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GUIDED HELISKIING DAY TOUR | ABKHAZIA, WESTERN CAUCASUS
1-2 Day | 1 night

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on a single day heliskiing midweek in a group of four, single room accommodation.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR incl taxes.
USD 1,190
Abkhazia near Sochi is the best place for heliskiing in the Caucasus. A huge territory, varied terrain, great snow! From wide endless powder fields to excellent tree skiing or steep narrow couloirs. Explore the amazing Western Caucasus by helicopter. Join a small group day of heliskiing from mid-Dec to mid-April.
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Abkhazia Classic One-Day Heliskiing Package

Heliski Powder Tour in the Western Caucasus

Overview

Located just east of Sochi, mountainous Abkhazia is one of the best places for heliskiing in Europe: a huge territory, varied terrain & great snow! From your hotel in Abkhazia, you step out to the helipad, & from there you will find everything from wide, endless powder fields to excellent tree skiing or steep narrow couloirs. Are you ready to explore the amazing untouched mountains of the western Caucasus?

Ski Terrain & Vertical

The skiing area includes the Tele-Bashe ridge, Mt Ah-Ag & Mt Arabica. These ridges & peaks are nearest to the Black Sea so receive the greatest amount of precipitation (snow!) to provide the best powder ski opportunities. The Midweek Day Tour includes 4 descents, but additional descents (or a refund for unused runs) can be included for an additional €170 per person (based on a full group of 4). Average vertical drop on the tour for a single descent is about 700m but can be up to 1,400m (approx. 3,000m for the 4 included descents). The helicopter usually lands at an altitude of 2,200-2,700m & picks up at 1300-1800m elevation.


Location & Transfers

The helipad is in Abkhazia, right at the Abaata Hotel, a 10-minute drive from the Russian border. All ground transport from Krasnaya Polyana (i.e. Rosa Khutor) & Sochi-Adler are included in the tour. Whilst staying at the hotel the night before your heliski day is optional, it is included in the tariff AND is highly recommended to allow the group to fly into the mountains as early as possible to make the best of the conditions. The drive to the hotel/helipad in neighbouring Abkhazia is one hour from Krasnaya Polyana (or 30min from Adler) and includes a border crossing. To ensure a smooth border crossing, ll guests will need the appropriate visa documentation with them. Sochi Heliski will assist with the preparation of the appropriate documents prior to arrival. For information on the best ways to get to Sochi, see our Travel to Russia page.

Accommodation

One night in the 4-star Abaata hotel on the Black Sea coast in Abkhazia prior to your heliski day is included in the tariff. For more information on accommodation & meals, see the Lodging Tab.

Small Groups

The Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day is restricted to a maximum of 4 guests per group. Maximum guide/guest ration is 1:4. You can join a mixed group for the day or have your own group of 4 skiers or snowboarders.

Helicopter & Guides

The helicopter is a 6-seat Eurocopter which operates with groups of 4 guests & 1 guide. One helicopter can simultaneously serve two guided groups. All guides are certified RMGA ski guides with heliski experience since 2007 or UIFGM guides.

Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day

Ski Ability & Equipment

The Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day can be 'demanding' & is only suitable for fit, strong intermediate or better skiers with previous powder & mixed snow conditions experience.

Visas & Entry - Important Information

Abkhazia is an autonomous republic within Georgia, with its own visa requirements. Passing through the Russia-Abkhazia border usually takes 30-40 minutes. Non-Russians, depending on their citizenship, may need a dual or multi-visa issued from the Russian Federation, as well as a visa to Abkhazia (issued upon entry). The dual or multi-entry visa is necessary to facilitate your initial entry into Russia & then, following your heli-ski day in Abkhazia, your re-entry into Russia to return to Sochi. Contact with the tour operator in advance is necessary to assist with the preparation all the necessary documents.

