Balloon Slap

Bear Slap 2023 Event Info:

Early risers can join us at 7:00am both Saturday and Sunday mornings to roll along the bike path down to the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta launch field for the Mass Ascension. If conditions are approved by the Dawn Patrol, several hundred balloons will launch in waves into the crisp desert morning creating a spectacle that defies description!

At 10:00am Saturday we'll set the World's Largest Banked Slalom course at the world famous Bear ditch for our annual Bear Race and slide session. This is the largest rideable ditch in ABQ where locals have been testing the limits of their skills and courage since 1976! Afterwards we'll spend the rest of the day visiting and shuttling some of our more famous ditches and session spots until 5:00pm.

Sunday's schedule will be the same, after the Mass Ascension we'll meet again at 10:00am at The Bear for a Head to Head Slalom Cross Race! Then we will resume afternoon ditch shuttles after a short lunch break.

1 Day of Shuttles $35
2 Days of Shuttles $60
The Bear Race and Slalom Cross Race entry fees are $10 Cash on site (after you are sure you can make the course!)

Use the PayPal Button below to register, paying an entry fee is the only way to confirm your spot. If you are not able to use PayPal please contact us to make other arrangements. Be Advised! Before you register, be aware that lodging options in ABQ during the Balloon Fiesta are extremely limited and WAY overpriced for the entire week so do your research to make sure that you will have a place to stay!  

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES and NOT having a helmet will VOID your shuttle pass privileges until you find yours.

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