Saskatoon – Blackstrap

Several launches likely exist along this ridge, this location has been used. Walkup only.

Launch (Blackstrap Ridge):

Several launches likely exist along this ridge, this location has been used. Walkup only.

gMaps Link

Landing:

Immediately below launch

Flyable Conditions:

NW, W: 18 - 30kph


Description

Blackstrap hill, located south of Saskatoon near Dundurn, has a flyable ridge. Located inside the provincial park, this ridge is south of the old ski hill. The ski hill itself could be speed flown, but does not generate sufficient ridge lift. This is a hike in site. Although the map indicates a road, it is not accessible to the public.

Blackstrap is soar-able in the winter. It may be possible to thermal out from this site in the fall. During the summer, thermals are present but not sufficiently strong to gain any substantial altitude. In fall, the lake water being warmer than the ground might allow for ‘lake thermal’ generation, which could allow a climb out. Due to the required wind direction, the XC route would be over the back into a more remote part of the grid, but retrieve should be generally possible.


Current Conditions:


Hazards:

Thick brush could present a problem in an emergency landing.
Care should be taken regarding the road, and several power lines.
Additionally water should be treated with extreme caution.

Airspace Considerations:

The ridge is under E3900ft.
There is a Victor Airway located at the north end of the lake.
Dundurn military base CYR301 is to the east of the ridge.

Landowner / Regulation Considerations:

The provincial park has no specific restrictions on paragliding. However, no contact has been made with local park authorities to date.

Required Glide: 1 : 1