Alexander the " boss" of our Helirando program




    Alexander, you’re in charge of the development of anatolian helirando program, explain to us what will be the program?

    The basic idea is to enjoy the wilderness and the beauty of the Kashkar range .

    The helicopter helps us to go far away, and we use the mountain ski to climb as we do in the Alps. The trooper land us on a top in the morning, from there we ski down a beautiful run, and then we will climb with the skins to go to another peak from where we will have a new descent.

    The pleasures of the heliski and at the same time those of the mountain ski? How will be organized a day of hélirando ?

    We will start every morning from our base in IKIZDERE. The trooper will land on a peak from where we will ski down. After that, two or three hours climbing in direction of a peak or a pass, will offer use another long run.

    We will have a typical Turkish pic nic, and then the trooper will get us back to the base.

    What will be the physical and technical level that will be required to enjoy the week?

    The ski level that we ask to participate to this program is intermediary.

    We want our guests to be able to ski with efficiency in different kind of snows, and easy enough to enjoy mountain skiing.

    People have to be fit enough to walk 2-3 hours a days, at a normal rhythm like summer hiking. So no need to be a “chamois”, if you are used to practice off pist skiing in the Alps, this program is for you.

    Will it be possible to do more runs with the help of the helicopter if people want to during their stay?

    Our philosophy is to adapt our program to our guests expectations, so if the conditions are good and if the group ask to make one or two runs in héliski, we will organize it with pleasure. As soon as the machine will be available for that…

    How high will we ski and does the altitude can be a problem?

    Our héliski base is situated in IKIZDERE a ski resort at the altitude of 1200 meters.

    Every day, according to the snow conditions we will ski between 2500 m and 3500 m, which is the same altitude as we usually ski in the Alps. So, we guess that it won’t be a problem….

    And the knowledge that our team get from the heliski is a guaranty of good days for the “mountaineering skiers”

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    Helirando is a program that allowed you to use the helicopter to acced in the central part of the KASHKAR RANGE and to enjoy the beautifullest runs of those mountains.

    In the alps refuges and road offers you the possibilities to reach easely the best spot and to enjoy ski touring in the best way . In wild range like the KASHKAR, it is unfortunately impossible to go straight to the best without the help of the trooper.


    Our helirando programm offer you 20 minutes flying times per day. This will usualy allowed you one landing a day on a top from wich you will ski down to the departures of another run that you will climb for few ( several? ) hours before to ski it down in the direction of the pick up point where the trooper will catch you to bring you back to our base.


    You will have 6 days skiing , using at your choice your flying time either to visit as much as you can the range , either to optimize your ratio flying time / skiing pleasure.


    While you will ski in the wildest part of the KASHKAR RANGE, you will have the security of beiing close to the trooper and close to a team of guides who know perfectly well those mountains.


    For evident safety reasons you will be systemically accompanied by a guide and always in radio contact with our base. We ask our visitor to come with their own ski touring gears, and we provide you the technical safety kit ( Shovel , Probe, DVA, Airbag, Radio )  


    To avoid problems of different level between heliski touring peoples, we just accept inscription from groups of 4 personns that know each other and who comes with a common project.


    Great programm for ski-touringholic and for those who want to discover wild mountains, helirando is a home made programm for those who want to discover the beauty of the ski in the KASHKAR RANGE , and who are ready to meet the people who live in those mountains in the winter.

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    The georgian Caucasus
    Before the 2012 Winter and for three seasons , the team who is now in charge of heliski in Turkey , opened the heliski base of Gudauri in Georgia , this blog relate this story and as it's a part of our history we keep the article about this place where we spent good time.
    KAZBHEGI 5047 m
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    The Caucasus is a geopolitical region at the boarder of Europe and Asia .It is home to the Caucasus Mountains, including Europe highest mountains (Mt Elbrus 5642 m).

    Georgian highest peaks are Chkhara (5201 m) and Kazbek (5047 m) In the center of Caucasus.

    The Caucasus is one of the most linguistically ad culturally diverse regions on earth. The nation states that comprise the Caucasus today are the post-soviet states Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan.


    The Caucasus is an area of great ecological importance. It harbour some 6400 species of higher plants, 1600 of wich are endemic to the region. Its wildlife includes leopards, brown bears, wolfs, European bison, marals, golden eagles and hooded crows. The Caucasus Mountain are also noted for a dog breed, the Caucasian Shepherd dog.


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    Guide d'héliski
     "Nous laissons en place sur notre site les articles écrits du temps ou notre organisation oeuvrait dans le Caucase, en Géorgie, en témoignage d'un temps révolu mais qui fut riche d'enseignement."

