Powder and Putin, Ski Descent of ELBRUS (5642 m), RUSSIA
- Elbrus Ski Descent-Adventure skiing Russian style! The Elbrus region has long history of alpine and ski activity but politics have kept it from experiencing the crowds the Alps have. The lift system offers some of the biggest vertical in the world with ski descents of 1700m right off the tram! The great snow conditions due to the higher altitude and colder weather, combine with the many side valleys and mountains accessible just a short tour above the top of the lift stations of Cheget and Elbrus. When done in summer a descent of the summit of the roof of Europe becomes the prize! With the ability to combine lift accessed alpine terrain, tour to a remote hut or take a ride in a helicopter, this region is the logical follow up for those who have been to La Grave or Chamonix and are ready for the next step.
Dates: April TBD June (Express)17-25; 2019 June 14-23
Duration: 9 Days-Adventure Ski-Express Program/14 Days Ski Descent
Client Ratio: 5:1
- Included: Ground transportation, all meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits, group climbing equipment, and guide services- Group transport; Food and accommodation; Russian entry visa support.
- Not Included: Airfare, transportation within Seattle, gratuities for guides, Personal insurance; Individual transfers; Visa consulate fees, all personal items International airport transfers, Russian entry visa fee.
Day 1-2. Leave the U.S. Arrive in Moscow. Hotel accommodation near the city center. Overnight at a hotel
Day 3. Moscow city tour in the morning. Afternoon & evening free to explore. Briefing with the mountain guide. Overnight at a hotel
Day 4. Fly to Mineral Vody in the morning. Meeting at the airport in Mineralnye Vody and transfer by private bus to the hotel in Baksan Valley not far from Elbrus. Overnight at the Povorot hotel in Terskol
Day 5. Our first acclimatization ski tour into the beautiful Baksan Valley. Overnight at hotel in Terskol
Day 6. Next up our 2nd acclimatization tour. This long day adds good bump up in altitude, leaving most climbers feeling strong and acclimatized. Overnight at hotel in Terskol
Day 7. Move to the Leap Russia or privately owned mountain huts where we lodge at about 3,800 meters. We use the tram and ski lift to help move our gear. . Overnight at hut.
Day 8. Rest Day or summit attempt, 6,000+’ ascent with the satisfaction of making turns all the way back down! Overnight at the hut
(Express) Day 9 head home
Day 9. Two additional days available for the ascent of Elbrus or ski tours exploring the area. Overnight at the Barrels or transfer to Povorot Hotel in Terskol
Day 10-11.Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Flight to Moscow, move to the international airport for the return flight home.
Day 4. Ski Cheget. The more energetic may wish to ascent Cheget Karabashi 3400m or ski using the Cheget chairlift system.
Days 5-8. 4 days of off-piste skiing. It is possible for the group to pay for heli time at an additional cost.
Day 8. Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Flight to Moscow, move to the international airport for the return flight home.
Drive to Adyrsu valley. “Ullu-Tau” Camp. Night at a lodge (2350m).
Ski-tours from the hotel;
Chotchat summit (3400m), 4 hours.
Koiavgan Pass (3572m), 4 hours.
Garvash Pass (3710m), 5-6 hours.
Mestia Pass (3860m) and continue to the Mestia summit (4230m), 8 hours.
Adylsu Pass (3300m) and continue to the Lokomotiv summit (3750m), 6 hours.
Jalavchat Glacier to the Druzhba summit (3650 m), 4 hours.
Gumachi Pass (3582m), 5-6 hours. Descent via Jankuat Glacier to the Adylsu valley.
Drive by bus to Terskol (Baksan valley). Hotel in Terskol (2100m).
- Adjustable Ski poles with powder (big) baskets*
- Skis or snowboard.Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes.
- Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboard boots
- Skins with glop stopper (skin wax)
- Avalanche Beacon This needs to be Triple Antenna. *(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
- Shovel Small collapsible style *(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
- Avalanche Probe 265cm or longer*(Available to rent from BCA Guides)
- Harness Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing (e.g. Mammut Alpine Light, Black Diamond Couloir)
- 1 Locking carabiner Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best. screw gate type, no Autolocking
- Ice axe lightweight for glacier travel
- Ski Crampons for skis & boards
- Crampons with anti-bot plates – fitted to your boots
- Helmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats
- Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt
- Soft Shell
- 1 -2 Sports bra synthetic
- 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
- 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 pair liner gloves Thin wool or polypropylene
- 1 pair warm gloves Synthetic
- Shell gloves or mitts
- Warm hat Wool or synthetic
- Balaclava or Buff
- Shade hat or baseball cap
- 2 pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
- 2 pair synthetic underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
- 1 pair lightweight long underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
- Soft shell pants with Schoeller fabrics
- Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
- Sleeping bag Rated to at least 20º F. Line the stuff sack w/ plastic bag.
- Internal frame pack 3000 cubic inch capacity
- Glacier glasses 100% UV protection
- Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc.
- Lip balm At least SPF 20,
- Sunscreen At least SPF 40
- Headlamp compact LED
- 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster, or
- Hydration bladder With drinking tube and 1 Nalgene bottle
- Plastic mug Needs a snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.*
- Toiletry kit Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
- 1-2 Large plastic bags Good for keeping miscellaneous gear dry
- Nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage (large Ziplocs are also useful
- Hand wipes
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
- Lunch & snack food (no more than 2 pounds)
WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?
You will receive an introductory email with the instructor for your course. We are small company who enjoy working together in the mountains as well as highly skilled professionals who hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and hold professional certifications with AIARE & AMGA. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA, which is the international body of certified mountain guides.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary – so $15-20 per day per person/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. Often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb. If you feel that the program was exceptional or substandard the tip can reflect that.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BCAG?
Yes, we rent Beacons, Shovels, Probes and Packs here. If you need these plus touring equipment, Second Ascent rents avalanche safety equipment, alpine touring, tele and split boards click here. Quantities are limited so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.
HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
You will carry 15-20 pounds, which will include everything on the equipment list.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
Payable when you make your reservation by e-check, or credit card.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
If you should decide to cancel your trip, BCAG must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
90 to 22 days from trip departure – 50% of trip cost
30 days or less – 100% of trip cost
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
Schedule changes are subject to a $50 fee per person up to 2 weeks out and $100 less then 14 days from the start of the trip and may not be possible. If conditions or circumstances preclude running a scheduled program we reserve the right to make the decision as to whether the program will be canceled, rescheduled, or an alternative provided.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BC ADVENTURE GUIDES HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
In the rare circumstance where we need to cancel a program you can reschedule without a fee or receive a refund on your deposit. If circumstances arise that force us to cancel a program that is already in progress we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit, at a prorated rate, will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees or costs arising from your changed or cancelled flights, lodging, or other arrangements. We strongly recommend obtaining trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
BCAG highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance on domestic trips and requires it on International trips. Europeans and Canadians use it because travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
Several options include Travelex or Travel Guard International at (1-877-248-8992) & www.travelguard.com for protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you.
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
We often get this question because most people need to know how much total time they need to take off work. Our Itinerary includes travel days.