Schoppernau. Rays of golden sunshine blanket the landing area. It’s still quite early, but Christina Kolb from Sibratsgfäll is already smiling from ear to ear. On her shoulders, she carries a huge backpack for paragliding. During the summer months, a strong wind from the valley blows through the Bregenzerwald region. As a result, it’s really only possible to enjoy summer paragliding during the morning hours at the Diedamskopf mountain, which is an ideal paragliding destination in winter.
“It’s possible fly year round at the Niedere where in summer it’s better to head towards Andelsbuch.In winter, flying is best on the Bezau side. The Diedamskopf mountain, however, features the more spectacular mountain panorama,” explains Christina when justifying her choice of flight area today. “I prefer to take off from places where there is a cable car and then do long mountain flights from there. Once I flew towards Piz Buin mountain, then on to Switzerland and back to Bludenz. That was the first time I was really able to soar over the high mountains with a paraglider. I was able to see so many places from the air that I really only knew from the ground. That was my best flight yet.” In the meantime, Christina, an acro paragliding world champion, has also experienced the mountains of Tajikistan and the Himalayas in flight. “All of them are beautiful,” says the globetrotter, “but they cannot compete with the Alps.”