Fly Sun Valley is the only fully insured and permitted paragliding operation of the Sun Valley Resort, conducting flights in cooperation with the Sun Valley Company and through an exclusive commercial permit issued by the US Forest Service.
Fly Sun Valley is owned and operated by Chuck Smith. He began flying paragliders in 1987 in Switzerland, initially utilizing "parapentes" as a descent tool for mountaineering activities in the Alps and later for climbs in the Andes and Himalayas. He was involved in the formation of the American Paragliding Association, (APA) the original governing body of paragliding prior to its merger with the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA).
Chuck is a former factory test pilot for UP International and has worked in every aspect of the sport of paragliding.
Additionally, he is a former US National Champion and national team member, holds numerous flying awards, is a USHPA Advanced Instructor, USHPA Tandem Administrator and has personally flown over 5000 safe tandem flights.
Fly Sun Valley is proud to announce that Fly Sun Valley and the new Limelight Hotel in downtown Ketchum are working together to offer the finest paragliding flights and lodging packages in the Sun Valley area.
Check out the Limelight Hotel partnership...
Let's soar the skies over the Sun Valley Resort together! Click our email link here and fill us in with your basic info; number of people in your party, desired date and we will get back to you as soon as possible with flight options.
Due to the complications and logistical difficulties generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reduced our tandem operations for the season. We apologize for any inconvenience, but circumstances have forced this temporary adaptation. Contact us via email or phone for details and availability.
Call our office at 208-726-3332 with any questions or send us email. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to flying with you! We are located in downtown Ketchum at 160 West 4th Street, across the street from the Post Office. (N. 43o 40.763' W. 114o 22.018')