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GEORGIA

Georgia can be found between the Great Caucasus Mountains (in the north) and the Small Caucasus (in the south). It is a land of unbelievable and breathtaking natural treasures. Its shores are washed by the Black Sea In the west; the mountains in the north reach 5000 meters heights. Georgia has the sea, steppes, canyons, mountains, glaciers... Georgians are an extremely hospitable nation; their cuisine is exquisite and wine, especially red, superb. After a day's freeride there is nothing better than having a nice evening with friends, savouring the taste of the national dish of chatschapuri and enjoying a glass of outstanding Saperavi wine.

However, the most important thing for us is that the mountains in winter are abundant with excellent snow which ensures equally excellent conditions for Heliski. It usually starts snowing in December but ideal heli conditions first appear at the end of January. By then the weather gets better and the period of sunny Caucasian days begins. The snow cover reaches 3-5 meters.

The Caucasian slopes are not as long as for example those in Uzbekistan; their superelevation is around 1000-1200 meters. Yet they are steeper and they provide amazing views of Caucasian 4-5000 meters tall mountains.

A centre of freeride and helisky is situated in the Gudauri resort which lies 2000 m above sea level. It is situated approximately 80 km from the capital city of Tbilisi. For those devoted to freeride skiing or boarding it is an absolute heaven. The lifts start at 2000 m and go all the way to 3500 m and besides two narrow stripes of pistes everything around is 100% freeride. One can have tremendous fun here even if the weather is not good enough to fly. Moreover, our hotel is situated directly at the lower cable-cabin station.



KAMCHATKA

Kamchatkan Peninsula lies at the very eastern end of Russia. Till the beginning of the 1990s Kamchatka was a part of a military zone; therefore it was virtually inaccessible both to foreigners and the natives. Owing to this fact, the beauties of the landscape were preserved in its almost intact entirety. Rivers swarm with thousands of salmons; caviar is as common a dish there as a roast chicken is in Europe. Endless forests of the peninsula full of bears, deer and sundry game are a paradise for hunters from all over the world. However, the most dominant feature of Kamchatka are its volcanoes. Such a concentration of both active and dead volcanoes is hard to find anywhere in the world. This, together with a vast amount of superamazing snow, provides ideal conditions for HELISKI.

The Kamchatkan Peninsula is washed by the waves of the Pacific Ocean and the Ochotian Sea which provide it with enough rain/snowfall; winters with 10 meters of snow cover are not exceptional here. The freeride season begins in December. The best weather conditions, however, come in March. Most importantly the region provides downhill skiing of all categories and levels which makes it a perfect destination for both professional skiers and total freeride beginners.

The centre of the region is the town Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij from where you can reach every potential skiing location (either by car or by helicopter). The best conditions for heliski can be found in the southern of the three main resorts. There, at the foothills of Viljuchiski volcano lies the ski base of Radnikovaja. A Very rich palette of freeriding is being offered in this region. Going down Viljuchevskij, Mutnovskij Gorelyj and other volcanoes; skiing on the steep, sparsely forested slopes descending directly to the shores of the Pacific Ocean or going down the crater of a volcano, which is only possible here, in Kamchatka.



KYRGYZSTAN

Kyrgyzstan is one of the most mountainous countries in the world. 90% of its territory is covered in mountains. In the north it is the Tien-Shan Mountains, in the east it is the Pamiro-Altaj. The tallest peak, Pik Pobeda, reaches 7439 m and it is one of the highest mountains in the world.

Kyrgyzstan is situated in the very heart of Central Asia. The capital city is Bischkek (formerly Frunze). The climate is strongly continental with warm summers and very cold winters. The only exception are the surroundings of the second largest alpine lake in the world – Issyk-kul lake. Winter temperatures in its vicinity are markedly higher; the amount of rain/snowfall in this part of the Tien-Shan Mountains is much higher than in the rest of the country.

It is in this very area, 10 km from the town of Prevalsk, in the Tersky Ridge Mountains, where the Karakol ski base can be found. It is an ideal location for helisky in Kyrgyzstan. It lies in 2500 m above sea level and directly next to it there is a lower station of a cable-cabin which goes all the way up to the Tien-Shan ridges with breathtaking views of the 5000 m tall mountains of Terskeje. There is also Pik Karakolskij, Djigit and Oguz-Baschi with their beautiful cliffs and colossal glaciers. Indeed, here in the Tien-Shan Mountains a man truly becomes a part of nature...

The skiing season starts in November and goes on till the end of May. However, an ideal time for heliski in Kyrgyzstan comes in February. The snow is light and there is at least 2-3 meters of it, but most notably the spring sun is starting to shine and with it comes the stable weather. Temperatures are around 0-5°C.



UZBEKISTAN

Uzbekistan is a country situated in Central Asia between the rivers of Amudarja and Syrdarja. Its territory is spreading from the Ust-Jurt Plateau in the west to the first foothills of the Tien-Shan and the Pamiro-Altay mountains in the east. Uzbekistan has around 25 millions inhabitants.

The climate is strongly continental with extremely hot and dry summers when temperature can climb up to over 40°C and rather cold winters. In the mountains winter temperatures may drop as low as -20°C.

It is snowing the most in December and January. A winter snow cover of 2–4 meters is not unusual. What’s amazing about the snow is its quality. Because of the extremely dry air of continental Asia the snow stays light and powder-like even if the sun is out and the weather is relatively warm.

The best conditions for Heliski come at the turn of February and March when it is snowing less and the temperatures are around 0°C.

The best freeride locations in Uzbekistan are on the western foothills of the Tien-Shan Mountains. The best area lies around 80 km northeast of the capital city of Taschkent. It comprises the Psemsky and Chatkala rigs. Most of the freerides begin in 3500 meters above sea level and their maximum superelevation reaches 2 km, which is a wonder very hard to find in the rest of the world. Below these magnificent rigs at the shores of the Charvacki dam approximetly in 900 meters above sea one can find a hotel resort Charvak-pyramids which is, ever since it’s opening 6 years ago, serving as a base for our Heliski.



 
 
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