The hot air ballooning experience takes about 3-4 hours and we usually fly at sunrise when the winds are generally most stable. Dress comfortably for the overnight temperature, layered clothing is highly recommended. Long pants and sturdy shoes are necessary for the flight and bring a hat, gloves, and sunglasses. Of course, don’t forget your cameras.
We fly 2 -5 passengers per balloon and we specialize in personalized hot air balloon flights for you and your family offering a more intimate ballooning experience. You are not flying with large groups in huge baskets. We follow each hot air balloon flight with a special champagne toast, to celebrate your flight in true ballooning tradition. Non-alcohol champagne is available upon request. Ballooning Souvenir t-shirts and lapel pins are also available for sale.
Bring your gloves and participate in the balloon inflation and pack up process to get the complete ballooning experience. Once aloft, we will fly high enough for panoramic mountain views and low enough to enjoy the excitement of skimming a river or tree tops. We fly at different altitudes to use the varying wind layers to “steer” the hot air balloon. These winds may take us about 5 or 10 miles in an approximate 1 hour to hour and a half flight. Since we generally do not fly back to the launch site, our experienced chase crew will be in radio contact and follow us. They will be there when we land to help pack up the hot air balloon and take us back to the launch site.
We offer spectacular sunrise flights from our East Boulder County location and from
South Park a beautiful mountain valley 55 miles west of Colorado Springs just off of highway 24 where we fly for our two special summer events.
A map and directions to the launch site will be sent with your confirmation.
We also have an alternate launch site in Frederick, CO just east of our Boulder County location which we use sometimes based on wind conditions.
Life Cycle Balloon Adventures, was the first hot air balloon company in Colorado and the most experienced. Life Cycle Balloon Adventures has been family owned and flying in Colorado since 1971. Our hot air balloons are FAA inspected and certified, fully insured, and flown by experienced FAA licensed pilots. Life Cycle Balloon Adventures’ FAA certified flight instructors provide pilot training and pilot flight reviews. Life Cycle Balloon Repair is certified by the FAA ( No. LCBR329X) to repair and inspect all models of FireFly and Gallaxy Balloons.
We fly only when weather conditions are just right. Each morning our pilots get special weather briefings for hot air ballooning from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Flight Services and various internet services. If the pilot determines the weather is unsuitable for a safe flight, the flight will be postponed. Fortunately, the Colorado area offers an excellent climate for year round scenic balloon flights.
Hot air ballooning activities involve the possibility of physical risks greater than those encountered in daily life, and our pilots exercise all due precautions to provide a safe flight. By taking part in balloon activities, passengers acknowledge and assume the risks inherent in such activities. We have no limitations other than children must be tall enough to see over the edge of the basket in a standing position, about 3 and a half feet high, and that an individual’s health will allow for the more rigorous activity of hot air ballooning.
Many people with a fear of heights have flown with us and found balloon flight to be quite enjoyable. We will do everything we can to make your flight comfortable, but if you continue to experience discomfort after take-off, we will bring you back down.
Smoking is not permitted in or around the hot air balloon or recovery vehicles for safety reasons and for the consideration of other passengers.
All reservations must be reserved in advance with a major credit card, local check, or cash. Schedule changes or cancellations within 7 days of your scheduled flight date will require a $100 per person cancellation/rescheduling fee. There is no penalty for changes or cancellations if notice is given to Life Cycle Balloon Adventures, LTD. more than 7 days prior to your scheduled flight date. Any cancellations within 48 hours of your scheduled flight or not showing up for your scheduled flight results in forfeiture of the entire cost of your flight. There is no penalty if your flight is canceled by Life Cycle Balloon Adventures, LTD. due to unfavorable weather conditions. If your flight is postponed, simply call our office to reschedule your flight