Here is a link to the Michigan city light house weather station for slope
soaring Mount Baldy.
As described before N-NW winds are ideal. Western southerly winds are soarable on the smaller north dune.
The large central bowl of the dune makes this site great for beginners to
learn with elbow room for mistakes.
I paraglide and RC this location whenever the winds permit.
Kepp’s Crossing Overlook Slope Site
Cory sent in this great report on a slope soaring spot in Southeast Idaho. He says Idaho Falls is at the eastern end of the Snake River Plain. This plain is oriented generally in line with the jet stream in spring and fall, which helps produce our winds.
Southeast Idaho has a reputation amongst its residents for being pretty windy. I’ve lived here for 29 years and always thought so too, that is until I took up slope flying in the early 90’s. Sometimes it seems like the wind only blows when all of my planes need repairs. Murphy must have been a sloper! Seriously, I once knew someone who moved here from “The Windy City” who claimed that Chicago was calm compared to here.
Idaho Falls is at the eastern end of the Snake River Plain. This plain is oriented generally in line with the jet stream in spring and fall, which helps produce our winds. Unfortunately, most of the steeper slopes in our area do not face the prevailing wind direction of SSW. Fortunately there are several exceptions. I will submit descriptions of these sites as I fly them this spring.
|This part of the cliff makes the best lift.