Sites update Sticky

May
31

Following the recent release from the BHPA on flying in Wales it now appears that there can be a limited return of flying in Wales, subject to conditions about staying local (approx. 5 miles from your home) and social distancing.
Please also note that you should not be travelling outside of your local area into Wales either. ie if you live in England or Scotland, stay there and don't come to Wales.

On this basis Snowdonia Sky Sports will be opening the following sites from Monday 1st June 2020 until further notice:

Please be aware that it is only these sites that are open and all other sites are still shut. We are continually liaising with the locals and landowners to open sites where possible, any problems with open sites or especially closed sites would jeopardise this fragile balance and quite easily put many flying sites at risk of closure for good. These are obviously sensitive times and we would like to thank all our members for being so patient and observing of the rules to date. We ask you to continue to do so by being courteous and understanding to other people and outdoor users. You should be local to the site you are going to fly and not traveling miles to get there, nor should you be crossing any country borders to fly.

Some other pertinent points from the BHPA are as follows:

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COVID UPDATE Sticky

May
26

Further to recent developments, where the North Wales Police have stated that paragliding is allowed to take place as a sport, as long as you are local and practicing social distancing.

The SSS committee have discussed the situation and are contacting the BHPA to try and clarify the matter for Wales. As soon as we get any further information we will post it here.

However all our sites remain closed, regardless of what the NWP have said, the Welsh government have not changed the general aviation status, so it is illegal to fly in Wales until they do so.

Please be aware that if you do fly you may not be covered by the BHPA insurance and probably not other insurances such as life and earnings cover until the BHPA give an official affirmation. It is also illegal to enter the areas of the national park that are currently shut to launch. Some sites are particularly sensitive, Foel Lus, Moel Winion as an example, even more so in this instance and the possibility of losing one or multiple sites is a real possibility. Please act responsibly at all times.

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ALL SITES CLOSED Sticky

Mar
23

Covid-19 Response from the Snowdonia Sky Sports Committee

Along with some other clubs and considering the escalating seriousness of the current Covid-19 Pandemic, requests from Mountain Rescue Teams, NT, advice from the Police, air ambulance and authorities, the Committee feels it is no longer appropriate to continue paragliding activities from our sites.
The reasons for this decision include:

• any additional stress on the health system and the emergency services currently would be irresponsible;
• paragliding is a highly visible activity and we are being urged to avoid all unnecessary travel and contact. Flying from and to anywhere and especially over housing would cause a very bad perception of our sport to the general public, authorities and landowners.

Despite paragliding being an appropriately socially-distant activity, the travelling, retrieving, fuelling, chatting and socialising are not, so to protect the future access to our sites we are closing all sites within our control with immediate effect, and urge all members and visitors to respect the spirit of this decision by putting away their equipment and avoiding the temptation to fly anywhere. Now might be a good time to repack your reserve or get your glider serviced!

We are in unprecedented times, one which requires us all to act responsibly and to help each other. To that end paragliding at such times would be a selfish activity that would not be adding to the greater good.

We will constantly monitor the situation – rest assured the committee contains some of the most active and regular fliers in the club, so we don’t want to stop flying for any longer than necessary. However, the alternative of having the activity officially banned may result in permanent loss of access. Please remember: flaunting this suspension could lose us (you) our sites. Please also draw attention to this to any of your mates who may not be members, no-one will distinguish between members and non-members.

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Foel Lus Re-opened Sticky

Aug
01

We have re-opened Foel Lus, to ensure that the site is not lost permanantly please could all pilots ensure that they do not land where they should not, the police have been contacted by local land owners and any further infringment of the area could very well lead to a prosecution and loss of the site.

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SITES NOTICE, SITES CLOSURE Sticky

May
24

Please note Foel Lus has been temporarily closed.

On Monday the 20th of May the police were called because of three paragliders landing in fields that contained horses between Foel Lus and the beach. We have been advised by North Wales Police that any further incidents will be reported as criminal damage.

Foel Lus a sensitive site and to avoid any further escalation of the situation and to give some assurances to local land owners we are temporarily closing it.

 If anyone has any information regarding this incident please would they contact myself ([email protected]) or any other member of the committee.

We will post any updates here on the Face Book and on the website when we have them. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Snowdonia Sky Sports

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Sites information 13/05/18 Sticky

May
13
Please note changes in parking for Moel Wnion & do not drive up the track to drop gliders off or fly NW face in the summer.
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Sites information 24/03/18 Sticky

Mar
24

The Harlech Cliff takeoff has reopened! We have a limited number of takeoffs so please log your usage of the site by using the form on the site's entry in the site guide.

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Access to Arenig Fawr Sticky

Sep
14

Please contact one of the committee members if you are intending on flying Arenig and want to drive to the usual parking place.

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Steve Nash Red Bull X-Alps Talk Sticky

Jan
07

Many thanks to Steve for his fascinating talk about the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps. The talk was attended by many club members and their partners- all were enthralled to hear of Steve's exploits!

Those of you who were unable to attend might like to donate to the charity Steve and Richard have selected to receive the proceeds of their talks- Red Bull Wings for Life. This is a charity committed to funding cutting edge research into spinal cord injury, with a view to curing this dreadful affliction.

 

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Arenig Fawr Sticky

Oct
02
  • Please note that, due to the extremely sensitive nature of the access, Arenig Fawr is a members only site.
  • Please don't fly there if you're not a member & even if you are a member, please phone sites officer Gareth Aston on 07879477501 if you've not flown there recently.
  • In any event, only the westerly bowl is to be flown.
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