For $49, you get an introductory paragliding lesson from Cloud 9 Paragliding School (a $95 value).
Paragliding combines the mellower aspects of skydiving and hanggliding, suspending you from a half-moon parachute for long, smooth sessions of sky-surfing. Learning transpires at Cloud 9's Point of the Mountain north- or south-side spot in the morning on the day you set up your lesson. Before you ascend into the clouds, you'll first cover basic ground-school curriculum, including launching and landing as well as fundamental flight rules. After that, you'll have ample opportunity to try low-altitude practice flights off the training hill. Cloud 9 recommends bringing plenty of water and food, wearing long pants, and sporting ankle-supporting boots or shoes. Gloves and extra layers are nice to have on cooler days. While you won't be certified to fly after this lesson, you can apply what you paid toward the total cost of a certification course.
An appointment is required.
Cloud 9 Paragliding School
The nation's largest paragliding and speed-flying facility, Cloud 9 Paragliding School touts its complete repair loft and lessons held seven days of the week year-round. The facility also stocks a variety of flying gadgets and equipment and imports a variety of international brands of paragliding equipment, which it then distributes to more than 40 flying schools across the country. But above all, the facility sees itself as a big toy store, providing big kids with playthings such as kite tricycles, pogo sticks, and mountain unicycles.