Accommodation & Meals

Abaata Hotel

The Abkhazia One-Day Heliskiing Package includes one night at the 4-star Abaata hotel on the Black Sea coast in Abkhazia. The hotel is located in the historic part of Old Gagra, just half an hour of driving from Sochi airport. It offers accommodation in comfortable double or single rooms with sea or mountain views. The hotel has its own park with tropical plants, a beach and a restaurant on site. The helipad is located directly at the hotel, avoiding any need for additional transfers each day.

Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day

Meals

All breakfasts are included in the price whilst at the hotel. Lunches are included when out on the helicopter. The Abaata Hotel restaurant serves delicious local and European cuisine for dinner which costs around €15 /person/dinner. The price excludes alcohol.

Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

MIDWEEK
1 Day Heliskiing (4 descents, guide, night at Hotel Abaata, breakfast, lunch & ground transfers) €1000
Extra runs from €170/person in a group of 4

WEEKEND
2 Day Heliskiing (7 descents, guide, night at Hotel Abaata, breakfast, lunch & ground transfers) €1450
Extra runs from €170/person in a group of 4

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  • Price based on single room accommodation in a mixed group of 4 people
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Inclusions
  • HELISKI DESCENTS: 4 (midweek) or 7 (weekend) Guided Heliski Descents
  • GUIDE: Experienced RMGA /UIFGM guides (guide/guest ratio 1:4)
  • ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: 1 Night Hotel Abaata in Abkhazia (single room), plus breakfast & lunch
  • TRANSFERS: Return ground transport (from Krasnaya Polyana/Rosa Khutor or Sochi-Adler) to Abkhazia & helipad
  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Avalanche Safety Equipment (ABS backpack, transceiver, probe, shovel)
  • DOCUMENTATION - Invitation for Russian Visa
Add-ons
  • ADDITIONAL RUNS: €170/group member (based on a group of 4)
  • SKI RENTAL: Price on request
  • EXTRA NIGHTS/DAYS - Accommodation & heliski day - price on application
Not Included

Terms & conditions are as per those outlined by Sochi Heliskiing at the time of booking.

Important Information  - Visas & Entry/Exit from Abkhazia

Passing through the Abkhazia border from Russia usually takes 30-40 minutes. Non-Russians, depending on their citizenship, may need a dual or multi-visa issued from the Russian Federation, as well as a visa to Abkhazia (issued upon entry). The dual or multi-entry visa is necessary to facilitate your initial entry into Russia & then, following your heli-ski day in Abkhazia, your re-entry into Russia to return to Sochi. Contact with the tour operator in advance is necessary to assist with the preparation all the necessary documents.

ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

Non-Departure, Fees & Refunds

In case of unstable weather, when the possibility of skiing becomes apparent only when it enters the ski area, the organizing company offers the group members the calculation of the program price based on the flight time. The price of a flight hour is 3400 EUR per hour per helicopter, per-minute billing.

In case the ABS system is activated outside the situation of the avalanche danger the payment is 145 EUR.

The reason for non-departure can be: non-flying weather, high avalanche danger, administrative reasons that are not dependent on the organizing company (for example, a flight ban). In case that such circumstances became known before the departure to the mountains, but after the group arrived to the helipad, the heliski organizing company will charge compensation in the amount of 75 EUR per person

In cases of non-departure for the reasons depending on the organizing company (shortage of customers in the group, helicopter unavailability, etc.), Sochi Heliski guarantee, at the request of the customer, a 100% refund.

Refunds are NOT made due to the inability to ski for the following reasons:
- illness or injury received both before and during the program;
- the impossibility of skiing due to fatigue;
- unwillingness or impossibility for the client to ride due to bad weather conditions or severe snow conditions (in the condition that safe skiing is possible on this day).

According to the decision of the guide, the participant can be removed from skiing if the level of his/her technical or physical training does not match the other group members – i.e. the participant significantly “slows down” the group, creates a danger to themselves or other group members. In this case, the organizing company does not make any compensation.