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Drop Zones: Best Destinations For Skydivers Near The Twin Cities

November 1, 2010 5:21 PM

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What to Know

Make sure the company you’re dealing with is indeed a skydiving company. There are many businesses advertising themselves as skydiving firms, but really they are essentially resellers earning commissions for directing customers to specific partners outside the city. You should deal directly with places that are group members of the United States Parachute Association (USPA), the governing agency for skydivers.

Starting from 10,000 feet up at about 120 miles per hour, you’ll have less than a minute before landing. It’s going to go by quick, and you’ll want to relive it again and again later. Find out how much it costs to video your fall and in what format you’ll get the media for later duplication or sharing with friends via the Internet.

You must be 18 years old or older to skydive, no exceptions. Parental or guardian permission won’t release any liabilities regarding recreational sports, and hold harmless waivers are required by all skydivers. Bring your photo ID.

For tandem jumps, find out the company’s weight limit. Typically clocking in on the scale at 200 to 240 pounds or more will disqualify you for a tandem jump. Also call ahead to discuss any medical conditions that might put your risk factors too high.

Aim to schedule your jump as early in the day as possible in case there are weather issues or other delays. After training, orientation and paperwork, expect get airborne at least an hour after getting started.

With many reservations during the summer months, you may find yourself stuck with either an early slot (around 7 a.m.) or near dusk (around 7 p.m.), with weekdays more open than weekends. Call ahead for availability and keep tabs on that day’s weather forecast.

Where To Go

The “Find A Dropzone” list on the USPA website — http://www.uspa.org — offers complete listings, descriptions of aircraft and details about on-site services from its various group members. Here’s a quick list of what’s nearby.

Westside Skydivers

3234 230th Street, Hangar 30 / Winsted Municipal Airport
Winsted, MN 55395
(50 miles west of the Twin Cities)
(888) 758-5867
www.westsideskydivers.com

Skydive Twin Cities

2026 County Rd. J / Baldwin International Airport
Baldwin, WI 54002
(50 miles east of the Twin Cities)
(715) 684-3416
www.skydivetwincities.com

Southern Minnesota Skydiving

203 S 2nd Street Box 176, Hangar #1 / Le Sueur Municipal Airport
Le Sueur, MN 56058
(60 miles southwest of the Twin Cities)
(507) 837-9350
www.southernminnesotaskydiving.com

Skydive Minnesota

Milaca Municipal Airport
Milaca, MN 56353
(70 miles north of the Twin Cities)
(763) 913-4497
www.skydiveminnesota.org

Minnesota Skydivers Club, Inc.

35493 110 St. / Waseca Municipal Airport
Waseca, MN 56093
(75 miles south of the Twin Cities)
(507) 317-8413 or (612) 597-5052
www.mnskydive.com

Skydive Wissota/Indianhead SPC

6482 City Trk K / Lake Wissota Airport
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(100 miles east of the Twin Cities)
(715) 726-1616 or (715) 289-4440 (weekday)
www.skydivewissota.org

Skydive Superior

4804 Hammond Ave.
Hangar #A7 / Richard I Bong Municipal Airport
4804 Hammond Ave, Hangar A-7
Superior, WI 54880
(160 miles northeast of the Twin Cities)
(218) 391-7936
www.skydivesuperior.com

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