Brent and Tanya DuBois attended my last paragliding course and invited me to check out what flying potentials they might have from their property at Whitetale lake. Last Wednesday Aaron Cameron, Dominic Huges and myself made a little road trip to check it out.Whitetale Lake is south-west of Fairmont Hot Springs and north-west of Canal Flats. The DuBois property is on the north end of the lake with 2 duplex cabins (for rent) and a Paragliding and Hang gliding campground. The site has 3 landing sites, one right at the lake, one right at the campground (in the smaller green field) and one at a huge field if the winds get to strong or for hang gliders.
It takes about 25-35 minutes to drive a good gravel road to the take-off site which is on top of Whitetale Mtn (2125 meter). The glide ratio to the landing site is about 3 and the landing site is 1020 meters lower at 1105 meters. This will gives you plenty of height to find thermals or to fly out over the lake and practice some of your acro maneuvers. The lake is about 5-10 feet deep on the north end and will be up to 65 feet deep on the south end of the lake.
The top of the mountain (main ridge) is clear-logged which offers plenty of space and endless opportunities to create even more take off sites. For now Brent cleared one section for a nice take off area which can and will be expended once it gets more busy.

The take off is facing east and is an ideal morning to early afternoon site. The ride very well protected from the west wind as there is another ridge right behind at about 2500 meters and further west another ridge with 2700 meter high mountains. There is also some good potential of XC flights in the area and the terrain is spectacular.

Below is a Google map of the are and a picture and short video of the site.
We are planning to go camping coming up weekend, let us know who likes to join us.

 

           

5 Responses to “New Paragliding and Hang gliding site in the Kootenays -Whitetale Mtn.”

  • Hi Max,
    this looks excellent. I always wondered why there were so few flying sites in this area of the country, where the mountains have so much potential everywhere.
    Cheers,
    Serge.

  • Chris baker:

    Nice sky lounge view

  • John McClintock:

    Hey Max,

    that’s great having an earlier start for the Columbia Valley .. I’ll have to get over there next summer .. thanks to all the site developers ..

  • We are so excited to fly out at Whitetail one day! We will welcome all paragliders out at Whitetail Lake 🙂

  • john matthews:

    Awesome Brent and Tanya.
    Look forward to meet you guys one day and fly the site.
    You guys should come and fly Idaho Peak my play ground.
    Cheers all the best from KTF Kootenaytwistedflyers