DRAMATIC SCENERY, EXPLORATION AND AWESOME DESCENTS
Heliski Russia has devised three different ways of exploring an exceptional corner of the world: the 370,000 km² of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The common denominator of these 7-day trips? Unforgettable days’ skiing in a spectacular, untamed landscape, an infinite variety of descents and nights at a comfortable, European-standard, 3-star hotel.
Where skiing is a different world…
Kamchatka is a land of extremes.
This volcanic peninsula on the western edge of Siberia, between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk, is part of the “Ring of Fire”.
Off-limits as a military zone for many years, Kamchatka was opened up to tourists in 1992.
In this otherworldly place you will find a truly unspoilt wilderness whose exceptional qualities were recognized by UNESCO in 1996 when the area was added to the list of World Heritage sites. The area’s human population is very small (0.7 people per km2) but it is home to a rich and varied fauna – you may even get to see its famous brown bears.
For heli-skiers this is one of the world’s must-visit destinations. Its location on the edge of the Pacific Ocean means it has abundant, high-quality snow and the scenery is truly spectacular.
You will ski from the tops of volcanoes (including the giants: Mutnovsky, 2322 m, and Vilyuchinsk, 2173 m) down to fjords…
Useful information for your trip
Before setting off for Kamchatka, you will have to sharpen your edges, wax your bases and get ready to ski “wide and long”. In addition to this bit of advice from Marco, we have drawn up a detailed list of things you will need to bring.
Arriving at the Antarius Hotel in Paratunka is a bit like arriving at the end of the world. 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 bring what you need.
CLIMATE & TIME DIFFERENCES
Kamchatka’s climate is a mixture of continental and oceanic influences. The peninsula is subjected to winds from the Arctic, Pacific influences and warm air from the Sea of Okhotsk. Winter temperatures range between -5°C and -30°C, depending on where you are. The north has a Siberian climate, whereas the south, where we ski, is much more temperate. Mean winter temperatures at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky are around -10°C.
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).
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). 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).