THE ULTIMATE SNOWBOARD AND SKI ADVENTURE IN KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA
Join us as we head back to the land of volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and blue bird powder days in Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamchatka is about a nine-hour flight east of Moscow, somewhat northeast of Japan and just across the Bering Strait from Alaska. It is a vast and untamed wilderness full of hot springs and volcanoes, some extinct, some dormant and many still active. Known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ due to the hundreds of volcanoes, geysers and glaciers, Kamchatka is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as “one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world”.
Our tour includes 8 helicopter hours which works out to about 3 to 4 full days of heli-skiing and snowboarding. We’ll ride through hot spring valleys, to the shores of the Pacific Ocean and into active volcano craters. For any weather days, our heli-ski operation is backed up by snowmobile access to limit down-time.
This fully hosted tour is based at the Snow Valley Lodge which boasts natural thermal hot springs on-site and includes all meals for the week including an incredible snow crab feast on our final night of the tour. We have limited availability and always sell out months in advance.
Guest to Guide Ratio
6 guests : 1 guide
Advanced snowboarders & skiers with powder riding experience
Why Travel With Mint
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
Kamchatka is a vast and untamed land full of hot springs and volcanoes, some extinct, some dormant and many still active including; Viluchinskiy (1273m), Avachinskiy (2741m), Aag (2310m), Arik (2300m), Mutnovskiy (2323m), Zhupanovskiy (2932m).
Ski and snowboard approx 4-5 full days with a total drop of altitude of approx. 25 000 vertical meters. Heliski routes are chosen by the guides and depend on the group riding level, weather and snow conditions
Kamchatka is located on the Bering Strait but only 1600 kms north from Hokkaido meaning it scores similar 'Japan like' powder. When the storms roll in we head for the trees
Our accommodation includes natural thermal hot spring pools right at our doorstep along with traditional Russian steam room and saunas. In the evenings you'll sample local produce like Baltic Sea crab and caviar
Russia Heli Tour
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Located at the far eastern part of Russia, the 472,000 square km Kamchatka Peninsula is home to only 300,00 people making it one of the most remote places on Earth. The Kamchatka Heli Tour starts from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski the main entry point to Kamchatka from Moscow or Vladivostok. From here we drive for 30kms (via a local fish market) to our base at Snow Valley.
The Kamchatka Heli Tour includes 8 helicopter hours (around 5 full days of riding) totalling 25,000 vertical metres with extra vertical purchased once the limit has been reached. The terrain we ride is suited to intermediate to strong skiers and snowboarders with powder experience. Expect wide open slopes, some steeper pitches and an abundance of natural halfpipes to slash.
SNOW & CONDITIONS
Bitterly cold Arctic winds from Siberia combined with the
Ohotskoe Sea currents create storms that dump snow from October through late July (March is considered winter) with temperatures ranging from -5 to -15 celsius at nights. Snow storms happen once per 10-12 days so we are usually skiing and snowboarding powder on northern aspects and corn snow on southern aspects.
Throughout the tour we stay at Snow Valley Mountain Lodge, on the Kamchatka Peninsula, at the foot of Vilyuchinsky volcano. It’s a comfortable and modern heli-ski lodge, with all the amenities that you’d expect including, free wifi, hot springs, cinema, Russian bathhouse, ski lift, snowmobiles, ATV’s, restaurant and unique Russian service.
When we are on mountain, we keep our group size to a maximum of 6 people per guide for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder.
After you sign up for a tour, you will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. In addition to this, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
Meet your expert team
LOCAL GUIDES & PARTNERSHIPS
Your snowboard & ski guides have an in-depth knowledge of the local area, terrain and conditions. You can be assured we will always find you the best snow conditions available. Our goal is to get everybody on tour enjoying themselves and pushing your riding in a relaxed and fun environment.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 8 helicopter hours (about 3-4 full days of heliskiing with appr. 25 000 vertical meters)
- All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
- 7 nights accommodation, twin share
- Minimum two professional guides for each group; minimum 1 guide per 5-6 riders
- Group transfer to from airport on arrival and departure day
- Local guide for the entire tour, plus Mint guide on hand
- ABS backpack and cartridges
- Safety equipment – avalanche transceivers, shovels and probe
The Kamchatka, Russia Heli Tour is for 7 nights total. Ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.
WEEK 1 April, 2021 (dates TBC)
PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss options.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE
WHAT ABOUT VISAS?
Australian citizens must obtain a visa before entering Russia. Mint Tours can only assist with Russian Visa arrangements for Australian clients. For all other nationalities please consult your Mint Tours consultant for advice.
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. Your group will be made up mostly of solo travellers. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that Japan has to offer.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Due to the make and size of the Russian helicopter, it can hold a maximum of 12 people at a time, however, our group tour usually consists of 8 – 10 people. The heli operator can make up the numbers with local day tour skiers and riders.
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
This tour is best suited to skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse, hold speed and is adventurous when skiing and snowboarding the entire mountain including side-hits and jumps. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything.
WHICH RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
No resorts are ridden on the Kamchatka Heli Tour – only volcanoes.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season. If you have a preferred Mint guide, just let us know and we’ll be able to tell you which tours they are leading.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
HOW CAN I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.
HOW DO I GET TO KAMCHATKA?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport and where to meet your hosts. If it’s your fist time to Russia or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.
HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.
DO YOU TAKE SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS?
Yes! We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note only snowboard guides are on this tour.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Not required on this tour.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Kamchatka weather can range from heavy snowfalls, extremely cold clear nights and relatively warm spring days. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).
WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that Kamchatka has to offer.
PRICE PER PERSON
The Kamchatka, Russia Heli Tour is POA – per person
Please contact us if you would like a quote in your local currency. We can accept payments in USD, AUD, NZD, GBP, CHF, EUR, JPY, CAD.
RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 25% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE
If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our Russian Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.
2. OVER THE PHONE
Call us and follow the prompts to speak to one of our Russian Tour specialists.