Paragliding – Hang gliding
World champion at paragliding 2011
We congratulate Kurt Eder on his achievements and
wish him many more successful starts and flights from Speikboden.
Details of Kurt Eder –
Mountain with excellent thermodynamics and THE Eldorado for paragliding! (Burkhard Martens)
The Speikboden was made very popular with long-distance fliers by
The South Tyrolean rarely leaves his home country
and is regularly seen to reach top positions in
This shows the potential of the area. The Speikboden
is an excellent long-distance area both for beginners and for
experienced pilots; flying is possible all year round, but
the period from June to September offers the best conditions.
The panorama of the area you fly through is breathtaking. In the
south the view even extends to the central Dolomites. The Speikboden
lies south of the Zillertaler Alps. For this reason
it is affected by North wind; if it is too strong
you are well-advised not to fly. The high and impressive Durreck
massive lies directly behind it and protects the starting
place even from modest North wind.
Starting place (level of difficulty: easy) on 2,450 m above sea level
(GPS: N46°54´54´´ E011°53´57´´). You get to the upper terminal
(2,000m) with the
cable car Speikboden
then it is a seven-minute walk to the
which takes you up to 2, 400 m above sea level. There are various
starting possibilities. The more beautiful starting places
are situated to the west of the upper terminal. First you
walk downhill for about ten minutes, then up the hill
in the direction of the Speikboden summit. You pass
meadows that show towards the south. Opposite them
there is a North starting place. In the spring, with
snow on the mountain, you can walk down the hill in
eastern direction for some minutes and you will then
find a beautiful South starting place. You can also
continue to walk until you get to the cross. From
here you can start towards the North, East and South.
Sand in Taufers: 870 m, GPS: N46°54´43´´ E011°57´38.
A huge and obstacle-free meadow in the south-east of Sand.
To get to the landing place you turn right towards
Ahornach just before Sand and then drive on towards
Kematen or the industrial area. It is situated next to
the street, near the gym hall and the swimming pool.
Signs and windsock are provided. The club
asks you to
respect and follow the rules of conduct listed, if you start from Speikboden, you do not have to pay the landing fees.
Advise: Park the bike to get back
your car. Under
you find bus
connections (partly only weekdays) from the landing
place (Citybus-stop „Sand i.T. industrial area”) until
the bus stop in Sand in Taufers. Arrived there you
take the regular bus towards Luttach, which will take
you to the parking lot of the Speikboden lifts.
World champion 2010 at hang gliding
The local fliers’ club – the Falkenclub
Falkenclub Ahrntal – Sand in Taufers
Tel: +39 0474 554 666
The transport of hang gliders is not possible with the
lifts (except it can be folded to 2m in length). In this case please contact the "Falkenclub" which organizes rides to the launch site with SUVs.
The texts and videos have been taken from the DVD-Guide
The Best Flying Sites of the Centeral and Eastern Alps
Burkhard Martend and Nina-Renate Brümmer (Thermikwolke.de)
you can see a spectacular preview of the Speikboden taken from this DVD.