04.04. – 11.04.2019
with Garhammer Ski Tours
A real adventure and maybe as well a highlight of your skiing career!
Even if you already know all the top skiing areas in the Alps, you will be over the moon when you go Skiing on Kamchatka. The helicopter will drop you off high up on the top of lonely volcanoes. The ski enjoyment is incomparable and the ultimate in skiing: virgin slopes, a marvellous landscape and sometimes you even reach sea level. The average run per flight goes over 1200vertical meters. Winters on Kamchatka are quite long (from October until May) with up to 10m of snow. For this reason you need to be prepared fo any kind of snow condition, from powder snow to snow with a breakable crust and wet snow.
Where is Kamchatka ?
The peninsula Kamchatka lies in the far northeast of Russia, between 62nd and 51st degree of latitude, i.e. it ranges – converted into Europe from Rejkjavik to Brussels. The peninsula is about 1’400 km long and 450 km wide and is bounded by the Sea of Okhotsk in the west, by the Pacific Ocean in the east and by the Strait of Bering in the north. It is connected to continental Russia only by a narrow headland. With an area of about 472’300 km2 Kamchatka is a little bigger than Germany and Austria together.
Kamchatka could conserve its exceptional nature as a result of isolation for decades. It is dominated by an extensive number of volcanoes. 30 active and over a hundred extinct volcanoes formed the peninsula and its inhabitants. Two large volcanic ranges run to the north, divided by the Central Valley and the Kamchatka River. The older and less active mountain range, the Central Range, covers the central and western part of Kamchatka and reaches an altitude between 1000 and 2000 m. Between the Central Range and the Sea of Okhotsk you find an area without forest on an altitude of 600-700 m, the tundra. The younger, active mountain range runs from the south along the pacific coast to the north. It contains immense volcanoes, partly over 4000 m high and connected with each other by ridges or plateaus.
Friday Flight to Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky Saturday Arrival at Petropavlovsk, transfer to the hotel (approx. 30 minutes), reception, information, safety instructions, arranging of groups, begin heliskiing Kamchatka Sunday to Friday 6 days of heliski in different regions. We will choose the best descents, areas and snow conditions for you. If the conditions are good, you have the possibility to do ski runs of 2000 vertical meters and more.Hotel. SaturdayTransfer from hotel to the airport, flight back to Europe, arrival the same day.
On your first day on Kamchatka we get you ac-quainted with the skiing operation and provide safety equipement for deep snow skiing. Further there will be an obligatory introduction on heliskiing with our heli guides. The Instruction includes amongst others: your actions while heliskiing, safety rules in connection with helicopter flights, the use of safety equipement e.g. avalanche transceiver and ABS avalanche airbag system. Also the ski groups will be arranged.
A Heliski Day:
To which region you are flying to and on which altitude you will be landing depends as well on the physical ability and skiing skills of the group as on the snow and weather conditions. Secure skiing is required for the partly spectacular ski runs. We want to point out, that by this kind of heliski it is Not the 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.
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 heliskiruns are Between 3000m above sea level and sea level in the midst of volcanoes. The highest volcano is Klyuchevskaya Skopa with an elevation of 4750m. The vertical difference ranges to 2200m, the average ski-runs having 1000m. Wide and open slopes, easy to difficult ski-runs, 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.
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. The regulation concerning flying hours gives us the highest flexibility. We get about 6000 and 8000 m altitude difference on a good heliskiing day and we need therefore around 2,5 hours. The flight time which is included in the package corresponds to the minimal flight time, required more or less although the weather and or snow conditions are not optimal. In perfect weather and with the best snow conditions the real flight time is according to experience about 20 to 40 % higher. No refunds are given for the inability to fly due to illness, injury, lack of physical ability, downgrading as a result of inadequate skiing skills or other reasons beyond the responsibility of the operator. All decisions to fly and to ski are based upon current 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.
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
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 alternative. Or you can visit the museum in Petro-pavlovsk, where you will be familiarised with the way of life of Kamchatka. Also a visit to the local market is worthwhile.
Requirement, 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.
Helicopters, Pilots, Flight Engineers:
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. You can be sure that the helicopters are flown by very experienced pilots and serviced by competent flight engineers.
Mountain / Heli Guides:
All heli guides are qualified mountain guides and members of the International Mountain Guides Association and coming from Western Europe. In addition a local safety guide will accompany each group.
Release of Claims and Waiver of Liability: Any claims proceeding from sports activities included in this package are explicitly released. Through booking this you recognize the dangers inherent to high mountains. Even a highly qualified guide is not infallible, when confronted with ex-treme mountain wilderness conditions out of con-trol. 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 this 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 the holder. A travel insurance or membership in your national air ambulance service for quick repatriation in case of emergency is recommended.
Performance & Price:
– professionelle ALPIN TRAVEL Heliguides
– 6 days heliskiing
– including 8 Heli flight hours ( ca. 30.000hm)
– Group size 6 participants / 1 Heliguide
– 2 groups per helicopter
– all transfers on Kamchatka
– 7 nights at the 4-Star Hotel in a double room with bath/shower/toilet – breakfast and dinner at the hotel / lunch boxes
– Safety equipment: avalanche transceiver, ABS backpack, probe, shovel – offical invitation ( necessary for a russian visa)
Price : € 6.850,– ( without flight )
Single room supplement: 390,– €
Airline ticket to Petropavlovsk in economy on request.
– Flight to Petropavlovsk
‘- Additional flight hours (heliskiing)
– Visa for Russia
– Rental ski
– Excursions and activities outside the program
– Single room supplement
Visa, Entry Procedures:
For your entry in Russia you need a visa and a passport valid at least six months after your return date and with two free pages for the visa. We will assist you to apply for your visa.
Privat Groups 4 persons:
You can book as well as a private group. We will provide you a helicopter with guides. It is an advantage if the group members skiing level is about the same.
Price per person from/to Petropavlovsk 4 persons 15.800,– Euro;
5 persons 13.100,–,– Euro;
6 persons 11.300,– Euro
Stopover program in Moscow: Ask for our offer
Time Difference: Petropavlovsk = MEZ plus 10 hours (wintertime)
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.
The hotel Bel-Kam-Tour is located outside of Petropavlovsk and is rated as 4* category. All of the 43 rooms are equipped with shower, bath, toilet and TV.
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 can be found in helicopters
The organizer is ”ALPIN TRAVEL”, Walenstadt (Switzerland). The organizer also provides the local guides.
All bookings are made with Garhammer Ski Tours, they will be forwarded to the organizer ALPIN TRAVEL. Confirmations, payments, travel cancellation insurances etc. will be processed by ALPIN TRAVEL.
Terms of Payment Upon booking, an advance payment of € 2,000,- will be due within 10 days following the booking. The remaining amount of the total price is due for payment at least 60 days before departure. Flights have to be paid immediately upon booking.
Cancellation & Prices Any cancellation must be in written form. Up to 91 days before departure, the cancellation fee amounts to CHF 600, – (€ 500,-) per person. For short-term cancellations, following conditions apply (percentage of total price):
89-50 days before departure 25 % 49-30 days before departure 50 % 29-08 days before departure 75% 07-00 days before departure 100 %.
Prices and data are subject to changes (status 30 April 2019).