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Heli Skiing in Kamchatka
8 days, 7 nights from £6,543
Bucket list adventure for very good skiers
In the far east of Russia, situated between the Okhtsk Sea to the West and the Bering Sea to the east, the Kamchatka Peninsula is a remote and isolated land that is the size of Germany, Austria and Switzerland combined with a population of just 377,900 - 250,000 of whom live in the capital Petropavlovsk.
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!
- Introduction to Your Journey
- Your Itinerary
- Tour Departures and Prices
- What's Included & Booking Conditions
- Good to know
8 days Sunday to Sunday (from/to Petropavlovsk)
6 days of heli-skiing (Monday to Saturday)
8 guaranteed helicopter flight hours
Group size: 6 participants plus a professional Heli guide
2 groups per Helicopter
7 overnight stays in ****Hotel Bel-Kam- Tour
Today you arrive in Petropavlovsk, the capital of Kamchatka. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The transfer takes about 30 minutes. Meet the team and get kitted out. You will receive the safety equipment for the deep snow descents. Overnight stay at the Hotel Bel-Kam-Tour
Six full days of heli-skiing experience in different regions awaits you! We will select the best slopes and areas according to snow conditions. The altitude and the location will depend on the physical condition and skills of the participants as well as the snow and weather conditions. Important to remember: the heli-skiing is not about making as many descents as possible, but more about the fascinating landscape of Kamchatka. As a rule, 6 to 10 departures are planned per day. How many slopes and heights you want to go to depends on you and the group. Overnight stay at the Hotel Bel-Kam-Tour
Today your adventure comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast and dinner will be served at your hotel, for lunch you will receive a lunch box.
Departure 2018 prices
|DEPARTURE DATES 2018, |
|prices per person sharing from, |
|single room |
|4 TO 11 MARCH||6600.6 £||407.4 £|
|11 TO 18 MARCH||6600.6 £||407.4 £|
|18 TO 25 MARCH||6600.6 £||407.4 £|
|25 MARCH TO 1 APRIL||6600.6 £||407.4 £|
|1 TO 8 APRIL||6600.6 £||407.4 £|
|8 TO 15 APRIL||6600.6 £||407.4 £|
|15 TO 22 APRIL||6600.6 £||407.4 £|
- 8 guaranteed helicopter flight hours
- Professional ALPIN TRAVEL heli guides
- All transfers on Kamchatka
- 7 overnight stays in****Hotel Bel-Kam- Tour, double room standard
- Full board, breakfast and dinner at the hotel
- Box lunch
- Safety equipment: avalanche transceiver and ABS bag pack, shovel and probe
- Satellite phone
- Official invitation (required for Russian visa)
- Taxes and fees
Prices do not include
- Flight to/from Petropavlovsk
- Excess helicopter flight time
- Visa for Russia
- Ski or snowboard equipment
Deposit required on the tour: £2000 per person. Full payment is required no later than 60 days prior
to departure. The travel documents will be sent approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Any international flights added to the booking are payable immediately and are non-refundable.
A cancellation must be made in writing to Into Russia Ltd.
Up to 90 days prior to departure: GBP500 per person plus non-refundable flight tickets if applicable
89 - 50 days prior to departure 25 % of the holiday cost
49 - 30 days prior to departure 50 % of the holiday cost
29 - 08 days prior to departure 75 % of the holiday cost
07 - 00 days prior to departure 100 % of the holiday cost
For any changes of name, flight, travel date, the supplier reserves the right to charge a handling fee
of GBP 100 per person.
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 e.g. avalanche transceiver and ABS avalanche airbag system. Also the ski groups will be arranged.
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 close to the hotel.
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.
All heli guides are qualified mountain guides from the European countries and members of the International Mountain Guides Association.
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 recommend to bring along your own skis (width below binding at least 90 mm). Tis is a great advantage for heliskiing, you do not need to get used to rental skis, you profit of more safety while skiing and you enjoy truly great skiing. Please have your binding tested and controlled at a ski shop prior to departure.
We have a few rental skis available on-site:
Powderequipment (Type B)
Length 170 cm, dimension 143-100-125 mm
Length 180 cm, dimension 145-101-127 mm
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 either online, by e-mail, phone or written. Please also send us a copy of your passport together with your booking enquiry.
Good to know
If included flight time is exceeded, the surcharge is EUR 370 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 EUR 330 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.
The hotel Bel-Kam-Tour has 43 rooms which are equipped with shower/bath. There are also 4 thermal water pools and a night bar at the hotel.