For the third time we are now in Uzbekistan. The force of the first trip in 2014 was overwhelming. Both the quality of the dry powder and the monumental dimensions of the Tian Shan Mountains. On the other hand, it simply makes one take off from the socks in an antique bus of the air like the Russian MI-8 for heliskiing. An exotic experience that was sweetened by Alisha, who calls Uzbekistan's crack ass her own, during the filmically staged Heli-Dance. Just like Alisha, the film has somehow become a legend in the freeride and Social Media movie world (vimeo.com/88547754). Motivated like this, we had noble goals and new plans in our luggage for our second trip to Uzbekistan in 2015. Freeride-technically the whole thing became a no-show, because the MI-8 was not allowed to take off. A strict religious guardian in the Uzbek government authority, who issued the flight permits, had got wind of the fact that our crew is again in the approach. Probably the spoilsport in the air traffic control in Tashkent thought that we are this time with a whole Armada of strippers in the approach. Unfortunately we were not. Nevertheless the virtuous man pulled the emergency brake and withdrew our flight permission for our entire stay. He nailed us and our heliskiing excursions in MI-8 to the ground for our entire stay. Just as on the ground were we after this second trip to Uzbekistan February 2015. The topic Tian-Shan Powder and Central Asia seemed to be out of frustration and for a long time ticked off for us. But fortunately we have friends. One such is Mathias Andrä, who with his unique competence in Uzbekistan, Central Asia and Russia has so far organized all East Freeride trips for us. It was thanks to his penetrance that we set off on our third trip to Uzbekistan in February 2019. So, what can we say? The bad karma seems to have broken through. A downday directly at the beginning of the trip, heli-day and bluebird directly afterwards, then again downday and from Thursday on three days sun and another fat and fresh Uzbek powder under the planks. It's was really unbelievably great this third time here in Uzbekistan and on this current third trip we could feel the breath of change. After independence from the Soviet Union, i.e. from 1991 to 2016, during the 25 years of President Islom Karimov's reign, the country's domestic policy was practically dictatorial. During these decades, the parliament had little influence and public protests by the opposition were violently suppressed. No wonder Uzbekistan had an international reputation as one of the most repressive states in the world during Karimov's reign. But Karimov died in 2016. Since 14 December 2016, former Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been the new president of Uzbekistan. In the meantime, Uzbekistan is showing a lot of signs of political liberalization. A visa is no longer necessary for EU citizens, relations with neighbouring countries have improved, many political prisoners have been released, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visited the country for the first time and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development resumed its work. But much more important is: This new openness and freedom can be felt in everyday life, on the streets and among young people. Society is slowly evolving. Perhaps economic and economic developments will follow this liberalisation. The country is not poor. It’s main exports are cotton, gold and natural gas. Fortunately, Uzbekistan's mountains cannot be exported. The western foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains lie on Uzbek territory. These mountain ranges, which are over 4,000 metres high, are almost untouched and have largely spared infrastructure and traffic routes. The heart of this part of the Tian Shan can only be reached by helicopter. There are only a few weeks in winter, during which heliskiing with a single antique MI-8 helicopter of Russian design is possible here. You will be rewarded with extremely dry continental powder and with descents that are among the longest on this planet.