is to reach several points in the air, then return to your starting point, study and exploit the day's aerology to make some magnificent paragliding flights. We'll review your personal expectations together during the course. If possible, we'll suggest a different route each day, depending on the weather conditions.

  • Weather analysis to start with, where to find the relevant information to prepare for a safe cross-country paragliding flight.
  • Read, analyse, understand and use everything Mother Nature has to offer to optimise our flight.
  • Working with GPS, analysing tracks, reading a map and preparing a cross country flight plan.
  • Set achievable objectives, therefore know yourself, analyse your progress in paragliding objectively.
  • Flying in a group (the group is stronger for cross-country flying) and learning to use the presence of other paragliders in the sky!
  • Flying fast to go further, optimising the conditions of the moment,
    The subjects are vast and sometimes different for everyone!

Cycle 3





Cross-country paragliding flight from Planfait to Mont Blanc, on video. Here the Bionnassay ridge.

Cross-country paragliding flight from La Sambuy to St Hilaire with the Grands Espaces group

CROSS 2024 course fees

5-day course   620€
1-day fee if the 5 days are not completed   135€
Equipment hire (/day on a cross-country course)   35€
Student or group rate (7 people minimum per course)   -10€

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But who is Alain?

FAQ paragliding courses :

Every paraglider has to compulsory third-party insurance which covers any damage caused to others. As an EFVL-FFVL approved school, our students must also take out a licence, which includes this compulsory insurance. This insurance is valid throughout the calendar year, and is renewed in the autumn.



There are several options available to you, depending on how much you practice:

  • FFVL student insurance for 9 days : Ideal for your first paragliding course, you will only be covered in a FFVL-approved school. This insurance will not cover you if you wish to fly solo, i.e. outside a paragliding school. Days can be taken non-consecutively.
  • FFVL annual student insurance : affordable annual package, which only covers you when you are supervised by an FFVL structure. However, if you want to fly on your own during the year, you can top up your cover and take out annual "Flying" insurance.
  • FFVL "First-time licence holder" insurance The FFVL is offering you a special price for your very first annual licence. Obviously not renewable. You'll be insured all year round, for solo or supervised flights.
  • FFVL "Flying" insurance: This is the classic annual insurance for independent pilots.

Note: each time you take out a licence, you will need to choose a paragliding club to join. Take a paragliding club near you so you can play your part!


Below is a list of accommodation close to our paragliding school in Talloires. The list is not exhaustive ... you can choose between campsites, hotels, gites, ...

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  • Because our school has been around since paragliding was first invented one of the first in France ! Unlike many summer venues, we are open all year round.
  • For our education tailor-made: that's our core business! Our courses cater for all levels: from beginners to experienced pilots, we organise tailored courses, staggered between March and November. Thanks to the expert advice of our experienced instructors, you'll be able to progress safely in your paragliding and continue to develop your skills in this incredibly exciting sport. To achieve your first autonomy, the early thermals. The first transitions, cross-countrySIV courseWe'll be there for you.
  • Because of our privileged geographical position: a magnificent training slope 800m above sea level, two take-off areas overlooking Lake Annecy, our training centre right opposite the landing area, gentle air conditions offering us good flight potential, the mystical beauty of the mountains, the proximity of nature, and above all because we have Gaël... (aka "Chaps").
  • We also offer the possibility of making tandem flights all year round. Paragliding is accessible to everyone! Our flying site offers an incredible view of Lake Annecy and the surrounding area... Even without fairy dust, you'll get an eyeful...
  • Our paragliding shop is one of the biggest TEST CENTER of France, and offers a wide choice of gliders and harnesses to equip you. Advance, Gin Glider, Sup'Air, Néo, Skywalk, Ozone, 777, Phi, Kortel and many others have placed their trust in us and have been our partners for many years.

Don't hesitate to take the plunge and join us for an unforgettable experience!

  • management by 1 or 2 monitors State graduates according to the level of the course
  • the shuttle journeys linking the various flying sites to our school
  • approved helmet and charged radio
  • paragliding equipment is optional, EXCEPT for the INITIATION course 

To avoid any unpleasant surprises, Paraglider sails and harnesses are systematically provided in our Introductory courses.. To make it easier for you to learn and progress, our equipment is regularly renewed. So you work with the latest equipment, which is more comfortable for you and for us!

Paraglider wing, harness, reserve parachute, helmet, charged radio. This equipment is recent, approved and adapted to your size.

  • lunches (meals are shared at nearby snack bars, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic)
  • FFVL licence insurance (about 50€ for 9 days, forms are available on request) here).
  • accommodation (you'll find a list of possible accommodation options at here)

The practice of free flight is closely linked to weather conditions. We are therefore making a weather briefing a few days before the start of each course. Once your online booking has been validated, a confirmation of feasibility will be sent to you 2 or 3 days before.

  • In the event of bad weather on a given dayIn this course, you will be given the theory you need to learn to paraglide (how to draw up a flight plan, weather conditions, rules of the road, etc.), as well as practical lessons on your equipment (correct positioning in the harness, effective stances, sitting up after take-off, etc.).
  • But if the firedamp takes hold and that your instructors decide to cancel a dayThis will not be invoiced. As payment for the course is made at the end of the week, we will be able to deduct it on a pro rata basis.

But don't worry, your paragliding course will last 5 days. It's very rare for it to rain for 5 days in a row in our region... We're lucky to be protected by the mountains, and the Annecy basin is known for its year-round flying.