Heliski in Sochi

3500 €


Once you have arrived in Moscow, you will be picked up by our Moscow guide. Depending on your arrival time you will have the chance for a little site-seeing tour in Moscow.

Early afternoon you check in to the next domestic flight to Sochi, right off the Black Sea coast. A 45 minute taxi-ride leads you straight to our hotel in the valley of Krasnaya Poliana.

The following days see us carving up wide slopes or steep couloirs. The choice is ours since there are no restrictions in the landing zones. The summits are around 2500 meters high and some of the runs lead us all the way down to the valley floor at around 500 meters low. Should the weather be not good enough to fly, and actually prepare our next powder day, we can use the lift system. Four chair lifts are lined up on top of each other and off the top section we can access stunning runs with almost 1700 meters vertical drop, above and in the trees.

For the Apres-Ski we meet in the Bar “Munchhausen”, an excellent place to pick up some Russian habits like drinking vodka with fruit juice and raging on some big ice cream cups. Later we can be sure to find relaxation of the day’s activities when we let ourselves get baked in the sauna. The calories intake is also taken care of since the local kitchen is delicious and solid.
When our time is spent, we need to let all the runs behind we did not ride, jet, and get the plane back to Moscow. There you will have to check out and our Moscow staff will help you to get to the right international connection at the right time.

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Where the Caucasus Mountains meet the Black Sea, they still show imposing summits higher than 3000 meters. Tucked into this wild Alpine environment we find the legendary ski area of Krasnya Poliana, the “Nice Valley”… We are going to visit the “Powder House” of the Caucasus!

Half an hour taxi-ride off the coastal town called Sochi beams you right into a spectacular alpine valley crowned by proud summits glowing in the afternoon sun. The coastal resort town of Sochi and the neighboring mountain valley of Krasnya Poliana has been a famous tourist destinations in the days of the Soviet Union. Today there are a number of hotels, chalets and restaurants, which are built to meet modern western standards.

Difficulty Of The Activity; The proposed voyages are exclusively reserved for expert skiers. You need to be able to progress in hors-slope terrain in a safe and efficient way, even with variable snow conditions. This can include partly icy, crusty skiing passages, which need to be addressed with a total control of your skies.


Maximum Participants; To run our program as described we need certain objective conditions in the area of destination and a minimum number of 12 participants. Should this not be the case, we will try to find an alternative solution. If this proves to be impossible we have the right to cancel the program up to 90 days before its start. In this case any deposit or payment will be returned to the full. We accept maximum 24 participants.

Accommodation; Russian hospitality, comfort and privacy — our hotel is the place. «Villa Deja Vu» located in the heart of the village was built in 1999 and reserved specially for our heliski groups. With it's 11 rooms, Russian billiard, home cinema, sauna and Siberian terma this chalet will be your home for a week in Krasnaya Polyana. Each room has ensuite bath/shower and WC. With a glass of red wine at the bar and home made 4 course dinner you will finish your heliski day at the foot of the Caucaus mountains.

Heliskiing (heliboarding); The great proximity to the sea produces a characteristic snow cover that sticks to the steepest angles. Skiing and boarding here reminds heavily of Whistler or Alaska! All the runs lead into outrages, unique Tree-skiing areas. Since there are only leaf trees (without leafs in winter…), the snow gets distributed evenly and you can see far ahead while riding. The summits are around 2500 meters high and some of the runs lead us all the way down to the valley floor at around 500 meters low.

Helicopter; Our powerful MI 8 helicopter easily lifts us up to the ridgelines and summits. Runs between 800 and 1500 vertical meters give us plenty of opportunity to exploit this versatile playground. Only after the introduction of Heliskiing, more than ten years ago, a lift system had been constructed. This ski area covers a lot of interesting terrain above and in the trees and opens runs up to 1700 vertical meters.

In opposition to all the traditional heliskiing providers in Canada and the US, who base their helicopter calculation on vertical meters, we prefer to relate to the actual flight time we use.

This method proves not only to be more transparent, but also seems to be more adapted to the fact that we have the freedom to react on any given condition and to explore the best runs. A good day will offer us 5000 to 7000 vertical meters and costs around two hours! The Heli time we included into the package is the minimum time we will need even in bad circumstances.

Given the fact that we meet very good weather and snow conditions, we might be able to use up to 50% more Heli-time! Once we have spent the included hours, we will pay the chopper day by day (2500 euro/h/helicopter). If we can not use the previewed time, we will pay back 200 Euro/h/person the amount paid for the remaining hours.

