Typically scenic glider rides are offered from May through October. The rides are one hour +/-, depending on weather, thermal heating and ridge lift. The areas flown are Darby Canyon, Treasure Mountain, Alaska basin, Battleship Mountain, Ice flow lake, Snow Drift Lake, the West side of the Teton range, Table Rock, Cascade Canyon, Teton Canyon both North and South, over Grand Targhee then if there is time and are maintaining or gaining altitude, they will go across the valley to the Teton River and then back to the Driggs airport. On very rare occasions they may find enough lift to go high enough to go over the top of the Grand Teton. On a clear day, the passenger will also get a view of the Jackson Hole valley, Jackson and Jenny Lake and Swan Valley.
The glider carries one passenger weighing no more than 230 Lbs. and the cost is $250.00. which covers the cost of the tow plane, tow plane pilot, glider and glider pilot. They do not do any aerobatics during a scenic flight. It is recommended passengers bring a small hat (for sun protection), sunglasses and a camera with a wide angle lens. It can be very warm in the glider so summer attire is also recommended. They have taken passengers as old as 100 years and can often accommodate those with disabilities if they are light enough to be lifted into the glider. They generally don’t take children under eight years old because they have a habit of climbing out of their seat belt and standing up, fiddling with the controls or simply not appreciating the flight or the scenery.
It’s best to schedule a glider flight at least one day in advance, but often times we can squeeze in a last minute booking. Passengers need to understand that weather is a major factor in providing a safe and enjoyable ride and should be flexible and understanding when conditions such as strong winds, thunderstorms or low cloud cover require that we cancel, postpone or reschedule flights.
For further information or to schedule reides contact Teotn Aviation at 208-354-3100.