Boar's Head Ballooning

Charlottesville, Virginia

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

balloon_waterHow high do you fly in a balloon?
I’m afraid of heights. Will ballooning bother me?
What should I wear?
How fast do you go in a balloon?
Is there a feeling of motion in the balloon?
Where does the balloon land?
How early do I need to make reservations?
Is there a weight limit?
Are there age restrictions?

Answers

How high do you fly in a balloon?
In general, we like to stay within 1,000 feet of the ground. You can see more that way. Sometimes we fly at treetop level where passengers can actually pick the leaves from the trees.

I’m afraid of heights. Will ballooning bother me?
Probably not. There is no physical connection between the earth and the balloon as there is in a tall building. This complete freedom seems to alleviate the apprehension of most passengers.

What should I wear?
To get the most enjoyment from your flight, wear comfortable, casual clothes. Women should wear slacks and low-heeled shoes. Although it is not noticeably cooler when flying, you may want to bring along a sweater for cool mornings.

How fast do you go in a balloon?
The speed of the balloon is the same speed as the wind that is moving us along. We will only fly when winds are ten miles an hour or less. The balloon ride usually lasts 60-75 minutes.

Is there a feeling of motion in the balloon?
No. Because the balloon moves the same speed as the wind, there is no feeling of movement. The feeling is that a balloon is standing still while the landscape moves smoothly beneath you. “Tranquil” and “calm” are the words used most often by our passengers to describe ballooning.

Where does the balloon land?
Our landing sites vary according to the wind speed and direction. The ground crew, in constant radio contact, meets us and packs up the balloon. We then return to the Boar’s Head Inn for our champagne celebration.

How early do I need to make reservations?
We can usually accommodate your “Next Day” flight needs, but we recommend that reservations are made two to three weeks in advance, especially for weekends. Gift certificates are unique ideas for anniversaries, birthdays and holiday occasions. They are available by phone.

Is there a weight limit?
Yes. Any individual over 250 pounds should contact Bear Balloons for specific details.

Are there age restrictions?
Children must be 5 and over, and accompanied by an adult.


Balloons are owned and operated by Bear Balloon Corporation. Bear Balloon Corporation is a privately owned and operated business, and is not a subsidiary or affiliate of the Boar’s Head Inn & Sports Club. Some weight restrictions may apply. Prices are subject to change without notice.