Our Guiding Style; To safely run heliskiing in the Caucasus referring the dimensions and wilderness of our location, we offer a specialized guiding standard. One helicopter load consists of a group of maximum of 12 skiers who are joined by three guides: UIAGM mountain guides and highly experienced Russian heli-guides. That allows therefore to progress in the mountains with small groups. This combination covers the full spectrum of hosting and guiding in the Russian Mountains. Since we can not relay on a Mountain rescue infrastructure like in the Alps, we consider this measure as a necessity to install maximum safety and efficiency on our operation!

Each guide has all the necessary first aid equipment in his pack, as well as the radio link to other guides, the helicopter and the local civil rescue service.

Each participant is supplied with the following equipment: Air Bag ABS system, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. We also recommend to use the helmet.


How can I get my visa to Russia?
You will not be allowed to enter Russia without a current visa. This should be applied for directly from the Russian Consulate nearest your place of residence. The procedure can be time consuming. Allow at least four weeks for getting a visa. We will supply you with the invitation necessary for visa application once the full payment of your trip is done.

How can I go to the hotel in Sochi?
Sochi host international flights during the winter time, you have to travel via Moscow anyhow. Our representative will meet you at any time of your arrival in airport of Sochi. Then about half-an hour taxi ride will lead you to our base hotel.

How about the Hotel and service in Moscow, if accommodation needed?
Any Moscow service is not included into the price of the heliski package you buy with us. However, we would be more then happy to give you any assistance you might need: airport terminal changing procedure, hotel information and booking, sight-seeing tours etc.

What to bring?
We provide powder skis for those who would like to use them. You can enjoy riding with Salomon AK Rocket or Pocket Rocket skis size 165-175-185-195. These skis are available for STANDARD PACKAGE guests at no charge. The others will be charged 10 Euros a day.

Your ski clothing should keep you comfortable between minus 15 degrees Celsius and plus five degrees Celsius.
Footwear suitable for slushy conditions and a raincoat are useful for excursions on no-fly days. Ski boots and snowboards are not available at our operations.

In Addition To Your Ski Clothes We Recommend:

• waterproof boots or shoes
• waterproof jacket
• thermal underwear, warm clothes & sweaters
• gloves, warm socks, scarf or neck gaiters
• sunglasses and goggles, warm cap or hat

How about the Down days?
No-fly days due to bad weather will happen. The alternative options of entertainment for our guests is as follows; Guided off-pist skiing in the ski area, Sochi city-tour, Speleo, Typical Russia bania (sauna) and spa entertainment.

How about the communications?
International telephone lines are available from the hotel but sometimes they get cut off for some hours at a time. SIM cards are available in Krasnaya Poliana. GSM mobile phones will work as well. Guests will need to check if their mobile home provider has an agreement with any of the local providers. Local providers at time of writing are MTS, Bee-Line and Megafon in Krasnaya Poliana.

Is it easy to change money?
Most of the banks will accept US dollars or Euros only. Hotels generally have a foreign exchange counter. Whenever you change money, make sure that you keep the exchange certificate. Credit cards can be used for paying any expenses you may incur at the hotel. Extra heliskiing to be paid by cash only.


None of our tour packages cover any international flights. In other words, all of our tour packages are inclusive of land only services. We have the following reasons :

• You may have your own favorite airline you used to fly with. We do not want to limit you with any airline specified by us.
• You may have your own class (business, first, etc.) you used to fly with. We do not want to limit you with an economy class ticket specified by us.
• You may be a member of an airline loyalty program. We do not want you to lose your miles.
• You may have miles enough to purchase your own ticket. We do not want you to lose your advantage.
• You may have an agreed IATA Agency that provides your and your companies flight tickets. You may have contractual advantages to take benefit of. We do not want you to lose your advantage.

If you say “above reasons do not interest me, I want to get this service also from you”, we will be more than happy to provide you the following services :

• best available seat reservation,
• best available price,
• best available payment alternatives,
• inform your loyalty program about your miles,
• other services related to your flights,

Besides international flights by scheduled airlines, we also provide rent a car, bike, van, midibus, coach, boat, helicopter and jet with/without driver, in and out of Turkey. Please contact us for more details.



1. An official letter from your company (with a letterhead of your company) is required indicating your purpose of trip to the related country (touristic, business, etc), stamped and signed by the authorized person(s).
2. Commercial activity certificate of your company from Chamber of Commerce or Chamber of Industry dated last 6 months.
3. Recent tax certificate(photocopy) of your company.
4. Signature circular(photocopy) of your company.
5. Trade gazette (mark your name, if you’ve a partnership).
6. Personal or company bank account book.
7. 2 Recent passport-sized digital photograph (photographs must have white background).


