• We are Mountain Training

  • We are Backcountry Aviation

  • We are Real Colorado Flying

  • We are Utah Adventures

About Alpine Flight Training

Alpine Flight Training is the premier Flight Training organization in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

What we do?

We train pilots to be smarter, safer and more skilled.

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I had thought Leadville - LXV, the highest North American airport at 9,927 feet elevation was the limit of how high we would go. The next day they had me landing in dirt at 10,800 feet!

-- Scott Adams --

Our Instructors

Skilled professional aviators with decades of experience who are adept at sharing their expert knowledge of mountain and backcountry flying is what sets Alpine Flight Training apart and makes us unique in every sense.

Who are we anyway?

Meet our team of instructors...

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Founder / Flight Instructor

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LOREN FRENCH

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Flight Instructor

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JOE BOVACONTI

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Flight Instructor

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John Lee

Backcountry training in a tricycle gear aircraft?

You bet! In fact, our independent testing of take-off performance comparing our Cessna 182 to same year and configuration Cessna 180 shows the trike has a slightly shorter take-off distance and similar landing distance. With extremely rough fields the 180 was the clear winner, however for the purposes of training and teaching basic backcountry technique we believe the 182 is a superior platform since it allows the student to learn the concepts of backcountry flying independent from the intimidation and concepts and additional learning related specifically to tail-wheel operations.

Of course, that's not to say our 182 is stock configuration. A number of modifications had been made to make this aircraft ideal for backcountry training, including: 4 Point BAS Safety Systems Seat Belts, Airglas Front Fork, 850x10 main gear tires, 850x6 nose gear tire, Horton STOL kit, lightweight interior.

Get the skills and confidence you need to use your airplane for an entirely new set of adventures while you explore the Colorado and Utah Backcountry

Our Training

Our training is delivered by our team of professional instructors with years of experience. Aviatiors that are truly passionate about developing their student's skills, knowledge and enhancing safety.

What do we offer?

Training Programs

Alpine Flight is based at Eagle County Regional Airport. Colorado training programs can be scheduled to begin from any airport in the Central Mountains of Colorado that is convenient for the student. including Eagle County Regional Airport (KEGE), Aspen Airport (KASE), Steamboat Springs Airport (KSBS), or Telluride Airport (KTEX). Utah programs are scheduled to begin from whichever airport the student desires to fly into either privately or commercially but typically those airport are Eagle County Regional Airport (KEGE), Grand Junction Regional (KGJT), Canyonlands Airport (KCNY), or Salt Lake International (KSLC).


1 DAY INTRODUCTION TO MOUNTAIN FLYING - Year Round

The one day course includes approximately 3 hours of flight and 2 hours of ground training. Come and visit Colorado and fly into some of the most majestic mountain areas, you’ll visit four of the most diverse mountain airports that Colorado has to offer in this condensed one day course.

Ground Training: Our Mountain Flying Course consists of 2 hours of ground training where you will learn the basics of how to fly in the mountainous terrain. You will learn the fundamentals of performance considerations, mountain weather, navigation, strategies for terrain flying, and perspectives to help you develop a good Go-No-Go Judgment. We’ll also cover aspects of mountain flight planning and instrument considerations for mountain flying.

Flight Training: Each student will then fly a route starting from Eagle flying Tennessee Pass to Leadville, the highest airport in North America, then crossing Hagarman Pass to Aspen, and finally Glenwood Springs before returning to Eagle over Cottonwood Pass. This route crosses the Collegiate mountain range, some of the highest in Colorado between Leadville and Aspen.

** Weather may result in training spread over multiple days, in the event of excess ground or flight training beyond the program amounts the flights will be billed at standard rates.

Course Elements
  • 2 Hours Ground Training - Mountain Navigation, Meterology, Strategy, Performance
  • 3 Hours Flight Instruction - Pass Crossing, Understanding 3D Wind, High Density Altitude Operations, Airport Operations
  • Typical Route - Eagle to Leadville via Tennesse Pass, Leadville to Glenwood Springs via Haggerman Pass
  • Rates Departing KEGE - Diamond 20: $899 | Piper Archer: $899 | Cessna 182: $999

2 DAY MOUNTAIN FLYING - Year Round

The two day course includes two days of instruction, approximately 6.5 hours of flight and 3 hours of ground training. Come and visit Colorado and fly into some of the most majestic mountain areas.

Ground Training: Our Mountain Flying Course consists of 3 hours of ground training spread over two days where you will learn the basics of how to fly in the mountainous terrain. You will learn the fundamentals of performance considerations, mountain weather, navigation, strategies for terrain flying, and perspectives to help you develop a good Go-No-Go Judgment. We’ll also cover aspects of mountain flight planning and instrument considerations for mountain flying.

Flight Training: Each student will then fly two separate routes, one route on each day. The first day, we’ll depart Eagle, fly to Steamboat Springs, then to Meeker, Glenwood Springs (depending upon aircraft landing capabilities), and finally Aspen before returning to Eagle. The second day, we will depart Eagle, fly to Leadville, the highest airport in North America, then to Gunnison, North Fork Valley before returning to Eagle. There will also be an option for visiting Telluride along this route.

