BURKE MOUNTAIN DESCRIPTION
N facing ski mountain. Well known for smooth evening wonder wind flights.
Meeting place: Mid-Burke Lodge parking lot
Coordinates: 44.584701, -71.901903
Wind Direction: Ideal is 325 deg. from the left and 355 deg. from the right.
Wind Speeds: H3 Min. 5, Ideal 10, Max. 15 … P2 min. 5, Ideal 8, Max.10
Glide ratio: 4.2
Advanced pilots use your discretion on launch.
Consolidate gliders & pilots into as few vehicles as possible, parking at launch is limited.
Head back down Mountain road, take a sharp right onto Toll road.
Stop at the toll house and pay $5 per pilot and sign in daily, sign the site waver, once per year.
Drive up to launch and stop before the top at Upper Warren’s Way, pull off the road so that others may pass.
Although the rounded mountain looks like it would shed lift to the sides, it is surprisingly soarable, especiallly at the end of the day.
Expect active thermals mid-day. Cross country flights are possible down the ridge and valley to the southwest.
Ridge soaring and glass-off conditions happen regularly, particularly on days when there is a strong north wind mid-day but diminishing as evening approaches.
Pilot must be have an H3 a P2 is allowed with an observer or an approved mentor. flat slope launch and restricted landing field special skills. All first time pilots need a site introduction and new H3/P2 need an observer or approved mentor.
Due to the covid pandemic we are temporarily not allowed to use the soccer field in any way.
Pilot must sign the state waiver annually.
Do not land at Kirby Mountain Kennels. Kirby Mountain Kennels is the first big field west of the mountain. It has a small pond behind the house, dog kennels, and a large flagpole in the front of the house next to the field.
Tree lines and chair lift infrastructure Nearby all over 50’ away on launch.
The main LZ is large and clear but is surrounded by trees.
Avoid taking off in cross wind conditions/cycles due to rotor from the trees.
Unstable weather conditions can causeactive and strong valley winds.
Altitude needed to reach the soccer field LZ requires leaving the mountain if you sink below launch height.