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FlyOver Las Vegas debuts Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Beginning Sept. 26, 2022, guests to FlyOver in Las Vegas will be able to soar over Canada’s mountains, glaciers, and lakes on the attraction’s newest flight ride, Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies.

Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies
Photos courtesy of FlyOver in Las Vegas by Pursuit

Celebrating its first anniversary in Las Vegas, FlyOver’s epic new experience features footage from 18 locales in the most isolated and untouched areas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, including the snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and picturesque valleys of Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks.

Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies

Created by parent company Pursuit, the multi-sensory experience employs a state-of-the-art moving platform with six degrees of motion that replicate the sensation of soaring in a helicopter over landscapes captured on 8K resolution film and projected on a 52.5-foot spherical screen. In addition, the ride’s weather-simulating effects and location-specific scents enhance the experience.

“We are thrilled to officially launch Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies at FlyOver in Las Vegas,” said FlyOver Attractions Vice President Lisa Adams. “This spectacular journey will capture the hearts and imaginations of everyone who sees it. Our guests will build a strong connection with the land, culture, and spirit of one of Canada’s most iconic natural wonders without ever having to leave the Las Vegas Strip.”

Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies

Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies was filmed on the territories of the Nakoda, Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina, and K’tunaxa Nations and highlights the Indigenous perspective of the mountain range, which local Nations call “The Backbone of the World.” Through collaboration and involvement from the Indigenous communities, Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies seamlessly weaves together the cultures and landscapes of the region.

Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies

“Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies will immerse guests in one of the world’s most beautiful mountain regions,” said Co-Creative Director Dave Mossop. “We want to connect guests to the heart of the Canadian Rockies, sharing stories of people who heard the call of the region and developed a lifelong connection to it. We are so proud of this film, and I have no doubt guests will gain a new respect and reverence for the Canadian Rockies.”

To begin the experience, guests will enter a circular room for a six-minute pre-show projected on 360-degree wraparound walls and narrated by Blackfoot Elder Peter Strikes With A Gun from the Piikani Nation in Western Canada. The pre-show showcases a young traveler encountering the mountains for the first time and Rockies geology expert Grant Mossop (Dave’s father) with an original score featuring celebrated Blackfoot powwow drum group Sorrel Rider.

Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies

Following the pre-show, visitors take flight to experience the rugged terrain and view incredible feats of human ability, including footage of Sonnie Trotter — one of the world’s most accomplished rock climbers — ascending his route on Mount Louis’ massive detached flake. Other scenes feature renowned ice climber Will Gadd making his way up the Curtain Call in the Columbia Icefield (a climb Dave Mossop says was completed 27 times to get the shot exactly right) and internationally acclaimed freeskier Christina Lustenberger carving through cascading snow in an adrenaline-inducing sequence.

Along with Cannes Lion Award-winning director Dave Mossop, the film was created by co-creative director (and former Walt Disney Imagineer) Rick Rothschild in collaboration with Blackfoot advisor, Piikani knowledge keeper Harley Bastien and Windborne narrator, Piikani Elder Peter Strikes With A Gun.

FlyOver also offers The Real Wild West and Legendary Iceland experiences, where riders soar over the American West and regions in Iceland. The attraction is open daily from 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Tickets start at $36 for adults, and locals can receive 30 percent off ticket prices with a valid Nevada ID.

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