1. An official letter from your company(with a letterhead of your company) is required indicating your purpose of trip to the related country(touristic, business, etc), stamped and signed by the authorized person(s).
2. Photocopy of your SSK registration approved by SSK.
3. Photocopy or the original of your payroll for the last 3 months.
4. Documents 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 listed under “Employers” header above.


1. A letter to the consulate or the embassy indicating the purpose of your trip to the related country.
2. Evidence of property owned(house, land, etc.).
3. Documents showing your husband’s business status (according to his job all related documents mentioned under each header is required additionally).
4. Personal bank account book.


1. A letter to the consulate or the embassy indicating the purpose of your trip to the related country.
2. Retirement book and account book of the bank showing the retirement salary.
3. Evidence of property owned (house, land, etc.).


1. A letter to the consulate or the embassy indicating the purpose of your trip to the related country.
2. Student registration document from your school.
3. Your parent’s business status documents (according to their jobs all related documents mentioned under each header is required additionally).

Further to above, additional documents required by the consulates/embassies of each country are as follows.


• Visa application form must be fully completed in capital letters.
• 1 recent passport-sized digital photograph (must have white background).
• Photocopies of pages 1 to 4 and last page of your current passport as well as photocopies of the pages of your passport showing Schengen visa/s issued before.
• Empty visa page is required.
• Travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in Italy.
• A letter (with a letterhead) addressed to the consulate/embassy from your employer stating that during your stay in Italy “in case of any accidents or health problems, all expenses will be paid by them immediately”.
• An invitation letter from Italy.
• The company in Italy sending an invitation letter should fax its commercial registeration record to the consulate in Istanbul and to the invited company; this fax document must be included within your application documents.
• Signature circular valid for the last 1 year.
• Original commercial activity certificate valid for the last 3 months.
• SSK documents of the employee benefit paid by the company for the last 4 months (original and photocopy).
• Payroll for the last 4 months.
• Company’s bank account transactions document for the last 6 months by the bank.
• Photocopies of the confirmed hotel reservation document in Italy and confirmed airline round-trip booking document.


• For the first time visitors of Switzerland, visa is issued for a short period.
• If you do not have a previous visa to Switzerland, for commercial visits an invitation letter from Switzerland should be faxed to the consulate and a photocopy of this fax document must be included within application documents.
• For touristic visa application, photocopies of current account book or credit cards must be included within application documents.
• In the application form, the purpose of your trip must be explained very clearly.


• If you do not have a previous Schengen visa given by German Consulate, you should apply personally for a commercial visa. If the departure date to Germany is not certain then instead of the departure date, a note of “because of commercial visit” should be written instead on the application letter.
• 2 Recent passport-sized digital photograph (photographs must have white background).
• On the application letter, the purpose of the trip, departure date, occupation of the visitor must be written. On the letter it should be stated that “incase of any accidents or health problems in any Schengen country, all expenses will be paid by your company immediately” and “it is guaranteed that the visitor will definitely return before the necessary visa expires”.
• Travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 is required during your stay in Germany.
• Application form and letter must be signed by the applicant.


• Confirmed hotel reservation document in France and a photocopy of confirmed airline round-trip booking document.
• A travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in France.
• For commercial applications, there must be a commercial invitation letter received from France.


• The visa is obtained in 5 working days.
• Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your return date.
• Photocopies of the following pages of your passport are required; page with photo, page that indicates the validity of the passport and last page where your ID information is written.
• Original application form must be clearly filled in by the applicant and must be signed by the owner of the passport. This form must be filled in with capital letters, one box is reserved for one letter and all boxes must be filled in properly. Please do not write any letter out of the boxes.
• In case of necessity the Consulate might require additional documents from the applicant.
• Photocopies of your personal bank account book and credit cards.
• Visas can be obtained free of charge. There is no visa charge!


• Confirmed hotel reservation document in France and a photocopy of confirmed airline round-trip booking document.
• Travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in Holland.


• Application must be made at least 3 weeks before the trip.


• Touristic / commercial etc. visa application to Belgium must be done personally.


• The visa cannot be obtained before 7 working days.
• While applying to the visa, only the documents are taken and passport is given back. In 5 working days you
will be called by the consulate to bring your passport again and after then the visa is issued and passport is given back to you in 2 working days.
• Touristic visa is issued in 2 working days.


• All application documents are requested both in Turkish and in English.


• Touristic / commercial etc. visa applications to USA must be done personally.

Other than the above Schengen countries, all Schengen countries below request travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 during your stay in the related countries.

