Kamchatka, Russia

Kamchatka, Russia

Kamchatka, Russia
Located on the peninsula by Alaska and on the Eastern side of Russia, massive peaks and untouched powder is nestled in Kamchatka. Today we will explore this mountain and discover why riders love and crave the snow here.

Kamchatka Mountain
This mountain is every free rider’s heaven. With only 10% on-piste runs, the mountain is really a mecca playground that is actually dormant volcanic land. In this peninsula you will find limitless ways to ride the mountain. To be sure, advanced riders must heli board to ride this mountain. There is understandably no terrain park; the cliffs and natural hits should suffice in satisfying park junkie’s cravings.

There are several parts to this massive mountain and each is part of this volcanic land. They are called Viluchinskiy, Mutnovskiy, Avachinskiy, Opala (highest peak at 2460 meters) and Goreliy (lowest peak at 1800 meters) and each average about 6 km in length! This is a more expensive snowboarding experience because of the need to heli board. Remember, the season only lasts from December to March and therefore helicopter tours are in high demand and will need at least a month ahead booking notice.

Heliboarding
That is correct, there are no chairlifts whatsoever on this mountain and the only way to ride it is to aboard a helicopter. For riders who have never done tried this before then please follow a guide and stay behind them during your off-piste ride. Be sure to layer up because you may be suspended in the drop zone for some time and its way colder at the top. Unlike the XXX movie and other famous Hollywood hits, you do not jump out of the Helicopter while it is hovering (unless you are getting some special package that we haven’t heard of). Instead you wait for it to dock in the drop zone and you simply grab your gear and start riding. Nonetheless have a great and safe time at Russia’s best mountain.