IMPORTANT! When you create a booking online you will receive an initial email labeled "Booking Request Received" stating that your booking request has been made. Once your booking has been confirmed by Valley Ballooning you will receive a second email labeled "Booking Confirmed" with information. If you do not receive the second email labeled "Booking Confirmed" then the booking was not completed. You can book using the online scheduler at the bottom of this page.
Where To Check For Cancellations
IMPORTANT! All flight cancellations and updates are now posted online. We do not call or email prior to the flight. Please be sure to check the flight status page online before you leave to come to the meeting location in order to make sure that your flight is still on and has not been cancelled because of weather. In the event that your flight is cancelled due to weather you are able to reschedule using the booking application below. If you are scheduled for a sunset flight, your flight status will be updated on the day of your appointment by 11:30 a.m. If you are scheduled for a sunrise flight, your flight status will be updated by 2:30 p.m. the day before your flight. You can find a link to our flight status page at the bottom of your confirmation email, at the bottom of every email from Valley Ballooning, on our website link menu on the left, and below.
CLICK HERE TO CHECK YOUR FLIGHT STATUS
All passengers flying on a standard group flight may make their reservation by phone, email, or by using our online self-scheduler below. If you purchased an "exclusive private flight for two" or a "semi-private group flight for two" then you must call or email to schedule. For reservations by phone please call Valley Ballooning at (540) 333-6697 or (540)975-0192 or email at email@example.com. All passengers must have purchased vouchers or certificates before scheduling.
Please note that all flights are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled at the pilots discretion. In the event that we are weathered out on your flight day, you may reschedule the flight up until but not past the expiration date on your voucher or flight certificate without additional fees. After the expiration date, all vouchers and certificates work as coupons towards the price of a regular flight for a total of (5) years from date of purchase. The difference in price will be required to still fly past the expiration date. All flight certificates and vouchers are non-refundable. Flights cancelled within (72) hours are subject to forfeiture.
Persons weighing over 230 lbs. will be charged additionally.
230-249 lbs. - $50.00 Weight Charge
250-274 lbs. - $100.00 Weight Charge
275+ lbs. - contact pilot for special arrangements
Flight Probability and Booking
Hot air balloons need light winds to fly safely, approximately 5mph on the surface or less. On average, passengers can expect to schedule 1-5 times before getting a date where the weather is suitable for flying. We get more morning flights in than evening flights. It tends to be less windy in the mornings and we also can sometimes get "timed out" waiting for the wind to drop on evening flights which can push us out of a flight. It generally is windier during the colder months and our heavy flying season is June through November when the weather is best, however, we book all year round. Occasionally we will get weathered out on the launch field on a good forecast because we didn't get the same weather they called for and the forecast was inaccurate.
What To Wear/What to Bring
We are not able to take pregnant women. Minimum height must be 50" with shoes on. All children must be able to see over the basket. Maximum height is 6'6".
All passengers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver for them before the flight.
If you have any health concerns (back problems, recent surgeries, age, etc.) please contact us ahead of time so we can accommodate you. Your safety is important and we need to know all details to ensure the safest flight possible.
Items to bring:
- A hat to eliminate discomfort from the heat that comes from the burner.
- Light Jacket if applicable. The temperature in the balloon is about 5 degrees warmer than the ground.
- Please wear closed-toed shoes (ie. tennis shoes or boots) and long pants for your flight. Occasionally the pilot will land in a field where there is tall grass.
- Please do not bring extra bags or purses on the flight because of limited space in the basket.
- Please kindly remember to use the restroom directly before meeting for the flight. The launch locations do not have public bathrooms on the premises.
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Mailing Address: 16350 Old Valley Pike, Edinburg, Virginia 22824 | (540)975-0192