Paragliding sites in Puy de Dôme

sites de parapente dans le Puy de Dôme

Freedom has created for you an article listing all the paragliding sites accessible to everyone in the Puy de Dôme (63). 15 sites located all over the department: Massif du Sancy, plaine clermontoise, Chaîne des Puys, Livradois-Forez and which will allow you to practice paragliding according to your preferences and your desires: flight on site, flight rando, thermal flight, ...
What to enjoy and discover the department and its landscapes seen from the sky!

Saint-Sandoux

How can we not start with the reference site in Puy de Dôme: the Puy de Saint-Sandoux. It is surely the most important paragliding site, where it flies the most often and one of the easiest to access, near Clermont-Ferrand. It is a perfect site for beginners and improving paragliders for short flights or the exploitation of some lift in the air but also for thermal flights and the start of cross country flights for the more experienced. In addition, this site often offers good evening resorts for longer flights.

A site with many strong points but which often gathers a lot of people, especially in summer.

site de Saint-Sandoux

Information on the site :

Location: Between Issoire and Clermont-Ferrand, exit n°6 of the A75, exit Plauzat. How to get to the village of Saint-Sandoux

Altitude: 770 metres

Difference in altitude: 240 metres

Direction of take-off : North or East

Access to the take-off: The landing is located about 2km from the Saint-Sandoux exit, indicated by a FFVL sign. There is a small car park for your car. A signposted path leads to the take-off in 25-30 minutes. A road is also accessible by car but parking is forbidden at the summit (drop off only). In winter, the road may be closed by municipal decree.

Landing: Landing without too many obstacles, but quite small and sloping which often causes off-roading. This is not a big problem as the landing is surrounded by agricultural fields. Be careful to respect the agricultural plantations, especially during the spring-summer period.

 

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Corent

We continue with a site not far from Saint-Sandoux: the Puy de Corent. It is a perfect paragliding site for thermal and dynamic flights and not very frequented.

site parapente Corent

Information on the site:

Location: In Corent, 25 minutes south of Clermont near Vic le Comte

Altitude: 600 meters

Difference in altitude: 250 metres

Direction of take off: North-West or South

Access to the take off: It is possible to access the plateau of Corent by car. You will have to walk on the other side of the plateau to reach the take-off (5 minutes walk)

Landing: No official landing sites. There are 2 "paths" where you can land between crops without too much danger depending on the direction of the wind: one in the South and one in the West. In case of a bad landing please respect the crops and/or animals.

 

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Saint-Romain

Still in the area, you can also fly at Puy Saint-Romain. Perfect for a simple flight or for thermal and dynamic flying, it is a rather uncrowded site about twenty minutes from Clermont-Ferrand.

site parapente Puy Saint-Romain

Information on the site:

Location: In Saint-Maurice

Altitude: 770 metres

Difference in altitude: 430 metres

Direction of take off: West, South and East

Access to the launch site: It is possible to access the plateau by vehicle (4x4). Otherwise, it is possible to park beforehand, at the top of the village, and to walk up in 15-20 minutes.

Landing: 4 landing places are possible:

  • Below the village, going up to St-Maurice on the left at Lissac you will find a large grassy field where you can land
  • Further down in the village of Saint-Maurice you will find an official landing site not far from the factory along the Allier
  • There is also a landing area next to the rugby fields at Les Martres de Veyre
  • And a field at Mirefleurs which is also used for kite inflating

 

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Mont-Chouvé

This time we go to the Livradois-Forez. The Mont-Chouvé is an extraordinary paragliding site with a good difference in altitude that allows for a nice flight. A site with an incredible panoramic view on the Livradois plain and a landing in the middle of the village of Job. A rather technical landing but also rather atypical and cool!

Mont-Chouvé Job parapente

Information about the paragliding site:

Location: Job near Ambert

Altitude: 1440 meters

Difference in altitude: 800 metres

Take off direction: West

Access to the take off: You can access the take off by vehicle. From Job, take the direction of the Col de Chansert. Once at the pass, take the right-hand road for a little over 2km to reach Mont-Chouvé.

Landing: Fairly technical landing in the village in a field to the north of the village, along the road to the Col de Chansert. Beware of flying over houses.

 

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Saurier

Saurier is a small village south of Clermont-Ferrand, which offers several small paragliding sites perfect for thermal and dynamic flights but also potential cross country on nice days. These different sites also offer a variety of take-off directions depending on the conditions.

site Saurier parapente

Information on the site:

Location: In Saurier between Issoire and Besse

Altitude: 840 to 920 meters

Difference in altitude: 280 to 360 metres

Take-off direction: South, South-West, West, North-West, North-East (depending on the site)

Take-offs: Three take-offs are possible for this site:

  • Rochecourbière (S, SW - 870 metres altitude)
  • Plateau de la Chaux (S, SW - 840 metres altitude)
  • Brionnet (W, NW, N, NE - 920 metres altitude)


Landing: There are two possible landings for these sites:

  • Saurier village: a large meadow in the centre of the village
  • Camping Saurier: A large field on the banks of the Couze Pavin. If the grass is high, use the village landing site.


