You can already feel the crisp in the air, taste pumpkin spice in everything, and have your pick of flannels and Halloween decorations in stores – fall is finally here! It’s our favorite season for jumping for several reasons. Skydiving in the fall means shorter wait times at the dropzone, super sweet views, and the absolute BEST weather conditions for skydivers! What more could ya want?!
Summertime tends to be the busiest time of year at the dropzone, but skydiving in the fall gives you a chance to experience your first time skydiving without feeling like another bee buzzing amongst the honeycombs of a busy hive.
While some folks prefer to be amid the chaos and bumpin’ atmosphere of the sweltering summer hangar, others prefer a calmer experience in a cool environment with chill vibes. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, then skydiving in the fall is perfect for you!
Not to mention, fewer jumpers usually means shorter wait times! While this isn’t always the case (depending on the weather or the number of first-timers, for example), we do our absolute best to get you on the plane and in the air as soon as possible! Luckily, the weather in the fall is pretty favorable – which brings us to our next reason …
Sweater weather means temps are getting cool enough for a sweater or long sleeve but not cold enough for a jacket just yet. Grab your flannels and get cozy!
The weather systems in the fall tend to be more conducive for skydiving weather conditions as compared to the constant developing thunderstorms we see in the summer. It’s true, the clearest month of the year here at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, NC is October! This means the sky is clear or mostly clear 64% of the time in the fall – and clearer skies equal more jumpable days.
We tend to get temps in the high 80s on average in the summer season here in Raeford, whereas, fall temperatures are in the comfortable and desirable 70s. Keep in mind that temperatures are usually 20 to 30 degrees cooler up at altitude, so bring an extra layer of clothes when prepping your fall skydiving “fit” – just in case!
If you catch a colder than average fall day or end up scheduling later in the season – don’t worry, we’ve got some cool tips on skydiving in the cold and winter season. It’s always best to bring more layers than you think you’ll need as a precaution. You can always just leave the extra things in the car or in one of our convenient lockers if you feel they aren’t necessary at the time of your skydive.
A famous ‘NEAT-ure’ happening is the beautiful color show autumn brings us with those infamous orange and red hues of the leaves changing colors. Fall foliage is a popular reason for seeking the best places to witness this magnificence from a birds-eye view. What better way to get an unobstructed panorama view than from thousands of feet in the sky underneath a parachute!? Yes, please!
As a bonus, try scheduling your jump for later in the day to hopefully catch the golden hue on the trees at dusk. Wow!
What better way to celebrate the seasons’ change than with a FALL from one of our state-of-the-art turbine aircraft? Open seven days a week and all year-round, book your jump with Skydive Paraclete XP – North Carolina’s premier destination for skydiving!
Awesome environment, by far the best dropzone I've been to. I finished my AFF skydiving school here, they have super experienced instructors not to mention the amazing facility with top of the line equipment. Everyone here is always in a good mood willing to help you with any questions or concerns you may have as a tandem or AFF student.