International balloon meeting

The hot air balloon is man’s dream of flying come true. Modern-day ballooning is all about competition, excitement and adrenaline. Our presenter Ludmila Shirayeva goes to find out for herself.

Every year, balloonists from all over the world flock to Velikiye Luki for what is the biggest hot-air ballooning competition in Russia. The first balloonists took to the skies in the Pskov district in 1996, and this year 48 teams from 7 countries have arrived to take part in the championship. We’re going to take a closer look at what’s involved in a ballooning competition, and tell you what it’s like to go up in the air for the first time.