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Valbeleix

A nice site, accessible for all levels, with an easy and not very busy summit.

Valbeleix parapente

Information on the Valbeleix paragliding site:

Location: South West of Clermont, between Besse and Issoire

Altitude: 1170 meters

Difference in altitude: 400 metres

Direction of take-off: South-West

Access to the take off: Once you arrive in Valbeleix by car, you have to drive up to the Roche Nité plateau. Once at the top you will find a car park (it is a picnic area). To get to the launch pad, there is a small path on the right just before the bend for 400 metres.

Landing: 2 possible landings:

  • The first one at 1km North of Valbeleix in a large field along the road
  • The second one at 1km South of the village, on both sides of the road you will find a landing place


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Let's go now to the Massif du Sancy which offers a lot of incredible paragliding sites, whether for dynamic or thermal flights, but above all for hiking! In addition to paragliding, it also offers beautiful walks or mountain bike rides.

 

Le Mont-Dore

The first site gathers many Puys and decos around, of which surely the most famous, since it gave its name to the mountain range: the Puy de Sancy. It is the highest summit of the Puy de Dôme and Auvergne.

In Le Mont-Dore, there are about 6 different take-offs: the Puy de Sancy (2 take-offs), the Puy de Cacadogne, the Puy de Cliergue, the Roc de Cuzeau and the Eggravats. And most of them are only accessible on foot. Enough to make beautiful hiking flights!

Puy de Sancy site parapente 63

Information on the site of Le Mont-Dore and its various spots:

Location: Au Mont-Dore

Altitude: 1500-1870 meters

Difference in altitude: 400-750 metres

Direction of take off: Varies according to the take offs

Access to the take off:  

  • For the Puy de Sancy, you have to take the cable car of Mont-Dore. Once up there, you have 2 choices of take-off:
    • At the cable car, directly on the left as you leave, on the station side
    • At the summit, you have to walk 15-20 minutes and you will find a platform 30 meters below the summit (Beware of the cables during your flight!)
  • For the Puy de Cacadogne (1785 meters - W, NW): 40 minutes walk for this spot. From the arrival of the cable car join the take-off in the direction of the East by the GR.
  • For the Puy de Cliergue (1670 metres - E): From the arrival of the cable car join the Pas de l'Ane and then head west along the GR 30 to the take-off point. It takes a good hour's walk to reach the summit.
  • For the Roc de Cuzeau (1730 metres - N, NE, E): From the Col de la Croix St Robert take the GR 4 to the South then follow the path to the summit. It takes 45 minutes from the car park to the summit.
  • For the Eggravats (1500 metres - W, NW): Park at the Col de la Croix-St-Robert, take the direction of Cuzeau then head due west to reach the ridge overlooking the Mont-Dore valley. It takes 15-20 minutes to reach the summit.

Landing: The official Mont-Dore landing site is on the right hand side of the road leading to the resort after the holiday village. The best conditions are when there is no wind or a not too strong north wind

 

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Puy de l'Ouire

The Puy de l'Ouire is a magnificent paragliding site, popular for its rando flight and its incredible panoramic view from the top and in the air. It is a perfect site for beginners with a grassy and easy take off.

Puy de l'Ouire parapente

Information on the Puy de l'Ouire:

Location: Between Orcival and Mont-Dore, near the Lac du Guéry

Altitude: 1500 meters

Difference in altitude: 450 metres

Direction of take off: North-West and South-West

Access to the summit: To reach the summit, it is necessary to walk 35-45 minutes from the Roches Tuillière and Sanadoire car park. It is necessary to take the GR 30 by leaving towards the East at the level of the col de Guéry

Landing: Atterro at Le Cros, in the valley below the Roche-Sanadoire

 

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Puy de la Tache

Also in the Sancy, the Puy de la Tâche is a popular paragliding site for its beautiful rando flight and its incredible wild landscape once in the air. It is a perfect site for thermal and dynamic flights but also for potential cross country flights.

Puy de la Tache parapente 63

Information about this site:

Location: between Le Mont-Dore and Chambon sur Lac, near the Col de la Croix Morand

Altitude: 1620 meters

Difference in altitude: From 220 to 475 metres depending on the landing area

Direction of take off: West, North and South-East

Access to the summit: To reach the summit, it is necessary to walk 30-40 minutes from the Col de la Croix Morand where you will find a path going South

Landing: At the parking of the pass, the landing of the Intérioux being forbidden for some time

 

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Puy Gros

Another beautiful hiking flight in the Sancy, the Puy Gros. A great site, magnificent north of Mont-Dore, at Murat le Quaire with an incredible view of the Puy de Sancy. It's a 45 minute walk to the top but well worth it. The launch area is large and grassy, perfect for all types of paragliders.

