WILD EAST DISCOVERY: LOCAL CULTURE AND VARIED DESCENTS
1 group of 12 people per MI-8 helicopter, 6 days’ skiing with 10 hours’ flying time (approx. 30,000 metres). You will fly and ski from north to south, looking for new descents and exploring the soul of Russia. Accommodation options are kept flexible, as they will be adapted to the programme from day to day.
Looking for adventure? Then, this ski safari is for you!
Kamchatka is incredibly vast. Our team has spent more than 15 years exploring the area’s slopes, but we still find new spots every year. Join them and you will roam the skies and slopes of this extraordinary land, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. From south to north, from the Kuril Islands to the 4750-m-high Klyuchevskaya Sopka, you will have the immense privilege of skiing in an unspoilt wilderness and of meeting local people. A combination of perfect ski descents and the chance to get to know an endearing culture.
The backdrop is the same, a wild and unspoilt environment, but each day is different thanks to our itinerant programme.
The itinerary covers a large part of the peninsula, giving you the opportunity to ski many different types of terrain (glaciers, coombes, forests).
As well as great skiing, you will also get a glimpse into Slavic culture.
From 15 to 22 March
From 22 March to 29 March
From 29 March to 5 April
From 5 to 12 April
From 12 to 19 April
From 19 to 26 April
From 26 April to 3 May
From 3 to 10 May
From 10 to 17 May
7 nights in a 3-star hotel based on two people sharing a double room (single room possible with a supplement)
Access to all the hotel’s facilities, sauna and heated (geothermal) swimming pool
Breakfasts, picnic lunches (local specialties) on days in the mountains and evening meals
Flights in a private helicopter, taking off from and landing at the hotel
Supervision by qualified mountain guides
Safety equipment (ABS airbag rucksack, avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel)
Return air travel from your home to Moscow and from Moscow to Petropavlovsk
Lunches on days we do not fly
Insurance (contact us for details)
Morning: Arrive at Petropavlovsk airport. One of our guides will meet you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in our private bus. Check-in to hotel, welcoming drink and lunch.
Afternoon: Safety and helicopter briefing
FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY
Transfer to Petropavlovsk airport. Homeward flight.
Possible changes to the itinerary
The programme outlined above will be followed whenever possible. However, it may be necessary to modify this programme before departure or during your holiday for reasons beyond our control, such as poor weather, dangerous snow conditions, the political situation, flying conditions, flight delays, etc.
A heli-skiing trip is an adventure in which not everything can be foreseen. Despite the care we take in preparing your trip and our extensive knowledge of the country and terrain, we can encounter difficulties. Heliski Russia will always do its best to make your trip unforgettable, but we must also ensure your safety. We will do everything we can to make sure you have a successful holiday and that you go home full of fantastic memories and the desire to ski with us again.
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.
Breakfast is taken at the hotel. On ski days we provide picnic lunches based round Kamchatka specialties. We also provide snacks (energy bars, etc.). Bottles of water will be available in the helicopter throughout the day. In the evening, you can either eat in the hotel or try some of the restaurants in Elizovo.
Meals are varied and based round mostly local products (sea food, salmon, soups, etc.), together with vegetables and dairy products. Reasonable quality wine (from South Africa or Chile) is available, but the most classic drinks are beer, champagne and vodka.