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12 days exploring the volcanoes of Eastern Russia. Ski the Ring of Fire above the North Pacific Ocean in a wild land where the Grizzlies are huge and just waking up, the views impressive and the mountain are BIG.
This trip is a foray into the Russian Wilderness for those with an open mind and a spirit for adventure. We will be heading to three different Russian backcountry skiing locations, each with their own lodging experiences.
First will use snowmobiles to access a backcountry camp in the Ganalsky Range for some steep tree skiing and possibly some couloirs, where we will be winter camping for four days.
After this travel by snowcat to the Avachinsky Pass Mountain Huts by snowcat, aiming to climb the slopes of two active volcanoes.
We will then take a Russian 6×6 vehicle to the cosy Snow Valley lodge and climb and ski one last massive volcano!
Everything about this trip is epic. Besides the wild skiing, expect to eat lots of cabbage and smoked fish, drink vodka and potentially be whipped by a naked Russian while in a Banya.
The Ganalsky Range
The Ganalsky range is located 100km NW of Petropavlovsk. The average elevation of the mountains is 1500-1750m with some peaks reaching 2000m. Steep, spicy couloirs and stunning peaks are the hallmark of this area as well as having good powder potential in the the steep birch forests. Many of the ski lines and slopes are still un-skied.
Steep couloirs are one of the Ganalsky range’s attractions. These icons are definitely on our radar and one of the reason we have chosen the location. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be skiing any couloirs as the final decision will be made by the lead guide and will be condition dependant.
Volcano Skiing: Avachinsky (2741m), Koryaksky (3456m) and Viluchinsky (2173m)
The Kamchatka Volcanoes are simply awesome and at this time of year the bears are starting to roam their slopes as well! The views overlook the Northern Pacific Ocean and some of these peaks are still quite active.
Skiing the Kamchatka corn snow on these massive mountains is definitely some of the best spring skiing on Earth. We may also get a spring snowstorm and end up skiing some powder, especially on northerly aspects and high altitude.
Volcano ascents are an all day mission with an early start. Expect varied conditions as the day warms and all types of snow on the way down. Again we must stress that summits are not guaranteed and attempts will be weather dependant.
This trip has room for 6 guests.