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Heli Skiing in Kamchatka
8 days / 7 nights
Bucket list adventure for very good skiers
At 4,750 metres, Kljutschevskayay is the highest of the peninsula's 200 volcanoes, 29 of which are active - making it the greatest concentration of active volcanoes anywhere on earth. Its low population density, few roads and lack of large-scale development have left the vast majority of the Kamchatka peninsula untainted by human hands and it is now globally recognised as an area of highly significant biodiversity.
We now offer an unforgettable adventure for very good skiers - maybe as well a highlight of your skiing career? The helicopter will drop you off high up on the top of lonely volcanoes; enjoy virgin slopes and marvellous landscape during the ultimate heli-skiing trip!
Day 1 Petropavlovsk
Today you arrive in Petropavlovsk, the capital of Kamchatka (airport in Elizovo town, 30 km from the city). You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The transfer takes about 30 minutes. Meet the team and discuss the program of the trip. Get to know the teammates over dinner. Jump in the sauna to get your energy levels up! (extra fee applies).
Day 2 Skiing in Kamchatka
Breakfast. Today, get your gear on for Heli-skiing in the area of the Southern group of volcanoes (Vilyuchinsky, Mutnovsky, Gorely). Enjoy Lunch at the foot of the mountains or in the crater. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Such facilities of the guest house as sauna are optional.
Day 3-4 Skiing in Kamchatka
Breakfast. Departure to the heli-ski program and afterwards to the tourist base camp in the mountains. Bathing in the hot thermal pool under the open sky. Enjoy a night in the lodge!
Day 5 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Breakfast. Today, Heli-skiing in the area of the Southern group of volcanoes awaits you. Have a relaxing lunch at the foot of the mountains. Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Dinner and the night at the hotel. Such facilities of the guest house as sauna are optional.
Day 6 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Breakfast. Today join in an excursion to the only interactive popular science Museum of Volcanoes in Russia! Dinner and the night rest at the hotel.
Day 7 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Breakfast. Relax or enjoy optional excursions such as dog-sledding, surfing, ski-tour / backcountry, snowmobile trip to the Mayachniy Cape, heli-ski (contact the managers for more info). Dinner. Night rest. Day 8End of tour Transfer to the airport with stop at the fish market and the gift shop.
Heli Skiing in Kamchatka
The tour is available on enquiry basis.
Please get in touch with our Destination Managers and they will put together a perfect holiday for you.
Heli Skiing in Kamchatka tour is available on enquiry basis.
Please get in touch with our Destination Managers and they will put together a holiday of a lifetime for you.
Standard Package Include:
• transfers and transportation
• accommodation (twin / double) in the city and in the mountain lodge (dorms)
• breakfasts and dinners in the guesthouse, breakfasts and dinners in the touristic lodge; lunches on routes
• snowmobiles services
• guide's services
• interpreter's services
• processing of documents necessary for migratory services and Federal Security Service in Russia
• professional photographer's services
• set of qualitative photos and videos to each group participant
• rent of the avalanche and special equipment (beeper, probe, shovel, avalanche backpack)
• helicopter Mi-8 flight time (8 hours)
• entrance fee to the Museum of Volcanoes
Package Does Not Include:
• domestic flight tickets (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• rent of individual equipment: skis/ snowboards;
• barlift/chairlift tickets;
• entrance fee in the swimming pool;
• lunches in the town.
Journey to Kamchatka
You will fly to Moscow and further on to Petropavlovsk, the capital of Kamchatka. The longest domestic flight of the world takes about 8 hours. At the airport you will be picked up for the transfer to the hotel. The drive takes about 30 minutes.
Snow Conditions, Best time of the year
Winter on Kamchatka lasts from October to May with easily 8 to 10 meters of snow. The volcanoes normally offer ideal snow conditions for heliskiing from March to May. However, heliskiing on Kamchatka is not always powder. It means skiing in untouched snow, which also may be quite bad: wind pressed, wet and heavy. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee good snow and nice weather.
On your first day on Kamchatka we get you acquainted with the skiing operation and provide safety equipment for deep snow skiing. Further there will be an obligatory introduction on heliskiing with our heli guides. The instruction includes amongst others: your attitude while heliskiing, safety rules in connection with helicopter flights, the use of safety equipment.
To which region you are flying to and on which altitude you will be landing depends on the physical ability and skiing skills of the group as well as on the snow and weather conditions. Safe skiing is required of each participant for the partly spectacular ski runs. We wish to stress that it is not our goal to collect as many vertical meters as possible, but rather to experience this marvellous region of Kamchatka. Per day you usually do 6 to 10 ski runs. However, how many ski runs and vertical meters you will do depends on your and the group's skills.
The climate varies from 'moderate oceanic' at the coast to 'distinct continental' in the central parts of the peninsula. It is influenced by the cyclones of the Japanese Sea and the Yellow Sea. The central part of the peninsula - the Central Valley with the Kamchatka River - shows the most climatic contrasts.
It is possible for the Helicopter to land next to the base in the mountains, but not next to the hotel in the city.
Heliski Area, Terrain
There are numerous ski runs of various degrees of difficulty and lengths. All heliski runs are between 3000 m above sea level and sea level in the midst of volcanoes. The highest volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka culminating at 4750 m. The vertical difference ranges up to 2200 m, the average ski-runs having 1000 m. Wide and open slopes, easy to difficult skiruns, flat to steep slopes as well as extreme terrain will suit everyone. Some ski runs go through light forests and across glaciers. The size of the area is limited only by helicopter flight range and heliskiers ability.
