Kamchatka – The Land Of Fire and Ice
It’s a mysterious name for an enigmatic land that has long existed on the peripheries of travel and skiing tales and has always been just a little elusive, and a tad unknown. Kamchatka has recently become quite a hit with travellers, and those people who love to ski endless back slopes of thick powder with few other people around.
It has 160 volcanoes, and 29 of them are still active. It has the highest concentration of active volcanoes on earth, and the highest volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka at 4,750, is the largest active volcano in the Northern Hemisphere, while the most striking is Kronotsky, whose perfect cone makes it arguably the world’s most beautiful volcano.
There are brown bears everywhere, there are endless reindeer and is is the land of salmon, where the bears gorge all day long on their favourite snack.
Kamchatka is a place of extraordinary primal beauty, rushing rivers, hot springs and snow-capped peaks. Getting here takes time and effort, and exploring the region even more so, but few visitors leave anything other than overwhelmed. Apart from the cities, it is barren, and one of the most desolate places on earth.
Formerly a military zone, and for years being very inaccessible and costly due to the need for helicopter access, Kamchatka is becoming more affordable. It is still not a cheap trip, simply due to the geography of the place, but as it opens up further and as more and more people express the desire to ski there and to visit this wonderful place, so access has become easier and more convenient.
The options for ski touring and epic backcountry are endless, as long as it is helicopter-powered. There is no other way to access the best locations, and skiing down smoking volcanoes and steaming vents is not something that you can do anywhere else in the world. For that very reason, heliskiing is the most popular in Kamchatka, and Elite Ski Travel offers several great heliskiing tour options.
The best time for powder skiing in Kamchatka is March and April, and after that, it morphs into wonderfully grainy and soft spring snow, as a result of slope aspect sunshine and warmth.
Elite Ski Travel has been visiting Kamchatka for many years now, and we have a very good understanding of the terrain and the needs and desires of our clients.
Kamchatka offers solitude should you want it, and it offers endless possibilities of glorious backcountry conditions. The season lasts longer than many other areas around the world due to the climate, and it is easy to plan a long ski adventure as late as April, with total confidence.
We at Elite Ski Travel have taken many clients on heliskiing trips to Kamchatka, and all of them have been amazes at the raw beauty and splendour of the location. Our accommodation options are always superb, our attention to gastronomy and concierge services never falters, and we have always actively involved our clients in daily decisions, and we accompany them on the slopes. Once they have been to Kamchatka once, our clients always want to return.
This part of the world is an exciting venture for us, and as we gain more experience and fulfil more exciting but safe trips to this incredible land, so we too realise that there is so much more we can do here, and so much more to see. Kamchatka is going to be a part of our world for a long time, and we look forward to growing with it.