Skiing in Russia is an independent guiding company built with family and friends, specialising in customised exploration of the best skiing spots in Russia. We operate in Siberia and the Kamchatka peninsula, with skitouring/ski-mountaineering programmes, customised ski expeditions and heliskiing.

Established in 2012 by Grigory Mintsev, the first internationally certified Ski Guide in Russia (ACMG qualified), Skiing In Russia was the very first company to offer guided backcountry skiing and splitboarding trips in Russia for both Russian and international markets.

These days, we are proud to be the most experienced and reliable guiding company in Russia. And it is easy to prove - take a look at our guest’s testimonials, check our guiding team, and look around to see that there are no other companies offering the same programmes, with the same level of safety, quality and sense of adventure. We are committed to operating at the highest possible guiding standards in the industry.

Besides our skiing programmes, we offer assistance in filming and photography production, outdoor and ski events organization, avalanche safety consulting and educational courses.

All our team members are from Kamchatka or Siberia, and all fell in love with these places many years ago. Now we are happy to share our passion for this severe but wonderful lands with all our guests. We'll do our best to make your visit not just “another cool trip” but unforgettable Skiing in Russia adventure which will be with you forever. And it's very likely that you'll want to return.

Grigory Mintsev

He was born and raised in Kamchatka, and since childhood spent all his free time in Kamchatka wilderness. Besides guiding education, Grigory also got a university degree in Economics and Law, as well as some other useful education and skills as car mechanic, constructor and few others. Long time ago he has spent several years in Siberia, and fell in love in this wild and beautiful country. Since 2011 he is in Siberia every winter season, skiing powder and sharing the beauty of this place with our guests.

He is one of few Rus­si­ans who par­ti­cip­ated in the Ca­na­dian Moun­tain & Ski Guide Pro­gram, and he is the first and only Ski Guide in Rus­sia to be cer­ti­fied through the As­so­ci­ation of Ca­na­dian Moun­tain Guides (ACMG Ski Guide).

After several years of travels and guiding all over the world, now he is focused on developing of guided backcountry skiing programs in Siberia and Kamchatka and helping these regions to become popular and well know places through skiing enthusiasts all over the world.

Mariya Mintseva

Originally from Siberia, Mariya has spent many years exploring Siberian mountains and forests. A passionate backcountry skier, she also enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, mountaineering and a bit of surfing.

With a team of friends, she has explored the mountains of the Kuznetsky Alatau range in the Western Siberia, one of our special powder skiing destinations. In her short breaks between powder skiing, Mariya has climbed Belukha, the highest mountain of the mythical Altai range; skied one of the most amazing Kamchatka ski-mountaineering objectives - Koryaksky volcano; and travelled extensively throughout Russia, Europe and South America. Mariya has also been on the podium few times when competing in several local freeride contests.

As well as having a degree in Psychology, Mariya has worked widely in the skiing industry, including five years in European ski resorts as a coordinator of Alpine ski programs. She joined our office crew in 2011, bringing a huge amount of knowledge and experience.

Mariya is in charge of all communications and office duties. She will be the first person you talk with on your way to our destinations.

Dmitry Fedorchenko

Dmitry was born in a small Siberian village and having grown up there, the local woods and mountains were literally his playground. He started cross-country skiing at the age of three, then soon progressed to both snowboarding and Alpine skiing. He continued until he started studying Economy in Saint-Petersburg which forced him to put mountain sports on hold. However, before long he learnt that an office job was not for him.

We found Dmitry a couple of years ago in British Columbia, studying the Adventure Guide Diploma in Thompson River University – alongside shredding Canadian powder. Throughout these studies he spent some time as an apprentice guide in Snowy Mountain Skitour Lodge (Cariboo Mountains, BC). Dmitry has been part of our team since 2014, and is an absolutely indispensable member of the Siberian crew.

He is not only a guide for many of our Siberian destinations, but also an Operations Manager at Luzhba Skitouring Lodge. Once you arrive there, be sure that everything will work as well as a Swiss watch, if not more precisely. And yes, Dmitry is a Banya Master, as well as a specialist in local Samogon (home-distilled vodka with herbs and berries).

Alena Eckhardt

Raised in Kamchatka, Alena fell in love with cross-country skiing, which lead her way to becoming a top-ranked Kamchatka athlete. After a successful professional career, she found another passion - snowboarding. She has become a specialist in adventure travel organization, running an adventure travel company in Kamchatka.

Nowadays, she lives in a tiny mountain village in the South of Germany. She has returned to cross country skiing as a coach of the local junior team, but is also head of our German sales office. You can also meet Alena in the mountains where we operate, where she enjoys snowboarding and helps us to organize the best ever adventures.

Evgeny Dyachev

For this man, Lake Baikal and its surrounding mountains is the Mother Land. Evgeny started skiing aged three, and came to backcountry skiing at 17. Since then, he's had a life full of the outdoors and backcountry. But his passion is not only skiing; he also loves skyrunning, hiking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities.

Besides his education in Law, Evgeny works as a manager of sports events. The highlight of his career is a Russia Freeride Cup, which takes place in three different mountain ranges in Russia during the winter. You can imagine how excellent a manager you need to be to run such complex events! Evgeny is in charge of on-the-spot management of our skitouring and heliski operations in the Lake Baikal area, and he's happy to share his passion and love of the Siberian mountains with all our guests.

Once you arrive in Eastern Siberia, you can be sure you are in good hands.

Ludmila Figura

Truly Kamchatka local, with a passion to any kind of activities you can do on peninsula. From mountaineering to backcountry skiing, from hiking to sea kayaking, from biking to surfing, you can meet her everywhere in Kamchatka. But only when she is not busy with organizing all kinds of Kamchatka adventures. And believe us, she is very good in this stuff.

Ludmila is also a semi-professional photographer, check out her Instagram!

Once you arrive to Kamchatka, be sure, you are in good hands.

Whether we can take you early season powder skiing in Siberia, astonishing skitouring in Kamchatka or provide services so you can achieve another goal in the mountains we take huge satisfaction in seeing your happy faces at the end of a great day.

We look forward to seeing you in our mountains.