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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY CAT/SNOWMOBILE-SKIING
1, 4 & 6-day Packages & Customised Packages

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
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USD 2,907
Discover one of the world's newest cat ski operations at Ovit Mountain in northeast Turkey. From your boutique hotel at 2,640m (8,660ft) altitude, explore 30,000 acres of untouched snow by snowcat & snowmobile, led by professional local guides. Choose a package or fully customise for your best dates & duration ...
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Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing

Overview

Discover one of the world's newest cat ski operations at Ovit Mountain in northeast Turkey. From your boutique hotel base at 2,640m (8,660ft) altitude, explore 30,000 acres of untouched snow by snowcat & snowmobile in your 'private' ski area. Led by professional local guides, ski descents of over 1,200m vertical from summits as high as 3,450m. Choose a 1, 4 or 6-day all-inclusive package or fully customise your cat-ski tour to suit your best dates & duration.

Regardless of duration, all tours are fully inclusive of hotel accommodation in the Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel, all meals, guided cat/snowmobile skiing, full avalanche safety equipment and return transfer to Trabzon airport. All you need to bring is your ski or snowboard gear and your sense of adventure. The number of runs completed in a day is 'unlimited'. That said, it is only limited by daylight and the group's capacity & willingness to continue!

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Where is Ovit Mountain?

Ovit Mountain is located in a high pass in the Kaçkar mountains of northeast Turkey. The hotel is on the old Silk Road from Iran to Trabzon harbour, which is on the Black Sea coast, 123km by road to the north of Ovit Mountain. The closest major airports are at Trabzon (TZX) , Erzurum (ERZ) and Batumi (BUS)(in Georgia). A new airport is being constructed at Rize, and once completed will make a convenient place to access Ovit Mountain, shortening travel times to the area by 20min. Transfers from Trabzon airport are included in the price, and take 1¾hr to get to the hotel. Transfers from Erzurum cost a little extra and take 2hr to the hotel. Transfers from Batumi in Georgia take over 3hr and the price is available on request

Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing
Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing Tour
Ovit Backcountry Cat Skiing

Snow & Terrain

The ski & snowboard terrain at Ovit Backcountry consists of a range of peaks rising up to between 3,200 & 3,450 metres altitude. The mountain snowpack is heavily influenced by abundant moisture from the storms across the Black Sea to the north. Reliable snow fall ensures a season runs from the start of December through to the end of March. Operation of the snowcats into April is dependent on the quality of snow available and is judged later in the season.

From the summits immediately above the hotel runs of around 800m vertical & 4km length are possible. Pitch can be as steep or mellow as the group wants. The further one ventures from the hotel, the more the possibilities expand. Average length of a run and average vertical drop. Descents as long as 7km are possible down the entrance of the Ovit Tunnel. Most terrain is above the tree line. Tree-skiing is possible on the longer descents and in very good snow conditions.

Ovit Backcountry ran its first season using snowmobiles to shuttle guests up the mountains. These are still used and can get skiers higher than the snowcat. Snowcat maximum elevation in the region is about 3,200m, whilst a snowmobile, or a little touring on skis/splitboards can reach up to 3,450m. The snowcat is generally used for large groups and when the weather is poor, other wise the snowmobiles are the preferred uphill conveyance.

Itinerary

Once you have arrived at the hotel, each day will be a new adventure. Your guide will choose the day's location based on the group’s ability, snow & weather conditions, avalanche risk and of course ........ the group's wishes! You can choose to do other activities such as ski-touring or snowmobiling as well. To get a sense of the program see the Itinerary tab.

Lodgings & Food

Accommodation on the tour is at the delightful Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel. A range single, double, twin, and triple rooms & suites are available, all with en-suite bathrooms. Food is freshly prepared by the hotels' chef and can be local cuisine or your familiar favourites as you wish. A full bar is available for guests (drinks at bar prices) and the hotel lounges are perfectly placed to enjoy magnificent alpine sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of a sofa. For detailed information & photos on accommodation & food, see the Lodging tab

Snowmobiles, Snowcats & Safety

Ovit Mountain operated brand new Prinoth Husky snowcats with super-comfy, well-ventilated cabin for season 2022. Floor to ceiling windows in the snowcat cabin, a far cry from older style snowcats allowing for comfortable transport for large ski groups and when the weather is poor. Two guides accompany each cat/snowmobile ski tour day. The guides will be one skier & one split-boarder. Maximum guide/guest ratio is 2:10.

Your safety is the first priority at Ovit Mountain. Each guest will be outfitted with the latest avalanche safety equipment (including an avalanche airbag backpack) and be instructed in its proper wear and use. The guides focus on safety every step of the way throughout the day on the mountain.

Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing
Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing Tour
Ovit Backcountry Cat Skiing

Typical 6-Day Cat Ski Package Itinerary

Arrival Day

You will be picked up from Trabzon airport (or Erzurum) and transported by your local hosts to the lodgings at the 2,640m high Ovit Pass. Opportunity to relax, enjoy the scenery, the bar & lounge, plus meet with your mountain guides and discuss the coming days of freeriding. Distribution & training of avalanche safety gear can occur to save in the morning.
Included meals - Dinner

Days 1 to 5 - Cat Ski & Board Days

Following breakfast, if it hasn't happened the previous day, avalanche safety gear will be distributed and training provided in its use. Aside from that, every day will follow the same program, unless alternative arrangements have been made. Your guide will choose the day's location based on the group’s ability, snow & weather conditions, avalanche risk and of course ........ the group's wishes! You can ski & ride as much as your group can handle for as long as there is light! Relax or go hard - your choice. Options to try some ski-touring with skins or skiing by snowmobile. At the end of each day, relax & enjoy a sauna & expertly crafted après drinks at the hotel before a delicious dinner.
Included meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks

Day 6 - Final Cat Ski/Board Day & Departure

After a day's riding, departure is in the afternoon of Day 6 (unless you have, booked to stay another night and enjoy some more great Ovit Mountain hospitality!) Return transfer to Trabzon or Erzurum.
Included meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks

Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing
Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing Tour
Ovit Backcountry Cat Skiing

Ovit Mountain Lodging & Dining

Accommodation

All tour packages include accommodation at the Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel, owned & operated by the same management as Ovit Mountain Cat Skiing. Located in Ovit Pass at 2,640m elevation, the hotel is ski-in ski-out. It may be remote in winter, but the hotel is perfectly sited as a base for cat-ski adventure into the untracked surrounding mountains. Rooms are large, comfortable & modern with options for singles, standard doubles, twins, triples & suites. Additional facilities include a lounge, bar, fitness room, laundry service & sauna. The restaurant & bar have floor to ceiling views of the mountains and is the centre of the hotel's lively social activities. The cat skiing base is located directly at the hotel.

Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel
Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel
Ovit 2640 Butik Hotel

Food & Drink

All meals (including snacks for 'out in the field'!) are included in the tour price and are prepared fresh in the hotel kitchen. Breakfast includes a selection of eggs, pastries, breads, fruit, cereals, spreads, juice, coffee & tea, whilst lunch can either be a cooked meal in the hotel (soup, salad, pasta, meat & vegetable dishes) or taken with you as a picnic on the mountain. Dinner is a moving feast of the best local cuisine - meat based & vegetarian meals are available. The chef will prepare a multi course meal of local cuisine that will tantalise the taste buds, or provide your familiar favorites if you choose.

An extensive house bar will satisfy any of your liquid refreshment desires, with drinks at bar prices. After skiing enjoy an apres-ski drink and relax in the lounge to watch the sunset over the mountains and regale your new friends with tales of the day's adventure! The bar has a full list of wine, beer spirits and cocktails made expertly by the bartenders.

Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel
Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel
Ovit 2640 Butik Hotel

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

6-Day Package (6-days cat/snowmobile skiing, transfers, accom, meals etc): from €2,850/person twin-share or $3,400/person single room
4-Day Package (4-days cat/snowmobile skiing, transfers, accom, meals etc): from €1,850/person twin-share or $2,450/person single room

Inclusions
  • GUIDED CAT SKIING/BOARDING: 6 days fully guided cat/snowmobile skiing
  • ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights boutique hotel lodgings (twin-share)
  • ALL MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks during the tour
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Round trip from Trabzon Airport (TZX) <—> Ovit Mountain
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY GEAR: ABS backpack, shovel, probe & beacon (plus training how to use it)
  • SMALL GROUP: Maximum 10 guests (guide/guest ratio 2:10)
  • OTHER PACKAGES: Single or 4-day cat/snowmobile skiing packages available also.
Add-ons
  • EXTRA ACCOMMODATION & FULL BOARD: Boutique hotel lodgings plus all meals - from €200/person/night (twin-share)
  • OTHER AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Round trip from Erzurum Airport (ERZ) or Batumi Georgia <—> Ovit - price on request
  • EXTRA CAT/SNOWMOBILE SKI DAYS: €310/person
  • SKI RENTAL: Powder skis - €40/day
  • DRINKS: Available at bar prices at the hotel
  • SNOWMOBILING: Tour, ski or play around! (Price on application)
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Booking & Cancellation Policy

The operator will inform you of the current terms and conditions related to bookings and cancellations upon enquiry.

Any contractual arrangements as a result of this booking enquiry are directly with Ovit Backcountry and is subject to their terms and conditions.