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GUIDED HELISKIING WEEK PACKAGE | KAMCHATKA FAR-EAST RUSSIA
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Heliski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on an 8-day tour with 6-days of heliskiing & twin-share accom.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR or RUR incl taxes.
USD 4,641
The mythical location of Kamchatka is one of the best freeride heli-ski locations in the world. With descents of over 2000m vertical via glaciers & volcanoes all the way to the sea, it is a truly unique, once in a lifetime experience. Join a fixed date tour in March/April.
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Sochi-Heliski on Kamchatka Package

Heliskiing Powder Tour in the Far-east of Russia 

Overview

Kamchatka is one of the best heli-region in the world! A vast riding zone which allows people to enjoy the incredibly diverse terrain and outstanding snow. From glaciers, smoking volcanoes, forest & fjords, heliskiing Kamchatka is unlike anywhere else.

Ski Terrain & Vertical

The region available for skiing in Kamchatka is immense. From the base at Snow Valley, it extends over 200km from the Hodutka volcano in the south, up to the Bakening volcano in the north and contains several independent mountain chains. This makes skiing truly diverse and grants an infinite amount of lines to choose from.

The highlight of heli-skiing on Kamchatka is definitely the runs one makes from the volcanoes. The vertical drop here can reach 2000m in one run and can be as long as 10 km. Boundless snow fields enable one to enjoy the most high-speed runs possible in freeriding! There are no less than 10 volcanoes situated near the Snow Valley base. An especially unforgettable run is the descent down a glacier into the crater of an active volcano Mutnovskyi.

The Pacific Ocean coast both north & south from the base is rich with fjords. Even though the runs here are shorter than those down the volcanoes, the breathtaking scenery, interesting terrain and the opportunity to swim in the ocean make skiing near the fjords probably the most memorable part of the trip.

Kamchatka is also rich with classic alpine terrain. Only three minutes flight time from the hotel, mountain ridges provide pleasant skiing located near Mount Vachkkajez that includes steep gullies at the start, powder fields in the middle & delightful forest areas in the bottom.

Other classic Kamchatka ski zones include: Ganalskyi Ridge - offers classic freeriding in the alpine zone of steep and high mountains with spiky peaks, long couloirs, drop-offs on sharp ridges that will “hardcore” skiers pleased. Sredynnyi ridge, (the farthest from the sea with its winds and high humidity), offers the best powder on Kamchatka! Terrain is an endless amount of mountain circuses with all kinds of amazing runs and probably the best forest riding on the peninsula.

A normal heli-skiing day on Kamchatka looks starts with a 9 a.m. flight to one of the regions. Then after 6-7 runs, a tasty lunch is presented in a scenic location. The group continues skiing looking to accomplish around 9-10 runs for the day, however if we refuel the helicopter groups can complete up to 15-16 runs per day. Depending on the region chosen for skiing it is possible to visit a beach on one of the fjords or stop for a swim in one of the many local hot springs. Normally, during a good weather day, skiing on the volcanoes a group can drop around 10,000 vertical metres. Strong groups have managed to drop up to 20,000 and more vertical metres in a single day.

For more info see the Itinerary Tab.

Sochi-Heliski Kamchatka Heliskiing Package Tour
Sochi-Heliski Kamchatka Heliskiing Package Tour
Sochi-Heliski Kamchatka Heliskiing Package Tour

Location & Transfers

Kamchatka is the located in the far-east of Russia, over 6700km east of Moscow and actually closer to Los Angeles (but without any direct flights!). The heli-ski base is 'Snow Valley', situated 2½ drive away from the Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky (PKC)(Elizovo) airport, in the picturesque Kamchatka forest. The helipad is right at the hotel. You will be greeted upon arrival in at the airport in Kamchatka driven to the hotel base at Snow Valley. Sochi Heliski will assist with the preparation of the appropriate documents for entry into Russia prior to arrival. For information on the best ways to get to Kamchatka, see our Travel to Russia page.

Accommodation & Meals

Stay seven nights in 'Snow Valley' twin-share, hotel style accommodation, twin-share. Upgrades to single rooms or larger private cottages are available on request. All meals are included. Breakfast & dinner are served at the hotel. Lunch is served in the mountains between heliski runs. See the Lodging Tab

Helicopter, Groups, Guides & Flight Time

The helicopter is a large Mi-8 MTV, a powerful, tested by time machine, produced specifically for operating in the mountains. A group consists of 12 to 15 riders and 4 guides. This sort of arrangement allows straight after disembarkation to divide the group in two (7 guests/2 guides in each group), without reducing the amount of safety. This saves time and gives more freedom in choosing fresh lines.

