"St Auban, the mecca of alpine gliding." Saint-Auban by kiwi

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Chateau Arnoux/St Auban is the where the main centre of alpine gliding is situated. There is a fine flying school and also the offices of the French gliding governing body.
I attended the 1997 World Gliding Championships as part of the crew in the New Zealand team. The experience was made all the better by the stunning scenery, especially the cliffs seen here.
Look closely and the glider in the centre of the photo is dropping water as it crosses the finish line at high speed. The water looks a little like smoke. Gliders come in to cross the line at high speed then climb steeply (using the speed momentum - remember they have no motor) to reposition themselves for a regular landing.

Probably the most action at one time came when all 100 gliders had to be launched into the air within an hour.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Alps provide the wonderful soaring conditions.
  • Cons:Miles away from any large cities and amenities.
  • In a nutshell:I can't think of any reason to go her but to Glide!!
  • Last visit to Saint-Auban: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2005 at 8:43 PM

    "St Auban, the mecca of alpine gliding" Haha, for me, St Auban was the home a main Aluminum plant (Pechiney). Different points of view !


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