I'm a glider pilot from Washington state, but occasionally I travel to southern California. I always make sure I have time for a visit to Crystalaire, and book a long flight in one of their excellent DG 1000s dual seat gliders. Since I'm a rated glider pilot, they let me fly the glider the whole time, but I fly with one of their flight instructors. The staff is excellent, friendly and pretty laid back, Heck, this is Califorinia :) I usually get there in the winter time, and take time to brush my skills in the preparation for the spring flying. Once, I got there at the end of September and had a blast... Nice puffy clouds, I got up to about 12500 feet, very nice view. The gliders are top notch, DG 1000s are awesome. Even if the location and the weather conditions would be bad, flying the DG 1000s alone, would make up for it. Even the prices are fair. I recommend this place for both (glider) pilots or anyone else interested in to experience soaring. This is as good as it gets.