Our leading guides in this program are certificated skiing guides Alexander Mavrin and Maxim Anufrikov. They have a large amount of experience working on Kamchatka and have expert knowledge of the mountains on the peninsula. The tail guides will be experienced guides from the Sochi-Heliski team.

To provide your safety, all the participants of the program will carry obligatory avalanche equipment: ABS- backpacks, transceivers, probes and shovels. Before setting off all the participants will be instructed about local snow conditions and will pass a practical avalanche safety training exercise which includes finding a victim in an avalanche. Lead & tail guides use radio communication, plus guides and helicopter pilots always have satellite phones with them.

Heli time calculation: per minute, the time is calculated from the beginning of the blades rotation and stops with its stop.

The tour includes 8hr of helicopter flight time. Flight time is calculated from the take-off to the landing of the helicopter. This time is usually used up in 3-4 full days. If the group wishes to continue skiing more than the included 8 hours, extra flight hours (or refund for unused runs) can be included from an additional 285000 rubles (about €3,200) per hour/helicopter, divided between the group of 12 to 15 riders.

Ski Ability & Equipment

Heliskiing in Kamchatka is only suitable for fit, strong advanced & expert skiers & boarders with previous powder & mixed snow conditions experience.

Visas & Entry - Important Information

Non-Russians, depending on their citizenship, will need a Russian Federation visa. Contact with the tour operator in advance is necessary to assist with the preparation all the necessary documents.

Kamchatka Heliskiing Week Standard Program (Saturday to Saturday)

Saturday

Arrival to Kamchatka (Elizovo airport) on a morning flight. Transfer to Snow Valley base. Meet the guides and get familiar with the program. Lunch. Safety instruction. Distribution of avalanche safety equipment & practical training (includes locating a victim in an avalanche).

Sunday to Friday

8 a.m breakfast. 9 a.m. heli-day (suitable for flying weather weather)/ alternative activities (not suitable for flying weather).

Saturday

End of the program. Departure after breakfast for transfer back to the airport and flying back to the “mainland” on a day flight.

For better acclimatization, it is recommended you to arrive in Kamchatka 1-2 days before the beginning of the program.

Alternative Program

In case of unsuitable flying weather our guides are ready to organize the following activities for you: skiing on local ski resorts, a tour to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskyi, riding on snowmobiles or sled dog teams, picnic or fishing.

Accommodation & Meals

Snow Valley

The standard package includes accommodation in a hotel (double rooms). Alternatively you can stay in a separate comfortable cottages (for an additional fee), which can accommodate from 4 to 12 people. The cottages offers a kitchen & cozy living room, plus some houses have a private swimming pool with thermal water. Situated in Snow Valley are several hot springs and beautiful views of the Viluchinsky volcano. The helipad is next to the hotel.

Sochi-Heliski Kamchatka Heliskiing Package Tour
Sochi-Heliski Kamchatka Heliskiing Package Tour
Sochi-Heliski Kamchatka Heliskiing Package Tour

Meals

The package includes three meals a day. Breakfast and dinner are waiting for you in the hotel restaurant, whilst lunch (with hot food) is in the mountains a lovely location between runs. As a local treat, one night during the week there is a “Crab Party”. Feasting on this traditional delicacy is also included in the tour price.

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

€3900/person
(8 flight hr, 6 heliski days, guide, 7 nights twin-share accom, meals, ground transfers/transport)

Either package - Extra heli flight time from 285000RUB₽/hr for the helicopter divided between the group (12 to 15 riders)

Inclusions
  • 6 DAYS GUIDED HELISKIING: 8hr flight time (extra flight time available)
  • ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights lodging at Snow Valley
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Return transfers from Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky (PKC) (Elizovo) airport
  • ALL MEALS: Breakfast & dinner at the hotel, lunches in the mountains between runs.
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQUIPMENT: ABS backpack, transceiver, probe, shovel
  • EXPERIENCED RMGA or UIFGM GUIDES: Max guide/guest ratio 2:7)
  • DOCUMENTATION: Invitation for Russian Visa
Add-ons
  • EXTRA HELICOPTER FLIGHT TIME: 285000 rubles / hour per group (a group can be 12 to 15 riders)
  • PRIVATE COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION: Price on request
  • SINGLE ROOM: Supplement is €270/week
  • ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES: For any 'down' days
Not Included

Terms & conditions are as per those outlined by Sochi Heliskiing at the time of booking & include, but are not limited to the following:

BOOKING & REFUND

To book a place in the group it is necessary to pay 50% of the price of the program. The rest of the money should be paid not later than 1 months before the beginning of the program.

Objectively not used up flight time (weather conditions, technical or administrative reasons for not flying) is compensated using the formula 235 000 rubles per group.