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Heliskiing Russian Caucasus

We proudly present: Russia, helicopters, powder and Michail Gorbatschow.

We are setting the base for this exceptional Heliski trip to the small, beautiful village of Arkhyz, situated in the heart of the Russian Caucasus. This region is known for its mild climate and its many mineral springs, which are widely used for their therapeutic purposes. But we are here for a very different reason: Powder!

Due to the perfect location of Akhyz, right in the center of the central Caucasus, surrounded by its highest peaks and the most northern subtropical area in the world, the snow conditions are usually more than excellent. And with the help of our certified UIAGM mountain guides and of course our own helicopter, our guests can enjoy these natural amenities as much as possible. Even if we would experience a day where the weather conditions should not be in our favor, Arkhyz still offers an alternate program that is not to be scoffed at. A few years ago, a small skiing area opened up which offers the perfect alternative at down days and our skis and legs won’t come to rest.

And the cherry on the top of this trip is probably the accommodation: We are going to stay at the former mountain residence of Michail Gorbatschow, the first president of the Soviet Republic. And besides that: we got the mansion completely for ourselves! All those who always wanted to sleep in chambers steeped with history, this is the perfect opportunity to experience how the prestigious life of Russia’s political elites must have looked like.

This is how we will indulge in reminiscence of the best runs of the day, while the shashlik kebabs sizzle on the fire in the backyard and maybe we will sleep in the very same bed where Michail Gorbatschow has put himself to rest…

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Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle enjoy
Risk feel free to tell your partner about it
Comfort sophisticated


  • Stay at the mountain residence of  Michail Gorbatschow
  • Alternatives in case of bad weather
  • Mild Climate und pure powder!
  • Unforgettable Powderdays
  • local English-speaking mountain guides
  • Helicopter just for us

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

The following schedule is planned:

1. Day: Individual arrival at Mineralny Wody airport. Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the lodge which will be our base for the following days. Get-together with the group and the guides, discussion of the program, equipment check and joint dinner.
Days 2-6: Heliskiing. The exact runs will be scheduled every day in the morning by the pilot and the mountain guide according to the weather and snow conditions. In the evening cozy gathering in our historical lodge.
On the las Heliski day, we drive back to the valley and spend the night in Pyatigorsk (30 minutes from the airport) in order to facilitate the departure for those who have to depart early in the morning.

2. – 6. Day: Heliskiing! The exact runs will be scheduled every day in the morning by the pilot and the mountain guide according to the weather and snow conditions. In the evening cozy gathering in our historical lodge.

7. Day: Departure day. Transfer to the airport and individual flight home.

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • Airport transfer from Mineralny Wody airport to the lodge/hotel and back, transfers from the accommodation to the helicopter base and back
  • 5 nights in the lodge (former residence of Michail Gorbatschow), incl. half board and packed lunch on Heliski days
  • 1 night at 3-star hotel in Pvatigorsk, incl. half board
  • 5 days (depending on weather- and snow- conditions) guided Heliskiing in small groups with local English-speaking mountain guides (1 guide per 3 participants)
  • 11 flight hours included and guaranteed. Refund of € 1700 per hour per helicopter (is split between the participants; e.g. for a group of 6 people: € 283 per hour and person) if the full program cannot be carried out due to bad weather or other reasons
  • Safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver)
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

help_outline  Optional

  • The helicopter is exclusively available for us. If we want to fly more, we fly more. € 2.200 for each additional helicopter flight hour. The costs will be divided between the participants.

highlight_off  Not included:

  • Flight to Mineralny Wody (we gladly make you an offer)
  • Ski equipment
  • Lift tickets
  • Activities outside of the program
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Russia (please apply at least 4 weeks before departure at the Russian embassy of your home country, the necessary letter of invitation will be issued by us after successful booking)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the hotel
  • Tips
  • No refund of not consumed helicopter time due to absence
  • (delayed arrival, etc.) or if the participant decides to prematurely abort the program.

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in Heliskiing / Ski Touring lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email [email protected] for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG[European Travel insurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations for Russia

Swiss and EU citizen: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 or more months.

Visa for Russia (min. 4 weeks before departure at the Russian embassy in your home country, the necessary letter of invitation will be issued by us after successful booking).

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

work  Equipment

Please note which equipment is included under the point “What the price includes”. We will supply you with adequate safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche transceive)

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

Heliskiing / Ski Touring always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in different snow conditions and steep terrain. For Ski Touring members should be able to perform kick-turns. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in ski touring trips is being in good shape. We will ski down up to 3000 vertical meters every day in varying snow condition.

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (, item II. 7.).
The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.