Vegas Balloon Rides offers breathtaking views

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- Vegas Balloon Rides is a business that gives both locals and tourists from all around the world a breathtaking view of the valley that is sure to stick with them for a lifetime.

It's a process to get the balloons in the air. It starts with a lot of prep work on the ground. Pilots and their crew unpack and unravel the balloon. Not and easy task since some balloons can weigh 850 pounds or more.

Once the balloon is laid out, the hot air inflates and the basket is ready for passengers.

Veteran balloon pilot Sheldon Grauberger told CW's Jeff Maher that it's not all about beautiful sweeping views. He's had some interesting encounters.

"I actually have landed on top of lone mountain with the Remax balloon, and there were actually some hikers on the top there and I picked them up, had them sign a waiver, picked them up, gave them a ride from the top of a mountain to the bottom of a mountain when it was done, that was a lot of fun," he said.

In his career, Grauberger has logged more than 1800 hours and he's encountered people of all kinds.

"One person was tall, extremely tall, 7 feet, a retired professional basketball player, and his head was so close to the burner he was scared of the heat! I got him down to the ground very quickly," he said.

If you want to take a ride of a lifetime check out Vegas Balloon Rides online. Tickets start at $275, but if you book your appointment by phont, they will put you on what's called their 'bucket list'. It gets you $50 off.

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