    Olivier, avant de développer une base d’héliski dans le Caucase, a travaillé comme guide au sein de l’équipe de Turkeyheliski dans le Kaçkhar.

    Guide d’héliski également à Himachal pendant plusieurs saisons, il à développé pendant plusieurs années son savoir-faire  dans le monde de l’héliski, en travaillant au sein de teams de Guide de Haute Montagne venus de tous les horizons.

    Olivier, héliski dans le Caucase ou bien héliski en Turquie ?

    Le Caucase, comme le massif du Kaçkhar en Turquie, sont des montagnes dessinées pour la pratique de l’héliski. Proches de la mer, avec des pentes faites pour le ski , leurs proximités avec l’Europe, les rendent très similaires. L’étendue du domaine de Turkeyheliski est sensiblement du double de celui d’Héliksir , mais sur plusieurs bases. Les neiges du Caucase sont moins abondantes celles du Kaçkhar, du moins sur la partie géorgiennes du massifs. . Pour l’héliski, il faut des neiges profondes et abondantes, les grands massifs  sont des espaces renommés pour la qualité de leurs enneigement. Turkeyheliski, avec le Kaçkhar et sa proximité avec la mer noire, est  installé sur un très beau terrain et la proximité de la mer noire est un atout "neige " important.

    Turkeyheliski à imposé le modèle canadien aux portes de l’Europe, que va-t-il se passer au  Caucase ?

    Héliksir fonctionne sur les mêmes modèles que Turkeyheliski, opération elle-même copier-coller des grandes entreprises canadiennes. 

    Il n’y a  pas 36 façons de faire de l’héliski. Du moins d’en faire sérieusement…

    L’héliski au Canada est une industrie, qui a trente ans d’avance. L’idée est d’offrir à proximité de l’Europe, en Turquie ou dans le Caucase, le sérieux et la rigueur des opérations les plus établis et les plus renommés outre atlantique.

    Au cours des dix dernières années, avec HHS en Himalaya, ou au sein de Turkeyheliski en Turquie, j’ai pu travailler avec des guides du monde entier, et j’ai constaté que de la Nouvelle-Zélande au Canada, les règles de sécurité du monde de L’héliski, sont  les mêmes, du moins au sein des opérations sérieuses.

    C’est cette exigence et ce respect de règles contraignantes qui vont présider au développement de notre activité héliski dans le Caucase.

    Quelles différences alors entre l’héliski dans le Caucase avec Héliksir, et l’héliski dans le Kaçhkar avec Turkeyheliski ?

    Le terrain…L’équipe…L’ambiance…

    Une semaine d’héliski reste une semaine d’héliski. Il y a une part de chance, pour bénéficier des meilleures conditions. C’est pour cela que nous proposons des séjours d’héliski de 7 jours, afin augmenter les probabilités de jours de beau temps.

    La sécurité est la priorité numéro un de l’opération Héliksir dans le Caucase. C’est une exigence que j’ai appris au sein de l’équipe de Turkeyheliski, et nous essayons d’élever le standard à chacune de nos décisions.

    Nous ne pensons pas notre action en termes de concurrence mais plus en niveau d’exigence de la clientèle héliski. Thierry et l’équipe de Turkeyheliski sont de grands professionnels formés à l’école suisse, Héliksir dans le Caucase, c’est un groupe de pilotes et de guides venant de Courchevel.

    La culture change, mais le travail est au service d’une même passion….L’héliski…

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    Before the 2012 Winter and for three seasons , the team who is now in charge of heliski in Turkey , opened the heliski base of Gudauri in Georgia , this blog relate this story and as it's a part of our history we keep the article about this place where we spent good time.


    drapeau georgien

     Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Situated at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, it is bounded by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the east by Azerbaijan .Georgia cover a territory and its population is 4.385 million.

    Georgiawas one of the first countries to adopt Christianity in the 4th century. At the beginning of the 19 th century, Georgia was annexed by the Russian empire. After a brief period of independence following the Russian the Russian revolution of 1917, Georgia was invaded by the Bolshevik armies in 1921 and incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1922.

    The independence of Georgia was restored in 1991. Like many post-communist countries, Georgia suffered from the economic crisis and civil unrest during the 1990’s.

    After the rose’s revolution, the new political leadership introduced democratic reforms but the foreign investment and economic growth witch followed initially have slackened substantially since.

    Georgia constitution is that of a representative democracy organized as a unitary, semi presidential republic. The country aspire to joint NATO and European union.

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