• Austria (no agency applications, personal applications)
• Belgium (no agency applications, personal applications)
• Denmark
• Finland
• Iceland
• Spain (for green passport holders, visa is not required for trips less than 90 days
• Sweden
• Luxembourg
• Norway
• Portugal
• Greece


As a result of the valuable efforts of the Turkish Ministry Of Tourism, the travel insurance is now obligatory for all travelers by law. In addition, we kindly would like to aware you that most of the countries and their related consulates require a health insurance with a minimum coverage limit of Euro 30.000 to confirm your visa.

During your travel, you may have some health problems and high expenditures accordingly. Lost baggage, robbery, lost ticket, law issues, etc. are also within the possibilities of a travel. We highly reccomend a travel insurance to financially protect yourself abroad.


If you do already have a health insurance please double check if it is valid in and out of Turkey and if it covers also lost baggage, robbery, lost ticket, law issues, etc. Please be aware that some insurances are very cheap and do not cover most of the above mentioned topics. Please do not forget that the coverage limitations of an insurance is the most important thing to know.


Most of our products are valuable, non-refundable, having an advance purchase period of 2 or 3 months. After making the payment, it is not possible to get a refund and if you need to cancel your trip under specific circumstances, you should have a cancellation insurance to protect your financial loss. It is at your own risk to have a cancellation insurance or not.

We are always at your disposal to assist you in purchasing any travel, health and/or travel cancellation insurance. For more information, please apply to one of our travel advisers either by e-mail or phone.


Devri Alem will act as a sponsoring organization and has selected qualified professional tour operators to organize and administer all travel packages announced in this web site and other exclusive medias. The designated tour operator(s), in turn, acts only as agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with these tours (other providers), and the other providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time participants are not aboard their conveyances.

Devri Alem and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for :

a-) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider, and

b-) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent, thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Devri Alem and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

By registering for the Devri Alem trips, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Devri Alem and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Devri Alem trip.

Devri Alem and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

Neither Devri Alem, its designated tour operator, nor its tour administrator shall be liable for any air carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the participant's Devri Alem trip departure city. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Basis of Prices; otherwise stated, all prices are based on two persons sharing a room or cabin or compartment. All prices and fares are quoted in Euros. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge we reserve the right to do so and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.

Eligibility; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire journey. For family trips, children must be the minimum age indicated in the trip itinerary. Otherwise, there are no age restrictions, but all participants must be in good health.

Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds; a deposit of 35% of the package price is required for each person to reserve space on Devri Alem trips. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Devri Alem reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 60 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 60 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If you cancel 120 days or more prior to departure, a refund less an administrative fee of EUR 200 of your deposit will be made. Per person charges for cancellations that occur less than 120 days prior to departure are as follows:
119-61 days prior to departure: 100% of your deposit amount;
60-45 days prior to departure: 50% of the trip price;
44 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the trip price

Some products payments, cancellations, refunds and general policies may be different than the above and will be advised to you at time of reservation by your travel consultant.

This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier's refund policy.

If you cancel your package and find yourself a suitable person to take over the contractual obligations (but only if the cancelled space is still available), No cancellation fee is to be paid.

Leaving a trip in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of the trip. Devri Alem reserves the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically unfeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If Devri Alem or its designated tour operator cancels a trip prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of monies paid to Devri Alem or its designated tour operator, except in the event the cancellation is due to a major global event which has resulted in the cancellation of multiple trips, in which case, you will receive a refund and/or credit equivalent to monies paid to Devri Alem or its designated tour operator. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a prorated refund based on the number of days not completed on the trip. We will not be responsible for any refund for nonrefundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent.

Guests who have not signed this terms and conditions but participating a trip with a person who has paid for the trip and signed this terms and conditions, they do automatically accept all these terms and conditions.

Travel, health and cancellation insurance is available at an additional cost, and is strongly recommended and advised.

Itinerary Changes; the itineraries and staff presented here are subject to modification and change by Devri Alem or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.

Health Requirements; you must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. Devri Alem and its designated tour operator reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of a trip or to require any traveler to withdraw from a trip anytime when such action is determined to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the trip group or individual trip member.

Medical Precautions; for some of the trips to be realised in wilderness and similar destinations such as the Amazons, some countries in Agrica, etc, Devri Alem may require Yellow Fever Vaccination, Malaria Prophylaxis, etc. due to the CDC (Center of Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) recommendations.

Photography and Video; we reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any trip or part thereof, and to use the resulting photography for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with Devri Alem, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography; participants who prefer that their image not be used are asked to identify themselves to their travel consultant at the time of booking.

Other; additional Terms and Conditions may apply to some trips and will be provided with pre-trip mailings.

By registering for a Devri Alem trip, the participant agrees to the Responsibility statement and the Terms and Conditions herein.

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