Puy Gros parapente Puy de Dôme

Information on this paragliding site:

Location: North of Le Mont-Dore, at Murat-le-Quaire

Altitude: 1485 metres

Difference in altitude: 585 metres

Direction of take off: West, South-West, South, South-East and East

Access to the take-off: In Murat le Quaire, join the road to Banne d'Ordanche and park at the start of the forest track before the car park. Follow the path to the summit for about 45 minutes.

Landing: In the place called Les Planches, between Le Mont-Dore and La Bourboule, you will find a large meadow. Beware, you will find an electric line and a large stable on a part of the field.

 

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Puy de l'Angle and Mareuilh

The Puy de l'Angle et Mareuilh is a paragliding site renowned for its beautiful hiking flight in the heart of the Sancy. As you can see, there are actually 2 summits where you can take off from the Col de la Croix Saint-Robert via the GR. First the Mareuilh and then for those who prefer to walk a little more, the Puy de l'Angle.

parapente Puy de Dome Puy de l'Angle

Site information :

Location: East of Le Mont-Dore

Altitude: 1550 or 1730 metres

Difference in altitude: 400 to 600 metres

Direction of take off: North-West, West, South-West, South, South-East and East (depending on the take off)

Access to the take-off: From the Col de la Croix Saint-Robert, follow the GR. You then have 2 possibilities:

  • After 15 minutes, you will arrive at Mareuilh (1550 metres - W, NW)
  • If you prefer to continue, after another 30 minutes you will arrive at Puy de l'Angle (1730 metres - W, SW, S SE, E)

Landing: The official landing place of Le Mont-Dore, on the right hand side of the road leading to the resort after the holiday village. The best conditions are when there is no wind or a not too strong north wind

 

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Super-Besse

The famous ski resort also offers interesting paragliding sites. In winter, this site is used for paragliding, snowkiting and other kinds of sailing sports. There are 4 different sites in Super-Besse, each offering different flights

Super Besse parapente

Information on the Super-Besse site:

Location: in Super-Besse, in the heart of the resort

Altitude: From 1520 to 1850 metres

Difference in altitude: 200 to 550 metres

Take-off direction: West, South-West, South, South-East and East (depending on the take-off)

Access to the take-off: You have 4 possibilities of take-off:

  • Le Puy de la Perdrix (1820 metres - W, SW, S, SE): By the Super-Besse cable car - the take-off is 200 metres just above the station.
  • Le Puy Ferrand (1850 metres - W, SW, S): Le Puy Ferrand is just above the Puy de la Perdrix. From the gondola station, go to the Puy de la Perdrix and then continue for another 10 minutes to the top.
  • Puy Paillaret (1720 metres - W, SW, S, SE): a beautiful site to wagga: from the Col de la Geneste, follow the path for 45 minutes to the summit
  • Puy de Chambourget (1520 metres - W, SW, S SE) : very good site for thermal flights. In Super-Besse, reach the water tower and walk to the top for 15 minutes.

Landing: 2 landing sites are possible:

  • Le Madalet: From Super-Besse take the direction of Picherande, the landing is on the right hand side of the D149 after the caravan park.
  • Col de la Geneste : Good landing with a West, South-West, South, South-East or East wind or without wind.


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Puy de Dôme

And best of all, the most famous volcano in the Auvergne, renowned for its 360° flying possibilities and its magnificent view of the Puys chain and Clermont-Ferrand, the Puy de Dôme is the emblem of the department. Every paraglider in the region has flown from the Puy de Dôme and every beginner aims to fly there. A perfect site for all types of flight: site flight by train, rando flight by the muleteers or goats path, acro, tandem, ... You will find beautiful restits in the evening for longer flights. Its only drawback due to its fame: it is very busy.

site parapente du Puy de Dôme

Information on the paragliding spot:

Location: West of Clermont, 20 minutes from Orcines

Altitude: 1465 meters

Difference in altitude: 400 to 500 metres

Take off direction: All directions

Access to take off: You have 3 possibilities to reach the summit:

  • Via the cogwheel train with the Panoramique des Dômes
  • On foot via the Chemin des Muletiers from the Col de Ceyssat (45 minutes approx.)
  • On foot via the Chemin des Chèvres from the Panoramique des Dômes car park (1h30-2h)

Landing: 3 landing sites are possible:

  • La Taillerie, associated with the South, East and North take-offs, 50m from the Panoramique des Dômes station, which will allow you to take the cogwheel train in the same time
  • On the West side, associated with the North-West to South-West take-offs, you will find the landing of "Ceyssat
  • To the south, the landing of "Laschamps", just before the village of the same name, clear of obstacles, allows you to land serenely in Delta. Paragliders land here in case of a failed cross country departure to the south. 100 meters from the school!


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This is the end of this article on paragliding sites in the Puy de Dôme. Before you go flying, remember to check the weather conditions of the day in relation to the flight site, check the flight rules, respect the landing zones (high grass, animals, ...). You can find all the necessary information and details for the flights on the FFVL website.