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Heliski in Abkhazia (Sochi)
December - April
Highland Abkhazia is one of the best places for Heliskiing in the Caucasus: a huge territory, varied terrain, great snow! Here you will find everything – from wide endless fields to excellent tree skiing or steep couloirs. Finally you will explore the amazing untouched nature of Western Caucasus!

The helipad is located in Abkhazia, a 15-minute drive from the Russian border in the Abaata Hotel. The transfer from Krasnaya Polyana to the helipad takes approximately one hour. From the Olympic Park (Adler) or Sochi airport it's 30 minutes drive.


Our heliski base in Abkhazia is hotel Abaata situated rught on the coast of Black Sea
We highly recommend to stay at the Abaata Hotel the night before skiing! This will allow us to fly to the mountains earlier, which is important, because in the mountains of Abkhazia the weather may go bad by noon, due to the proximity of the sea. The hotel is very comfortable, there is a park on the territory, a heated pool, a bathhouse, a beach and a restaurant with European and national cuisine.
Skiing area: Tele-Bashe ridge, Ah-Ag Mount, Arabica Mount. These ridges, nearest to the Black sea, receive the greatest amount of precipitation
Helicopters: Eurocopter AS-350B3e.Groups: 4 guests / 1 guide. One helicopter can simultaneously serve two groups.
Guides: certified RMGA ski guides or UIFGM guides.
The average vertical drop on the program for one descent is about 700m. We usually land at an altitude of 2200-2700, takes off at 1300-1800 meters.
Passing the border usually takes 30-40 minutes. Foreigners, depending on their citizenship, may need a dual or multi-visa of Russian Federation, as well as a visa to Abkhazia (issued upon entry). Please contact us in advance to prepare all the necessary documents.
The price includes:

Weekdays (1000EUR):

– 4 descent heliski
– transfer to Abkhazia from Krasnaya Polyana and back
– night at the Abaata Hotel 4*
– breakfast before departure
– lunch in the mountains, water on board
– experienced guides
– rent of avalanche equipment (ABS backpack, tranciever, probe, shovel).
Additional descents and refunds for unused: 170EUR per person for a full group.

Weekends and holidays (1450EUR):

– 7 heliski runs
– transfer to Abkhazia from Krasnaya Polyana and back
– night at the Abaata Hotel 4*
– breakfast before departure
– lunch in the mountains, water on board
– experienced guides
– rent of avalanche equipment (ABS backpack, tranciever, probe, shovel).
Additional descents and refunds for unused: 170EUR per person for a full group.

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Week programm in Abkhazia
6 nights in a 4* hotel / 5 hours of flying time / 5700 EUR for Standart and 8700EUR for Private package per person


We offer you two types of heliski packages:
Standart package – 5700 EUR per person
2 groups of 4 guests each / one helicopter working with two groups
5 hours of flight time per each group
1 guide per group

Private package – 8700 EUR per person
one group of three guests / one helicopter
5 hours of flight time per group
2 guides per group
Included in the price:
– 5 hours of flight time per 1 group
– 6 nights in 4* hotel – double accomodation + breackfasts
– transfer from airport and back and all local transfers
– certified ski guide for each group;
– rent of avalanche equipment (ABS backpack, shovel, transceiver, probe)
– lunch and water on Board during heliskiing
– invitation for Russian visa

The price does not include:
– flight to Sochi and back (aprx. 300 EUR from Europe);
– insurance;
– lunches and dinners in the restaurant (average check is 15 EUR per person);
– drinks;
– alternative activities;
– single accommodation (from 300 EUR);
– additional flight time (2500 EUR per hour for the helicopter).
– Russian double or multivisa
In case of unstable weather, when the possibility of skiing becomes apparent only when it enters the ski area, the organizing company offers the group members the calculation of the program price based on the flight time. The price of a flight hour is 3400 EUR per hour per helicopter, per-minute billing.

In case the ABS system is activated outside the situation of the avalanche danger the payment is 145 EUR.

The reason for non-departure can be: non-flying weather, high avalanche danger, administrative reasons that are not dependent on the organizing company (for example, a flight ban). In case that such circumstances became known before the departure to the mountains, but after the group arrived to the helipad, the heliski organizing company will charge compensation in the amount of 75 EUR per person.

In case of non-departure for the reasons, depending on the organizing company (shortage of customers in the group, helicopter unavailability, etc.), we guarantee, at the request of the customer, a 100% refund.

Refunds are not made due to the inability to ski for the following reasons:
– illness or injury received both before and during the program;
– the impossibility of skiing due to fatigue;
– unwillingness or impossibility for the client to ride due to bad weather conditions or severe snow conditions (in the condition that safe skiing is possible on this day);

According to the decision of the guide, the participant can be removed from skiing if the level of his technical or physical training does not match the other group members – the participant significantly "slows down" the group, creates a danger to himself or other group members. In this case, the organizing company does not make any compensation.

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