Hang Glider Launching on Mt7, Golden, BC, CanadaTake Off, Eh!

Hello and welcome! This is the official website and your definitive information source for The Willi XC Challenge – a hang gliding and paragliding event held annually at the fantastic Mount 7 flying site in Golden, BC.

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You are probably wondering what’s happening with your favourite free flight competition, the Willi XC. We’re well into planning for the 2021 version, our 25th. Covid has thrown a wrench into the works, but our intent is to be ready with options to hold the meet within whatever boundaries are set by disease and regulation. Until we know more though, we are not able to announce any fine details or set a registration fee. We hope to make those final decisions late April/early May.

In the meantime, if the Willi is anywhere in your summer plans, our tentative dates are July 23 to Aug 1 (flying to start on the 24th). We are looking at some options, one of which would extend the competition into the weekend of Aug 7-8. Also, under consideration is forging a partnership with the Splashdown which happens in Invermere on Aug 7th – it’s their 45th.

More information regarding those options is included in a survey we’re doing of interested Willi pilots to see what might work for the majority of us. Please take some time to give us feedback via the brief survey linked below. And pre-register if you like. Pre-registering is optional – you can register later – but we’d like your feedback to the survey anyway. To respond to the survey, please go to…

Pregistered pilots will receive further information via email. Otherwise, please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheWilliXCChallenge/) or find more information on this site.

We’re looking forward to your feedback and flying with you this summer!


If you need encouragement

Check out some of the action in this video from Jean Brossard who came all the way from New Zealand to fly with us again in 2016, after a 14 year absence.


Our Goals…

To run a meet where all type and level of foot-launched pilot have an opportunity to…

  • Pursue their personal best in a competitive environment;
  • Meet and enjoy the company of fellow pilots;
  • Fly safely at all times; and,
  • Above all, have fun.

Known by the regulars as “The Willi”, this co-ed hang gliding/paragliding meet began in 1997 and has evolved into a great annual get-together for pilots from across Canada, the US and elsewhere.

VideoFlying XC in Golden, BC during the 2013 Willi Muller XC Challenge – by Steven Semisch

With The Lookout on Mount 7 in Golden, BC as the launch point, the competition focuses on Open-Distance XC and Out-and-Return flights at one of the premier XC sites in North America. This is your best, safest and most fun opportunity to fly big distance in the mountains.

Don’t let the word “competition” deter you. The key word for this meet is “fun”. While the experienced pilots will (as usual) want to pit their skills against their peers, it’s all done in the spirit of good fun in a relatively low-stress environment. For the intermediate and veteran pilots out there, there’s a chance to build your XC chops at a big mountain, big air site. This is also an excellent opportunity for low air time pilots to gain some XC experience and learn from more seasoned pilots. You’re welcome even if you just want to hang out at launch, watch what more experienced pilots do, then take a sledder at the end of the day. In fact, our intent is to reward you for doing just that – safely and well. This event is a great opportunity to learn and build your confidence in a friendly atmosphere.

And it isn’t just about the flying. Golden is a great setting. We’re planning a full schedule of learning and social activities that will keep pilots, drivers and their families busy all week.

Be sure to check the News Updates on this site to get the latest event information.

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Thanks. See you in Golden!