Arkhyz 6-day heliskiing trip, Greater Caucasus


A great heliskiing trip in Arkhyz, a small hidden paradise in the Caucasus mountain range in Southern Russia. Enjoy the incredible powder of this area along with IFMGA certified guide Marco.

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6 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar


I invite you to join me on a unique 6-day heliskiing trip in Arkhyz, a small hidden paradise in the Caucasus Mountains, in Southern Russia. This incredible tour combines skiing on fantastic slopes, amazing powder and accommodation in a historic house of the former URSS government.

We will enjoy great skiing in alpine terrain during the day, under the giant peaks of the Caucasus, and return every day to our comfortable accommodation, the Datcha Gorbachev, an imposing and opulent stone house with spacious rooms hidden at the heart of ancient pines. This was actually a former state residence, used by the first president of the USRR Mikhail Gorbachev.

Arkhyz is a village in the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, in Greater Caucasus, about 70 km from the Black Sea coast. The quality of the snow is truly remarkable at this altitude. We are able to enjoy abundant snow here thanks to the proximity of the Caspian and Black Sea.

We take a group of 6 people on this trip, with 2 guides, in order to ensure the best experience for you. It will be 5 incredible days of skiing with 11 hours of helicopter flight time.

We will enjoy maximum comfort at the Dacha, surrounded by history. The helicopter will be in the garden of the house, allowing an easy departure and landing every day. An Ecureuil B3, the star of mountain helicopters, will give us access to the most steep and remote places in the mountains.

If you want to join me on this unique trip in Arkhyz, just send me a request and book your spot! I will be happy to be your guide during these heliskiing adventure in Russia. I also guide another great heliskiing trip in Mount Elbrus. Check it out!


Day 1: Arrival at Mineralnye Vody Airport

SUNDAY. Arrival at Mineralnye Vody Airport.  We’ll be waiting for you and transfer on a private bus to the hotel (3 hours). Welcome at the hotel with a drink and lunch.

Day 2 to 6: Heliskiing

MONDAY TO FRIDAY. In the first morning we’ll have a safety procedure briefing. On Friday afternoon, transfer to a hotel in Mineralnye Vody. Last dinner with a member of the team.

Day 7: Transfer to Mineralnye Vody Airport




5 nights at the Datcha Gorbachev Hotel and 1 night in Myneralnye Vody in a hotel ***, in a double room. The Datcha Gorbachev is an opulent and imposing stone house, hidden in the heart of ancient pines. Actually, it is a former state residence, called "dacha" (meaning second home) in Russian, which belonged to the first president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev. It was here that the reunification of the two Germanies was negotiated in 1990, between Helmut Kohl and Mikhail Gorbachev. A quaint charm emerges from the place and you can still feel the spirit of the Soviet elite here. The meals are prepared by the cook of the Datcha.

More info

We take groups of 6 people (2 guides) . HELICOPTER The helicopters are Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil and AérospatialeSA 315B Lama, single-turbine. They can carry 4 people plus a guide and they are of recent construction and offer all the necessary security guarantees. They are revised and maintained strictly according to international maintenance procedures.

FLIGHT TIME In contrast to other Heli-ski companies who base their flight time on the vertical meters skied, we prefer to base our calculations on actual flight time. Not only is this method better for you, closer to the reality of the costs, but it also allows us freedom to adapt our program depending on conditions, giving us the possibility to explore the best sites. So a good day will give you 7000 to 10000 meters of vertical descent for around 2h30 of flight time! The flight time allocated for each trip is based on the average number of hours used throughout each trip during the season. If the weather conditions do not allow you to use all these hours, we will reimburse them to you.


About the guide

I have been a mountain guide for almost 20 years. But I'm not only a guide...
The mountain is the thread of my life. I am a member of the Chamonix Guides Company, ski instructor and teacher for many years at ENSA (National School of Ski and Alpinism), I am very experienced in the mountains. My experience is multifaceted since I partake in varied projects, as a trainer and first aider at the Chamoniarde de Secours (an association that contributes to the development of mountain safety and to promote alpine environment knowledge), technical supervisor of the freeride competitions organization, or safety advisor and rider in several freeride videos.
My favorite?... The Kamchatka, heliski's promised land. In 2005 I created a heliski agency in Russia, to share my passion organizing exceptional ski journeys.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 48866 Each

Group of 2

EUR 24433 Each

Group of 3

EUR 16289 Each

Group of 4

EUR 12217 Each

Group of 5

EUR 9774 Each

Group of 6

EUR 8145 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price includes: 5 days of skiing with private helicopter flights departing from the hotel (11 hours flight.); airport-hotel roundtrip transfers; access to all services of the hotel; breakfast, picnic with local specialties during the day in the mountains and evening meal; snacks are also provided (energy bars) and bottles of water are available during the day at the helicopter; safety equipment (ABS Airbag Backpack, Avalanche Victim Detector, Excavator, Probe). // The price does not include drinks and midday meals on days when we don't fly.



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