Get a Tow
Minden is a world-renowned gliding destination. Whether you’re looking to take advantage of the consistent, strong thermals from May through September, or the recurring appearance of mountain wave from October through April, there are opportunities to soar year round. And the incredible mix of stark desert and stunning high mountain scenery certainly doesn’t hurt. Even better, the Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV) features two runways, 34/16 primarily for powered traffic, and 30/12, primarily for glider traffic, though both are fully available for everyone to use depending on the wind. 30/12 also features an awesome glider staging area just off the approach end of 30, perfect for both preparing to launch, and rolling in after a long day of soaring.
Our tow pilots are experienced and skilled pilots with thousands of flying hours, and an intimate knowledge of the surrounding area, including those areas that generate consistent lift. And if you need help staging your glider, our ground crew are experienced in glider handling, and have all gone through the SSA’s ground handling and wing running course. If you’re looking for a tow, we can get you up in the air for some soaring, seven days a week, year round.
You can pay for tows on a per-tow basis, which will be billed on a per-minute basis, or you can purchase a VIP Season Tow Pass. Here are the details for both options:
Paying on a Per-Tow Basis
• Glider pilots are responsible for having their glider at the staging area, and for the hook-up and launch of their glider, unless line help is requested (see below). • A tow reservation is required ◦ A reservations will cost $25 ▪ Reservation is non-refundable ▪ Reservation cost DOES count toward the final cost of the tow ◦ Reservations can be made via e-mail: [email protected] ◦ Reservations can be made via phone: 775-782-9595 ◦ Reservations can be rescheduled with sufficient advance notice • Line help can be requested, for an additional cost of $25. ◦ Please specify if you do or don’t want line help when you make your tow reservation. ◦ Line help covers transport of glider to the staging area for launch and from the staging area upon return, hook up, launch, and other staging activities. • Tows will be billed at a cost of $7.40 per minute ◦ Time starts when the tow plane and glider start rolling. ◦ Time stops as soon as the tow plane touch down for landing.
VIP Annual Tow Pass
• The VIP Annual Tow Pass is $4200 for the entire year. ◦ The pass can be purchased at any point during the year. ◦ If the pass is purchased in advance, during the months of November and December, for the coming year, the price will be discounted to $3750. • A tow reservation is required ◦ Season pass holders DO NOT pay a reservation fee
◦ Reservations can be made via e-mail: [email protected] ◦ Reservations can be made via phone: 775-782-9595 ◦ Reservations can be rescheduled with sufficient advance notice • VIP Annual Tow Pass holders enjoy the following benefits at no additional cost: ◦ Unlimited tows ◦ Unlimited oxygen fills ◦ Unlimited land out retrievals ◦ Line service ◦ Wave Camp tickets
We aim to make your gliding experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible, and encourage any feedback. We’re here to help your soar, and we’re happiest when you’re soaring stress-free.