TRIP IN CAUCASUS – ARKHYZ
A HELI-SKIING PARADISE WITH PRECIPITOUS SLOPES
There is no need to travel halfway around the world to Alaska when you can come to this still secret place at the southern tip of Russia. Explore it with us and we will guide you through some magnificent skiing over alpine terrain, under the watchful eye of the Caucasus’ giant peaks.
But this trip offers more than great skiing; it also provides a taste of history, as evenings are spent at the Dacha Gorbachev, the second home of the USSR’s last president Mikhail Gorbachev.
If you are flying from Geneva, you can spend the night at the Novotel close to Moscow airport
VFlights from Paris to Moscow to Mineralnye Vody. One of our guides will meet you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in our bus (3-hour drive). Check in to the hotel, welcoming drink and lunch.
FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY
1st morning: safety and helicopter briefing, then heli-skiing.
FRIDAY, LATE AFTERNOON
Transfer from the hotel to Mineralnye Vody. Final dinner with a member of our team.
Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport. Flight home.
The helicopters will be single-turbine Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuils or Aérospatiale SA 315B Lamas, which are regularly used for winching, transport, rescue and special operations and, more recently, for heli-skiing. These helicopters can carry five people (including the guide), as well as the pilot. They were all built recently and meet all current safety standards. They are carefully serviced and maintained according to international procedures. .
FLYING TIME :
Unlike classic heli-ski companies, who bill flying time based on the vertical descent skied, we base our calculations on the actual amount of flying time. This method is not only more transparent and more in line with the true cost, it gives us the opportunity to adapt our programme to conditions and therefore explore the best areas in which to ski.
Hence, a good day will give us 7000 to 10,000 metres of vertical drop for around 2½ hours of flying time. The flying time indicated for each package is the average achieved on each trip. When the weather prevents us from flying all these hours, we will reimburse you the hours we do not fly.
The DACHA GORBACHEV, hidden amongst century-old pines, is an imposing but cosy country house. In fact, it was once a state residence that was used as a second home, or dacha in Russian, by the USSR’s last president, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was here that Gorbachev and the West German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, negotiated the reunification of Germany.
The rooms are spacious and luxuriously decorated. The house has an old-fashioned charm and you can still feel the influence of the Soviet elite in every corner.
Meals are prepared with loving attention by the dacha’s chef.
Breakfasts are taken at the hotel.
On heli-ski days, we provide picnic lunches based round a variety of ingredients. We also provide snacks (energy bars, etc.).
Bottles of water will be available in the helicopter throughout the day.
Evening meals are taken at the dacha. Meals are varied and based round mostly local ingredients, together with vegetables and dairy products, etc.
Reasonable quality wine (from South Africa or Chile) is available, but the most classic drinks are beer, champagne and vodka.
Other activities are available if the weather isn’t good enough for the helicopters to fly; however, some of these activities will involve extra cost.
- RESORT SKIING
The ski resort is located 15 minutes by minibus from La Datcha.
Organisation : One of the guides creates a group and coordinates the activity. Equipment: Your standard ski equipment.
Cost : Organisation & supervision are free – ski lifts at your own expense.
- VISIT OF TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Byzantine temples, dolmens, observatory…
- SKI TOURING
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.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT :
- Ski boots
- Freeride skis suitable for powder (with touring bindings and skins, if you wish)
- Ski poles
- Ski helmet (recommended)
- All-weather ski goggles
- Sunglasses, sun cream, lick salve
- Gloves (2 pairs)
- Gore-Tex trousers and jacket
- Light fleece and thicker fleece (or down jacket)
- Technical base layers
- Ski socks
SAFETY EQUIPMENT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE :
- ABS airbag rucksack (large enough to contain spare clothing so you can adjust what you are wearing if the weather changes). You can also leave clothing in the helicopter during the day.
- Avalanche transceiver
- Probe & shovel
Your trip is from Sunday to Saturday.
You’ll be picked up by the Heliski Russia Team on your arrival at Mineralnye Vody Airport.
You should arrive in Mineralnye Vody on Sunday and leave Mineralnye Vody on the following Saturday.
TRAVEL FROM EUROPE
With a scheduled flight from Europe you transit via Moscow (SVO). Moscow is served daily by Aeroflot or Air France from France and Switzerland.
Aeroflot or Air Baltic from Sweden, Aeroflot from Germany and from the UK.
TRAVELLING FROM THE UNITED STATES
With a scheduled flight from the USA you transit via Moscow (SVO). Moscow is served by Aeroflot or Alaska Airlines from the east or west coast.
TRAVEL FROM MOSCOW
A daily internal flight is operated by Aeroflot from Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO), Terminal D to MineralnyeVody Airport (MRV).
PLEASE NOTE :
If possible, travel on Saturday and spend the night in Moscow before departing on Sunday to Mineralnye Vody.
We advise you to take the flight below, so that you don’t arrive too late at the lodge as you have a minimum of 3 hours transfer from Mineralnye Vody airport.
On Sunday, departure from SVO at 1:40 pm – arrival at MRV at 4:00 pm (flight SU 1312).
Air transport – Administrative procedures
Possibility to sleep at the Novotel Hotel near Moscow Airport when departing from Geneva.
Foreigners wishing to visit Russsia must first obtain a visa.
To obtain a tourist visa for Russia, you must hold a valid passport that will be valid for at least six months after the end of your stay. The passport must have two adjacent empty pages to which the Russian visa will be affixed.
You must also have certification of your repatriation insurance. You can take out this policy directly with Heliski Russia. However, it should be noted that most credit cards already include repatriation insurance if you use the card to pay for your flight ticket and your trip.
We’ll issue to you a voucher (a tourist invitation), which you’ll need for your visa as well as a passport photo of less than 3 months old.
For further information on administrative procedures, don’t hesitate to contact us.
As soon as your reservation is confirmed, we’ll send you a Travelers Booklet with all the information you’ll need to organise your trip.
PRICE : 8.000 € PER WEEK
|Arrival date||Departure date|
|10th january 2021||16th january 2021|
|17th january 2021||23rd january 2021|
|24th january 2021||30th january 2021|
|31st january 2021||6th january 2021|
|7th february 2021||13th february 2021|
|Arrival date||Departure date|
|14th february 2021||20th february 2021|
|21st february 2021||27th february 2021|
|28th february 2021||6th march 2021|
|7th march 2021||13th march 2021|
|14th march 2021||20th march 2021|
5 nights at the Dacha Gorbachev and 1 night in a 3-star hotel at Myneralnye Vody (based on 2 people sharing a double room).
Access to the sauna
Breakfasts, picnics (local specialties) on flying days, lunches and dinners
Flights in a Eurocopter Ecureuil B3 from the Datcha
Supervision by qualified mountain guides
Safety equipment (ABS airbag rucksack, avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel)
Round trip air travel from your home to Moscow and from Moscow to Myneralnye Vody
Lunches on non-flying days
Insurance (contact us for details)