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.

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For over 20 years, your trusted partner in paragliding gear and equipment sales. Paragliders, kites, harnesses, flight instruments, reserve parachutes and all brands of accessories.

Our product lines are selected to provide the very best equipment available in the industry.


We provide lessons for all level of pilots including specialized continuing education courses. All instructors at Fly Sun Valley are certified by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA). We use a variety of training sites for beginners, and tailor lesson schedules to meet the needs of each student. Upon successful completion of your lessons you will receive an appropriate pilots rating.

• Beginner P1 Course

• Novice P2 Course

• Active Flying Clinic

• Pilot Refresher Course

• Mountain/Thermal/XC Clinic

• Advanced Maneuvers Clinic (SIV)


Fly Sun Valley has been host to a number of national and world paragliding competitions in the greater Sun Valley and Ketchum areas.

From guided international tours and travel, to personalized coaching and instruction, Fly Sun Valley is your most experienced resource for adventure travel.


Our team of expert tandem pilots/instructors are prepared to introduce you to an unique aerial experience. There is no better way to enjoy the remarkable beauty of the Sun Valley area. Launching your paraglider with your instructor is easy for everyone as we stride a few steps and our glider smoothly lifts into the air. There is no “jumping off” any mountain cliff.

We encourage you to bring a camera to capture all the aerial fun. Our pilots also have cameras and are ready to record this wonderful experience and the fantastic mountain scenery of Idaho.



Call our office at 208-726-3332 with any questions or send a message below. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to flying with you!

Fly Sun Valley is a full service establishment providing tandem flights, flight instruction, equipment sales & service. Our office is located in downtown Ketchum, at 160 4th West, across the street from the Ketchum Post Office. (N. 43o 40.763' W. 114o 22.018')

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P.O. Box 6632
160 W. 4th Street
Ketchum ID 83340

Email: info@flysunvalley.com
Phone: +1 (208) 726-3332

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