Down the volcano to the ocean

Downhill volcano sand across the black volcanic sand. It was specially created for Kamchatka for nine months. It was not a sophisticated trails and parks.

Down the volcano to the ocean

Alexander Moroz is a Russian International Winter Snowboarding Champion (champion), Master of Sports, alumnus of the Russian School of Tourism, and Chairman of the General Snezhnaya Dolina LLC. Kamchatka's snowboarding scene started over 20 years ago Thanks to them, the legendary winter sportsmen including Travis Rice and JP Solberg, etc. In 2007, Moroz has been retired since he retired. He knows how to do it.

First time on virgin snow

"It happened a bit earlier. I’ve been a little bit older. We’ve been a little bit older. Once we jumped away from a helicopter: It was a little time when it was raining. It was a little bit like a snowboarding ... out of this! How could we go about it. At that time there were no business models, training sessions, or coaches like we have now. This is what we were good at.

In 1999, I have entered into all the world. Iceland, Alaska, Canada, and Chile. We decided to follow up with the chalets in the mountains. Close to the area. We have been driven by sheer enthusiasm, As a result, I’m going to partner with us. We realized that we'd made a mistake. That was 2001. We gained our first experience and realized how to proceed. We built our first house in the Verkhne-Paratunskaya Valley and the Columbus heliskiing club. It is still a bit longer. You can’t get wasted money.

Super snowy

We spent three years exploring the wind. The X-raynum has been designed to estimate the cost of water and wastewater. Mutnovsky volcano are the snowiest in Kamchatka.

Take a look at the snow map. We get up to 3.5 meters of stable snow cover. That's it and it’s fantastic! Close to hot springs and just 60 km away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

There is a snow cover on the volcano until mid-April. That's why skiing and snowboarding camps here. In 2007, when we launched the project, we set out the concept of year-round operation. It would not be a clear decision. Xnumx% of the region practically died out. Of course, we occasionally saw ice fishermen and some casual skiing tourists. But at that time, there was no thought. 97 – 1.5 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––. It has been a rainy day, it has been a rainy day.

Apart from our company, Vertikalny Mir was already open in Kamchatka; they were offered heliskiing. At the time it was a major tourist company while we were just starting out. But we didn’t follow in their footsteps. Nowadays there are three major tournaments: Vertikalny Mir (Vertical World), Zateryanny Mir (Lost World) and us.

We currently have 25 permanent employees at our mountain sports base. I don’t support the concept of workers in tourism, despite the fact that the companies work that way. If you want to work as a worker, do you really want to work? 2 months and have no worries about the future. "It would be a very next day, they would like to rotate jobs that way."

It is wild here!

In Russia there are no places for skiing and snowboarding which can be compared to Kamchatka. There are places for heliskiing: for example, the Caucasus Mountains. But it’s not a problem. That's why people gather in Abkhazia. Here you can have an action on the volcano, walk along the sea, bathe in hot springs, etc. Kamchatka has a lot of interesting natural sights within a small territory. You won't find it anywhere except here. Competitive advantage, as it is a competitive advantage, is only temporary. If you’re not in front of a peninsula, you’ll turn into a negative image. If you’re a little bit different, you can’t even think about it. I'm not talking about Russians. Our population is 157% 30% are economically active and generate gross product. And only 15% Now you do the maths. I'm focussing on the whole world, not only Russia. If you don’t have any level of service It is a nice wild place, but there is nothing there. Go to Kamchatka; if you want service, go to Canada or Alaska.

Each year we get 450 tourists on package tours. We’re getting backpackers. In peak season, our hotel has an occupancy rate of

90 – 100%. We are not a hotel. The campsite for health camps and preventative clinics. The final stage is camping sites, etc. Our tourist base concept is more than just accommodation and board. We are not interested in that. We sell a complex tourist service that includes various activities. In the Snowy Valley, we offer: heliskiing / heliboarding, backcountry skiing, ski tours, snowmobile tours, fishing, rafting, trekking, volcano ascents, etc. We have our own vehicle park. That's why I put the package tourists into a separate group. Others fill rooms, use our services and rent vehicles. Half of our customers are foreigners. Sometimes 50 / 50. Mainly from Europe because they have easier access. To a lesser extent, because of the difficult logistics. Nowadays we are starting to travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan.

Rockfaces topped with powdery snow

Kamchatka tourism is a promising niche which has not yet been fully exploited. When compared to the aforementioned Krasnaya Polyana, investors in Kamchatka have been identified. In the initial stage, you can invest in a lot of money. Until the situation changes, we will not have any large-scale investment and development projects. It is easier to build a hotel, let's say, near Sochi than in Kamchatka. It would take a lot of money to pay for it. Petersburg can afford a weekend away. Add to that clear season, logistics, cheap construction materials - the list goes on. Any investor, following the rectangle pattern, will start to study the pros and cons. Where you’ve reached a place for investment in Kamchatka - it's too expensive, too long, too confusing.

However, everything with evolutionary prospects eventually develops. The fishing industry is developing. The metal mining industry is developing. They are absent in Kamchatka. The USSR is long gone. Baikal-Amur Mainline or Baikonur. Nobody diverts rivers. Everybody makes economically feasible decisions. Or they follow their passion. Leading them to Kamchatka, for example. If you’re on a trip, you’ll find out how to get a lot of people. It makes it possible to There it is.