** Weather may result in training spread over multiple days, in the event of excess ground or flight training beyond the program amounts the flights will be billed at standard rates.

Course Elements
  • Approximately 4 Hours Ground Training - Mountain Navigation, Meterology, Strategy, Performance
  • Approximately 6 Hours Flight Instruction - Pass Crossing, Understanding 3D Wind, High Density Altitude Operations, Airport Operations
  • Typical Route - Eagle to Leadville via Tennesse Pass, Leadville to Glenwood Springs via Haggerman Pass
  • Rates Departing KEGE - Diamond 20: $1699 | Piper Archer: $1699 | Cessna 182: $1999

2 DAY UTAH BACKCOUNTRY- September-May

This two day Moab backcountry course includes pickup from Eagle County Regional Airport, Grand Junction Airport, or Moab/Canyonlands Airport. Pickup at Salt Lake City can also be arranged for a small added cost. This ground training portions of this course are delivered throughout the course in parallel to the flying portions. The weather and time of year will influence the specific airports visited during the course. The course consists of roughly 8 hours of flying spread over 2 days. Lodging and dining in Moab Utah for 1 night is included in the course.

Training: The course begins with review and building slow flight and aircraft control skills when flying in the region of reverse control. From there we begin working on proper soft field and short field landing technique. We will cover important aspects when flying in close proximity to terrain, maneuvering in canyons, orographic winds, performance, weather, navigation, strategy. Much of the course is also spent evaluating prospective landing sites to ensure a safe landing and feasible departure plan as well as developing a proper escape plan and developing good Go-No-Go Judgment.

Course Elements
  • 2 days combined flight and ground training. Flight time of approximately 8 hours total.
  • Rate: $3999

3 DAY UTAH BACKCOUNTRY- September-May

This three day Moab backcountry course includes pickup from Eagle County Regional Airport, Grand Junction Airport, or Moab/Canyonlands Airport. Pickup at Salt Lake City can also be arranged for a small added cost. This ground training portions of this course are delivered throughout the course in parallel to the flying portions. The weather and time of year will influence the specific airports visited during the course. The course consists of roughly 12 hours of flying spread over 3 days. Lodging and dining for 2 nights in Moab, Utah is included in the course.

Training: The course begins with review and building slow flight and aircraft control skills when flying in the region of reverse control. From there we begin working on proper soft field and short field landing technique. We will cover important aspects when flying in close proximity to terrain, maneuvering in canyons, orographic winds, performance, weather, navigation, strategy. Much of the course is also spent evaluating prospective landing sites to ensure a safe landing and feasible departure plan as well as developing a proper escape plan and developing good Go-No-Go Judgment.

Course Elements
  • 3 days combined flight and ground training. Flight time of approximately 12 hours total.
  • Rate: $5999

2 DAY COLORADO BACKCOUNTRY- June-October

This two day Colorado backcountry course begins from either Eagle County Regional Airport or Grand Junction Airport. This course is a blend of mountain flying and backcountry. Several hours of ground training will be delivered at the start of the training and then additional ground training portions of this course are delivered throughout the course in parallel to the flying portions. The weather and time of year will influence the specific airports visited during the course. The course consists of roughly 10 hours of flying spread over 2 days.

Training: The course begins with review and building slow flight and aircraft control skills when flying in the region of reverse control. From there we begin working on proper soft field and short field landing technique. We will cover important aspects when flying in close proximity to terrain, maneuvering in canyons, orographic winds, performance, weather, navigation, strategy. Much of the course is also spent evaluating prospective landing sites to ensure a safe landing and feasible departure plan as well as developing a proper escape plan and developing good Go-No-Go Judgment.

Course Elements
  • 2 days combined flight and ground training. Flight time of approximately 8 hours total.
  • Rate: $2999

Are you ready to start your adventure?

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Customer Comments

  • The training progression Alpine has developed is really fantastic they go back to the beginning - a quick review of pitch/power/slow flight then dirt and grass soft fields at established airports then finally working into progressively more complex backcountry landing sites.

    George O'Connell
  • I come back each year to fly with the team at Alpine Flight, they take the time to figure out your current skill level and build from there. You always leave with new skills and confidence.

    Mike Smith
  • Taking time to fly with a professional group like Alpine is the cheapest insurance you'll ever buy. Go figure it out with people that know what they are doing and practice this stuff every day. Learn from them instead of trying to figure it out the hard way on your own with potentially disasterous consequences.

    Sarah Monarch

Cool Places We've Flown

Take a peek at some of our earlier adventures.
What will your adventure be?

info@alpineflighttraining.com

(970) 401-5105

PO Box 1611 | Gypsum, Colorado 81637
871 Cooley Mesa Road
Hangar 1 | Vail Valley Jet Center
Eagle County Regional Airport

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