You're invited to join us for an unforgettable experience. Big Sky Balloon Co. is the premier balloon ride operator in Central Oregon. We are proud to offer scenic hot air balloon flights in this remarkable part of the Pacific Northwest. Our unique, custom hand painted balloon reflects the landscape around us as we float over some of the most dramatic land features the area has to offer. Come and enjoy an unparalleled flight experience. Since 1993, we've flown many thousands of passengers and maintain a perfect safety record.
When preparing for your flight with us remember to dress warmly and in layers. Early mornings are always cool in the high dessert, but it warms up quickly and you'll want to adjust accordingly. Temperatures in flight are actually much warmer than on the ground. A hat and comfortable shoes or boots are recommended, no open toed shoes or sport sandals.
Ballooning is a real hands on experience and we welcome you to help with the inflation as well as the take down of the balloon if you like. After a short safety breifing from your pilot the inflation begins and you'll watch as this "gentle giant" comes to life. About 15 minutes later the balloon will be upright and ready for liftoff, at which time you'll climb aboard and be off on the adventure of a lifetime. Following the flight we'll shuttle you back to the launch site to enjoy a traditional sparkling cider toast.
We conduct one flight a day early in the morning when wind conditions are calm and the air is stable. Flight times vary depending on the time of year, we typically like to be in the air within 1 hour of sunrise.
Flight time is approximately one hour with the entire experience taking about three hours. Safety is our top priority, flights are conducted only when the weather and wind conditions are favorable.
If you're looking for the extra something special to add to your experience we also offer flights from our private launch site on the Crooked River Canyon. Included is a post flight brunch, private art showing, as well as overnight luxury accommodations with Panacea At The Canyon. Perfect for groups and special occasions! Please inquire for more information.