Summer long Thermal courses in Ultra reliable Bassano del Grappa
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welcome to Austrian arena online 2022 - BASSANO DEL GRAPPA (& PRE ALPS) - GREIFENBURG


We have published our 2022 dates, the situation is looking very promising for the coming season.

Pilots who have booked and paid deposits with us will need to rebook the weeks they wish to attend. We are now operating a 'first come, first served' policy.

Please rebook the dates you wish to come and we will confirm your dates.

Kelly, Luigi & Stella

Austrian Arena team

UPDATED: 10.10.2021

austrian arena 2022

Come fly the most reliable and accessible XC areas in Austria & Italy with us. We've been based in the heart of the Alps since 1995.

Offering Paragliding Courses & Holidays to pilots wishing to confidently plan then safely fly XC routes in the Alps.

Also for pilots wishing to learn how to efficiently master thermalling as well as mapping techniques; the corner stones of any successful XC flight.

So many thanks for stopping by our website, hopefully within it you'll find out why choosing us will enable you to fly longer, higher and further than you thought possible before.

If you want to learn with a structured progression, like the subject matter that appears in our latest book, Mastering Paragliding, then think about joining one of our courses.

Our courses are ideal for the hobby pilot looking for some help with their thermalling skills through to the seasoned XC pilot wishing to learn how to maximize the day or just want to blast long XC routes with like minded pilots.

More importantly don’t waste your precious time away from your busy schedule. In either the main or pre Alps, come learn with pilots who really know.

We are proudly approaching our 21th season coaching & guiding pilots safely in our back garden, the Alps. So you can be sure that you're flying the right place at the right time.

Rest assured that no one has more experience helping pilots get the most out of their time in & around the Austrian or Italian Alps.

Joining one of our courses will help pilots develop the skills needed to safely fly routes with confidence through the Alps.

It's not just guess work or black magic when the experts fly huge routes in this complex system of valleys and mountains.

Learn the theory, practice it safely, expand your goals... Way Beyond Guiding.

Thanks for reading,

Kelly Farina
Course Leader of Austrian Arena & Author of Mastering Paragliding

our 'INTRO TO XC' courses - bassano del grappa

If you dream to fly cross-country, first you'll need to learn to how to thermal. It is as simple as that! Thermalling technique is probably one of the hardest parts of the sport to truly master. These 'INTRO TO XC' courses are also aimed at pilots wishing to tighten up their technique, even shedding bad habits.

We'll aim to improve your thermalling technique with easy to understand techniques & concepts. Most of these ideas can be found in our book 'Mastering Paragliding.' This course will help you learn these techniques first hand.

These weeks are NOT for beginners but aimed at pilots wishing to consolidate their skill set. These weeks are simialr to 'PURE XC' weeks but the content is lower level and routes are more local and simpler to complete. A great confidence boost.

Our Summer 'INTRO TO XC' routes are around 30km. A great way to practice the ideas and theory. As we start to link thermals on short, rewarding and achievable XC routes.

We offer these courses in the ultra-reliable Bassano del Grappa. A great way to improve your technique and have fun learning with other pilots.

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our 'pure xc' courses - by location

This season blast routes around one of the most reliable places to fly paragliders in Europe, Bassano del Grappa, Feltre & Revine, all in the Italian Pre-Alps.

These areas are very friendly, a rewarding mix of Alpine and flat-land flying, with massive potential for long-haul XC circuits.

Awesome, fun flying, great food and a hotel on the LZ. It doesn't get any better; it's a real flying holiday with more time spend under your wing instead of endless hours stuck in a van.

This truly amazing corner of the Alps has an Ultra-protected micro-climate with a massive hit rate. Pilots go home with huge smiles on their faces.

Bassano is usually the last place to close out when bad weather arrives and first to come on. When other places lose days due to wind or rain we can still crack out surprisingly fun XC flights.

Challenging routes in all directions normally involve fast-flowing lines and huge low-save potential. Our areas here have grown with our knowledge.

This is one of the places I have grown to love the most. That is why we now call here home, find out why...


FROM 2021: All weeks based in Bassano will have the option to use Feltre, Revine and Piave d'Alpago areas, again flexibility is key here.

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Join one of our dedicated 'Alpine XC' courses in Greifenburg, Austria. Finding itself on the South Side of the Alps it enjoys a better climate and more flyable days then it's Northern counterparts.

Long unbroken ridges enable pilots to fly far with faster average speeds. Short glides between thermals accompanied by mainly easy crossings add up to longer XC flights.

The Austrian League fly this area more than any other in Austria due to both it's reliability and it's amazing XC potential.

We are very excited to offer these XC courses, a stepping stone to learn the concepts needed to fly safely in the Alps. Suitable for pilots with enough thermalling experience to help push their limits and knowledge safely. Plus our 'Pure XC' courses always have safe landing options in the wide grassy valley below, not a dust devil in sight...

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Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Intro to XC £500
Pure XC £550

Drautal Courses, S. Austria

Greifenburg XC £650

All Prices above are excluding Accommodation.
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Mastering Paragliding
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(Author: Kelly Farina)

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