All snowboarders who master their board in any terrain are welcome. The area is well suited for snowboarders, because most of the ski runs are in wide and open terrain.
We always try to arrange the groups for your utmost skiing satisfaction, taking care of skills, ski/snowboard freaks looking for full-blast extreme ski-runs as well as more relaxed skiers/boarders who also want to enjoy more time to marvel at scenery and take pictures.
Helicopter flight time and Refund Policy
Heliskiing on Kamchatka does not base on a vertical guarantee but on flight time. Flight time means the time during which the engine of the helicopter runs. If the included helicopter flight time is exceeded, costs of the additional hours will be divided by the number of participants. Refund is given for the inability to fly due to bad weather or mechanical breakdown. The time not flown will be refunded. Working on flight hours allows us the highest flexibility. On a good heliskiing day we ski between 6000 and 8000 m of altitude difference and need around 2:30 flight hours. The flight hours included in the package correspond to the average flight time usually needed for a week with variable weather and/or snow conditions.
With perfect weather and best snow conditions the effective flight time can be 20% up to 40% higher according to our experience over the last years.
No refunds are granted for the inability to fly due to illness, injury, lack of physical ability, downgrading as a result of inadequate skiing skills, delayed arrival or other reasons beyond the responsibility of the operator. Flight hours can not be transferred to other participants.
All decisions to fly and to ski are taken upon actual or predicted weather, snow conditions and risk of avalanche. The heli guides and pilots reserve the right to restrict or deny skiing at any time. As a client you accept and agree to abide by all decisions made by our heli guides and pilots. This policy is designed for your own safety and skiing enjoyment.
Bad Weather Program
If weather conditions do not allow heliskiing on certain days, you can ski in the lift area of three little ski resorts with ski-runs from about 400 m a.s.l. to sea level, close to Petropavlovsk. To take a relaxing bath in a hot spring is another tempting option. Or you can visit the museum in Petropavlovsk, where you will be familiarised with the way of life on Kamchatka peninsula. Also a visit to the local market is worthwhile.
Requirements, Getting ready for heliskiing
The most important is your physical fitness. You may face difficult snow conditions. When weather and snow conditions allow, you go for the ultimate skiing experience! But please take into account that conditions can change very quickly and can get difficult. We recommend preparing yourself at best for this trip. You have not to be a professional but a good all-terrain skier and you have to be able to keep your skis under control in any terrain and snow condition.
The MI8 is known in many countries as a good and reliable helicopter. It is powered by two turbo-engines. The helicopter is flown by two pilots, which means extra safety.
Our guides are local professionals who know the area better than anyone else, as they grew up here.
It is our top priority to ensure you safe heliskiing enjoyment, and we do our best to this end. Every heliskier or off-piste skier is equipped with an avalanche transceiver and an avalanche airbag system. As you already know, you will receive this equipment with instructions as to its use on your first day. For your safety it is absolutely necessary to follow the instructions of the heli guides. We do everything to provide maximum safety, however a residual risk remains.
All groups are in constant radio contact with one another and with helicopters, thus making help possible in the shortest time in case of emergency. All heli guides carry first-aid-kits, and additional rescue and medical equipment is carried and deposited in the helicopters.
Release of Claims and Waiver of Liability
Any claims proceeding from sports activities included in this package are explicitly released. With your booking you recognize the dangers inherent to high mountains. Even a highly qualified guide is not infallible, when confronted with extreme mountain wilderness conditions out of control. The top priority for the guides is to minimize the risks.
All helicopter flights are taken at your own risk. Insurances for helicopter flights are not included in the program. No claims as to damage resulting from heliskiing or snowboarding or other sports activities will be accepted. Prior to heliskiing all guests are required to sign a waiver of liability. By signing it you acknowledge the release of all claims against tour operator or heli guide. You will receive a waiver sample with the confirmation of booking. You may also request a copy prior to booking.
No insurance at all, also for helicopter flights, is included. Please pay attention to the "Release of Claims and Waiver of Liability" provisions. Health and accident insurances with "worldwide" coverage are the responsibility of each participant. A travel insurance or membership in your national air ambulance service for quick repatriation in case of emergency is recommended.
Ski and Snowboard Equipment
We highly advise on bringing your own ski equipment/ snowboard, but it is possible for the guests to rent it on in Kamchatka. We would need to know about that in advance to see if this can be arranged.
No vaccinations are required for entry in Russia. Generally are recommended: vaccination against tetanus/diphtheria (combined) and infantile paralysis.
Petropavlovsk to C.E.T. (Central European Time)
+11 hours during winter time
+10 hours during summer daylight saving time
Visa, Entry Procedures
For your entry in Russia you need a visa and a passport valid at least six months after your return and with two empty pages for the visa. We will assist you to apply for your visa.
For operational reasons we kindly ask you to book early. The number of participants is limited. You can book by e-mail, phone or written. Please also send us a copy of your passport together with your booking enquiry.
If included flight time is exceeded, the surcharge is RUR 28000 per hour and per person based on a group of 12 participants. With fewer participants, the surcharge per person is adjusted accordingly. Refunds are given at the rate of RUR 20000 per participant and per full flight hour not flown. We always try to arrange the groups for your utmost skiing satisfaction and taking care of skills. All our guests are staying in a very cosy guest house "Bay House" with a stunning view of the Avacha Bay, homemade breakfasts and sauna. In the mountains, guests are staying in our base camp with hot thermal pool.