Smile While Your Scream Alpine Tour

Austria, Italy, and the Savoi !

Come and join us for the annual ''Smile While You Scream Tour'' in August.

Due to all my friends pressurizing me to come and fly in Europe, I organize a trip to the Alps every year in August when our flying in South Africa is either rained or blown out. This has enabled us to utilise the stable conditions of late European summer to our best advantage.

We have been running this tour since 1996, and it is called the ''Smile While You Scream" because you Smile at the easy flying conditions and Scream at the un-accustomed height (something us South Africans are not used to).

We go for a whole month, but you can join us for as short or for as long as you like according to your budget or your time restraints.  So you tell us where you would like to join us, and for how long, and we will send you a customized itinerary


   Smile While You Scream 2017

Cloudbase Paragliding’s


Annual Alpine Tour


     This year’s tour will run from 22th July to 12th August 2017 . Yes, it’s a whole three weeks, but you can join us for only one, two or all three regions of the tour.

Our all-inclusive* rate in Euro's means there will be no nasty surprises and you can fine-tune your budget.

Over the years we have streamlined our tour to give you maximum airtime, opportunity to relax and if you’d like to do the tourist route, we can arrange this too.

Our tried and tested formula of staying in a region for at least five days means that you can join us at any stage of the tour via Inter-City trains from most major airports.


The Elfer Launch

The Elfer Launch in Stubaital


We start the tour in Austria’s Stubai Valley, just 20 minutes from Innsbruck. Here there is a choice of two launch sites, both served by cable car. The easiest site is an eight-minute cable car ride, which rewards you with an easy 1000m height gain and the opportunity to launch at the Elfer (1800m ASL). Our second option is the preferred early morning site of Kreuzjoch (2125m ASL).
Both sites offer great flying for all levels of experience and the Stubai locals regularly fly 50km triangles here.

We will also visit the valley of Achensee, for an SIV course with Ekkie Maute and Jan from the 24th-26th July. We can also visit the neighbouring Zillertall, of fly over the breathtaking castle of Neuschwantstein.

Our home for the week includes a super house with, a lovely garden and a view of the Elfer launch and flying arena.



We leave Stubai for Italy on the morning of the 1st August. Our destination is Bassano in the foothills of the Alps, with Venice only 70km away.

Flying XC at Bassano


Here we stay in a typical Italian Albergo with the famous Monte Grappa a 20-minute drive up those narrow windy roads!

There are another four launch sites close by to choose from, all with good XC potential. The famous town of Bassano is a hit with tourists and a must see, as well as a trip to Venice.






Flying XC in Bassano


Launch above Annecy Lake

Launch above Annecy Lake

We leave Bassano on the 5th August to travel to Le Grand Bornand in the French Alps where we are renting a large chalet. This new location will spoil us for choice as it puts us right in the middle, and within thirty minutes drive, of some of the most popular French launch sites at Annecy, Chamonix, Grand Bornand, Megeve, Le Clusaz, and Massif Des Bauges.

New and exclusive site in the national park at the Massif des Bauges

New and exclusive site in the national park at the Massif des Bauges



You do not need to be a pilot to join us! So bring your other half! There is ample opportunity for the non -flyers to do the normal tourist thing.  We take along a tandem glider and will be happy to do tandem flights with your partner. (Who knows, maybe they will then get the urge to fly themselves?).

The requirements to fly in Europe with Cloudbase are :

- a valid license (student upwards)
- glider, reserve and harness with back protection
- insurance that includes medical evacuation and third party.

*The prices include:

• Accommodation
• Breakfast and Dinner
• Sitefees including cable car fees at sites as per itinerary
• Transport
• Site Briefings/ daily Weather
• Personal site maps for each region
• Guiding/ skills Advancement
• Tandems
• Meet and greet at specified arrival and departure locations
• Tour T-shirt

Drinks, snacks, souvenirs airfares and visas are excluded
(all South African passport holders will require a Schengen Visa).

Tandem at murren waterfalls


For the last 19 years we have had the privilege of hosting many tour participants and are sure that once again we will have as much fun & flying as in previous years! We are very aware that overseas travel has become very expensive and have put together the most cost-effective package we possibly can. Our regional rate is fixed ensuring that there are no surprises and no hidden extras when you get there. And everyone gets a free tour t-shirt!

Cloudbase – we’ve been doing tours better for longer and look forward to hosting you!

Confirmed Dates for the 2017 Tour are as follows:         



Cost (Euro's)


22nd July - 31st July

Euro 1530 for 9 days


31st July -  5 th August

Euro 850 for 5 days

Savoie 5th – 12th August Euro1190 for 7 days
SIV COurse 25th - 27th July Euro 490 for 3 days

Please note the last flying day is Friday, and therefore you travel home on Saturday.


See our photo gallery for photos of past tours.