One of the most picturesque times to fly in a hot air balloon is in the winter. The ground frost, snow, naked trees and warming sunsets make the views from the balloon dramatically different to those you will see in the warmer summer months. The changes in weather can be difficult deciding what to wear and what to take with you on your balloon flight. It can get very hot when you’re standing in the basket under the roaring flame, but it can also get cold the higher you go and also on the ground after you land, if flying later in the day.
Flying in the winter can be colder and with changing conditions its best to take precaution and pack just in case for every eventuality. We want passengers to enjoy every moment of the flight, not to be thinking how cold it is whilst sipping on a glass of champagne.
No doubt if your flight is booked early in the morning or at the end of the day the temperature will change significantly from the start of your flight to the end. We suggest you come prepared with a few layers of clothing, including an insulated hat, gloves and most importantly warm, weather-proof, footwear.
Keep an eye on the weather a few days prior to launch day and pack appropriately using the checklist. However, It’s not only the weather you will want to consider when planning, remember this will be an occasion where your picture will be taken which will end up on your or one of your families mantel pieces! So shivering with coldness is not an option and want to see a warm glowing smile.
At Aerosaurus Balloons, your comfort and enjoyment is our number one mission. So be sure to plan and dress for the special event so you can arrive at the launch meeting place, not feeling the bitter cold of winter but confident you can savour every special moment. If it’s been raining you don’t ruin your best sports shoes in the thick mud of a Devon farmers field, get them wellies on!
Have a re-read of your Passenger Information Pack and remind yourself of the ‘dos and don’ts’ tips contained there, and listen carefully to the telephone pre-flight information message which often contains up to the minute advice and information. Remember flying over frosty or possibly snow covered fields in the thick of winter with the warmth of the burner flame lighting up your face can be one of the most memorable experience you will ever have. Make sure you’re sufficiently prepared.