Paragliding Over Switzerland With the X-Alps Academy

Need a quick pick-me-up? This edit from the POV of a Swiss paragliding master should do the trick.

Christian ‘Chrigel’ Maurer may be the most decorated paragliding pilot of all time. To date, the athlete’s won seven Red Bull X-Alps events, four X-Pyr races, three Paragliding World Cup Association events, and 11 World Cups.

When he isn’t busy crushing hike-and-fly races around the world, he runs paragliding clinics at the X-Alps training academy.

In this short video, Maurer takes us along for a weekend of flight training in the southern Swiss Alps. Don’t expect some polished film or curated score; that’s not Chrigel’s style. It’s just sweet, unadulterated GoPro footage from a guy who does some epic stuff extremely well.

Buckle up, hang on, and enjoy the ride.

Runtime: 3 minutes

Paragliders fly over European mountains (photo Andrzej Puchta)
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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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