Georgia

In the town of Gudauri you can catch a twin turboengine MI-8-MTB-1 helicopter which can carry a capacity of four tons. The cabin seats 24 passengers so there’s plenty of room for your board. There’s good snow and lots of varied terrain. www.alpintravel.ch has been running trips here since 1989 so it can’t be all bad.

The best thing about heliboarding here is that the price of around 3000 euros will get you a week long trip with a vertical descent guarantee of 15,000 meters, a hotel with sauna and pool, food and most importantly a transceiver and ABS avalanche airbag system. Runs are between 1,500 m and 4,200 m, the average run being 800 to 1,200 m long, which is small in comparison to many places but then so the cost.