Heliskiing on Kuril Islands

Riding level
beginner, intermediate, advanced
Group size
1 — 8
1 hour per day
Russia, 694550



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The program includes heliskiing on the following volcanoes: Viluchinskiy (1273m), Avachinskiy (2741m), Aag (2310m), Arik (2300m), Mutnovskiy (2323m), Zhupanovskiy (2932m). Skiing down to the Bolshe-Bannie hot springs valley, to the Pacific Ocean shore or to the active volcano crater is also possible.

We will visit Shumshu island. There is an abandoned Japanese airfield. You can see here the traces of World War II. There are many military installations left by the Japanese: pillboxes, tank ditches, warehouses. Remains of tanks and diverse planes, air bombs, shells and cartridges are thrown about the island. The island is pitted of funnels of bombings.

We will heliski on the Onekotan island which name is derived from the Ainu language: Onne kotan where onne is ''old, large'', kotan is ''village''. The area is 425 км². There are active volcanoes, which are located in the calderas of older volcanoes. Krenitsyn volcano (1324 meters) is located in the south, in Tao-Rusyr Caldera. Nemo Peak (1019 meters) is in the north part of the island.

The island is almost covered with dwarf Siberian pine and alder-cedar elfin. The height of the trees reaches 2-4 meters. There are many species of berries in fall: crowberry, blueberry, cloudberry. The biggest animal is a fox, but also there are many small rodents. Seals and sea lions frisk near the coastline.

Krenitsyn volcano is the biggest volcano within a volcano in the world. The volcano is encircled by the waters of the deepest freshwater lake on the Russian islands. The maximum depth fixed by scientists is 264 meters. Apparently this depth is not a limit for Koltsevoe lake. A diameter of the huge caldera is more than 7 km. A height of the walls reaches 500 meters above lake level. 



Day 1

  • 10:00 Arrival at Elizovo airport (30 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky)
  • 11:00 Transfer to a helipad (about 30 min)
  • 12:00 Helicopter transfer to the Snow Valley lodge (near Viluchinskiy volcano), about 15 min
  • Accommodation at Talo and Mois cottages
  • Acclimatization, rest in hot springs
  • Main instructions in safety measures, heliskiing rules etc.
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 2

  • 9:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Take-off to the heliskiing areas
  • 18:00 Return to the Snow Valley lodge
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Rest, hot springs

Day 3

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 Flight to the Ozernaya River
  • Landing in the most utmost airport of the south of Kamchatka, helicopter refueling
  • Flight to Shumshu island (about 30 minutes) – a place of Japanise landing operation
  • Lunch on the route
  • We will overfly such active volcanoes as Chikurachki (1 816m) and Fuss Peak (1 772m) that are located on the Paramushir island
  • Ovenight at guest house

Day 4

  • 8:00 breakfast
  • 9:30 Flight to Onekotan island that is uninhabited nowadays
  • Landing near Chernoe lake, foot of Nemo Peak
  • Lunch
  • Heliskiing from Krenitsyn volcano that is located within Koltsevoe lake
  • Landing in different points is possible
  • Return to the guest house
  • Dinner

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Flight to Alaid volcano (2 339m), the most northern and the highest volcano of Kuril islands about 45 minutes on the way
  • Heliskiing
  • Lunch on the route
  • At request a helicopter can land on an island opposite to Fuss and Chikurachki with a beautiful panoramic view of these volcanoes
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Flight to an airport near Ozernaya river, helicopter refueling
  • Flight to Khodutka and Ksudach volcanoes
  • Heliskiing
  • Lunch, rest in hot springs
  • 19:00 Return to the Snow Valley lodge
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • Rest, Russian banya (on request)

Day 7

  • Rest at the Snow Valley lodge
  • Snowmobiling (on request)

Day 8

  • 9:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Transfer to the airport
  • Return flight to Moscow


– Accommodation at Snow Valley lodge: Talo and Mois cottages

– Accommodation at the guest house on the heliskiing days

– 12 helicopter hours (MI-8MTV)

– Meals – full board

– All group transfers included in program. All additional requests for transportation are paid separately

– Professional guides

– Leading guide – Maxim Balakhovskii

– Cook on all the routes

– Insurance

Not included

– Air tickets, all airport taxes

– Emergency evacuation fee

– Visa and other consular service

– Individual transfer

– Individual menu (drinks and meals not included to the group menu)

– Additional expenses caused by bad weather conditions, airport time-table changes, equipment breakage, illness etc

– Luggage exceeding fee

– Rental of equipment required for trips not included in the program

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- English

- Russian



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