Heliboarding (Heliski) in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan has great opportunities for skiing and heliskiing in the mountains. 95% of the country is covered by the Tien-Shan Mountains. Hundreds of virgin slopes are waiting for skiers who love the wilderness - and nice free runs on fresh snow. Experienced pilots of an MI-8 MTV helicopter can land groups of 16 skiers on peaks and passes at an altitude of 4500 m for descents of 1-5 km with a height difference from 500 m to 1500 m.
Heliskiing package 2010. Kyrgyzstan Heliskiing and Heliboarding operator. Free-ride in Kyrgyzstan with OrexCA.com
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Season: 20, January - 15, March, 2010
Altitude (point of the beginning of skiing): 3500 - 4100 m.
Descents down: 800-1200 vertical m.
Length: 1,5 - 5 km.
Description: If you can ski intermediate runs at your ski area, then you can heli-ski with us on our heli-ski program. If you have ever dreamed of going heli-skiing in the mountains; if you have seen the movies of heli-skiing and doubted your ability to do it yourself - well you can go heli-skiing or heli-boarding with us in Tien-Shan mountains where the powder snow is deep, the air is fresh and the experience exhilarating. Enjoy mountains over 4000 meters and spectacular views. Up to 1200 vertical meters of varied terrain includes glacier snowfields, ridges and cols. Mostly the area has no ski developments and many side valleys and mountains are seldom visited but have good landing places on high mountain passes, ridges and glaciers where it is possible to start descents. Then the helicopter takes the group to another location.
Your guide will select terrain within a zone according to snowfall, the weather, and your group's ability. Our guides are professionals, dedicated to safety and comradeship. We employ three guides for the program. The guides carry radio and can contact with the helicopter or the mountain rescue. They also carry emergency equipment.
We use the MI-8-MTB helicopters, which are known in many countries as good and reliable helicopters. It is powered by two turbo-engines and has a carrying capacity of two tons. It can carry a group of 15 skiers and boarders, depending on weight, plus the guides and the pilots. Two pilots fly the MI-8-MTB, which means extra safety. You can be sure that the helicopters are flown by pilots, who are very experienced in heli ski and mountain rescue flying.
This area is well known and used because of big variety runs for skiing and short time to reach it (only 30 min. by helicopter).
With hundreds of ski runs, there is a tremendous variety of slopes to accommodate all levels of skiers and boarders from intermediate to expert. Weather and snow conditions every winter are hardly predictable but we'll do our best to find accessible slopes in this area!
Day 1. Meeting at the airport in Bishkek and transfer to the hotel (early in the morning).
Accommodation at the hotel.
Departure from Bishkek to the ski area.
A safety briefing is given covering avalanche transceivers, helicopter and mountain safety
Day 2-5. Heli-skiing
Day 6. Heli skiing. Departure to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel. Please dress the same way you would for the mountain (breathable, water-resistant, and windproof materials are very good);
Goggles are a must. Sunglasses (with retention straps) are best kept for springtime use;
Sunscreen is important in the spring;
Wool or fleece hat;
Gloves (spare gloves are needed);
Small first aid kit;
Day 7. Sightseeing in Bishkek. Farewell dinner at the restaurant**.
Day 8. Departure from Bishkek.
**If weather conditions preclude flying on any day scheduled for heli ski you can reschedule heli-ski to 7th day as well.
Bishkek: "Asia Mountains", "Shumkar Asia" , "Alpinist" Guest Houses. The guests stay in double or single rooms.
**If you want to stay at 4**** Hotels you will be charged extra 110 EURO per person per program.
In mountains: Kashka-Suu ski resort, Ak-Tash Lodge, Ala-Archa Hotel. The guests stay in double or single rooms.
Price includes full board during 2-6 days (lunch as picnic), in Bishkek - only breakfasts, on 7th day - a farewell dinner.
Average temperature is -10 degrees C.
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** The price includes 10 hours helicopter flight during heli ski days. Waiting helicopter time at the foot of skiing slopes is not included in the price, it's free of charge. In the case of inbound and outbound heli transfer from/to Bishkek you shouldn't pay for it as well. One hour rent of helicopter allows you to ski down 3-4 times (800-1200 vertical meters each time). On a good day it is possible to make about 6 trips like that using about 2 hours of helicopter rent.
Terms and Conditions:
To reserve the program of heli skiing, full payment is required.
Cancellations prior to 20 days are charged a 75 EURO administration fee per person. Cancellations within 20 days are charged a 150 EURO administration fee per person.
Cancellations within 24 hours lose full amount for reserved days.
No refunds for no shows, poor ability, fitness, equipment failure or personal choice.
If you don't use 10 hours of helicopter flight in the case of bad weather, you get a refund of 1155 EURO per group for each unused hour.
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