A WILD WORLD, FROSTED BY THE COLD, SURROUNDED BY STUNNING SLOPES

Heliski Russia invites you to share a new adventure, meeting you in southwestern Siberia. Experience the beginning of winter with a 7-day program off the beaten track. Fir trees and cedars have put on their white coats and the generous layer of powder covering the mountains is waiting just for you!

CONQUERING THE SIBERIAN FOREST

“The Pearl of Siberia” is Lake Baikal’s nickname. As an important emblem of Russia, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the oldest and deepest lake in the world.
The lake’s spectacular dimensions – 600 km length and 1700 meters depth – act as an inland sea, creating the favorable conditions for perfect snow.
The deep lake water evaporates before the surface freezes and the mist drifts to the banks, meeting the legendary Siberian cold. The magic of nature then takes over, covering the surrounding mountains with a very light powder, even at low altitudes.

Get your ski jacket and hat packed and ready but don’t wait to discover this crystal clear snow in the heart of the taiga. Incredible sensations and magical slopes will quickly warm you up, we promise!

Useful information for your trip

GEAR

Suitable skis (fat or freeride skis) that have been properly prepared (edges sharpened, freshly waxed, bindings correctly adjusted, etc.) will ensure you get the best from your trip. In addition to this obvious advice, we have drawn up a list of things you will need to pack.

PRACTICAL TIPS

Depending on where we are, it won’t always be easy to find a pharmacy. Here are a few things you might like to pack in order to avoid minor irritations. We can help you out if you forget something, but it is better if you yourself have what you need.

CLIMATE & TIME DIFFERENCE

According to the Köppen-Geiger classification, the Arkhyz region has a humid continental climate (type Dfb), whose defining characteristic is the conflict between polar and tropical air masses. As a result, the area receives abundant precipitation and has relatively mild temperatures. The contrast between the quantities of snow that fall and the mildness of the climate is a great surprise for skiers. Between January and March, temperatures vary between -5°C and +5°C.

TIME DIFFERENCE
Paris – Moscow: +2 hours (10 am in Paris is 12 noon in Moscow)
Moscow – Mineralnye Vody: no time difference

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND VISAS

How to obtain a visa for Russia.
Foreigners wishing to visit Russsia must first obtain a visa. In order to obtain a tourist visa for Russia, you must fulfil a number of administrative requirements. Visa applicants must: Hold a valid passport that will be valid for at least six months after the end of their stay. The passport must have two adjacent empty pages to which the Russian visa will be affixed. If your passport does not meet these criteria, you will have to apply for a new passport (in this case, don’t forget to allow for the time needed to receive your new passport).

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Other activities are available if the weather is not good enough for the helicopters to fly; however, some of these activities will involve extra cost.

AIR TRAVEL

The following information is provided as a guide only.
Flight details are taken from the current schedule of daily flights with Aeroflot (http://www.aeroflot.ru/ru-en) and Air France.

It is up to you to choose the airline with which you would like to fly and the flights you would like to take.
We would like to remind you that you must send us your flight details (for insurance purposes).