Take in the breath taking views of the majestic Green Mountains of Vermont from the Spirit of Stoweflake. Whether you choose a cool crisp morning or warm sunset evening, a Spirit of Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Ride is an experience you will never forget. Also, don't miss our Annual Balloon Festival.
The Pilots of Stoweflake
Chuck Baraw, President of Stoweflake and his brother, Stu began flying hot air balloons over 23 years ago. From the first time I flew, I was convinced that it was the freest feeling that anyone can ever have. Hot Air Ballooning is the closest you will ever come to flying on a Magic Carpet" stated Chuck in an interview with Good Morning America. "The sense of freedom is unsurpassed."
For anniversaries, marriage proposals, birthdays and those just looking for fun, Chuck and his brother have hosted hundreds of hot air balloon launches from the spectacular grounds of Stoweflake. And—most recently, to follow in the family tradition, Eric Smith (husband to Sheri Baraw Smith) has joined the team to form a trio known as the Pilots of Stoweflake.
Every year they invite hot air balloonists from all over the country to share in their passion for flying in the Vermont Top Ten Event known as the Stoweflake Annual Balloon Festival!
What you need to know:
Hot Air Ballooning season is mid-May to mid-October depending on weather conditions and available daylight. In-flight time is about 45 minutes, but allow 2 ½ to 3 hrs for balloon inflation, your flight and to be returned to the launch site after landing.
Sunrise & evening flights are typically scheduled at 6:30 am and 5:30 pm, however this can change during certain times of the year. Morning flights are 50% more likely to launch because the winds are calmer. Sunset flights are discontinued in mid-August because of shorter daylight hours.
All flights are weather dependent. Even if the day seems perfect, the winds may be too strong. Your pilot will make that decision just before your scheduled launch time.
Pricing: Fights are for two people only. The fee for guests of Stoweflake is $525.00 per flight. The cost is $595 for non- Stoweflake guests.
A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking by check or travelers check (made out to the Stowe Balloon Company), we cannot process credit cards. The remaining balance is due before your flight. Cancellations with less than 15 days notice result in forfeiture of deposit. Cancellations with more than 15 days notice are entitled to a refund. Flights are dependent on the weather and perfectly functioning equipment. If a postponement occurs due to inclement weather, you may reschedule within a year, or request a refund.
Gift certificates must be paid in full before received.
Corporate Balloon Tethers available for your next meeting. Contact Scotb@stoweflake.com ~ 802-760-1049