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Ovit Mountain Backcountry Snowmobile Skiing

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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SNOWMOBILE-SKIING
2 or 3-day Packages | Full Private Custom Tours

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 2-night package with twin share lodging (2024 rates)
Base/invoice currency is in EUR inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,231
Discover snowmobile assisted backcountry skiing at remote Ovit Mountain in northeast Turkey. From your boutique hotel at 2,640m (8,660ft) altitude, explore 30,000 acres of untouched snow, travelling by snowmobile, led by professional guides. 2 or 3 day packages on weekends, or fully customise a package for your group..
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Ovit Mountain Snowmobile Skiing

Overview

Discover the amazing backcountry terrain by snowmobile 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 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 2 or 3-day all-inclusive package or fully customise your tour to suit your private group's best dates & duration.

Regardless of duration, all tours are fully inclusive of hotel accommodation in the Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel, all meals, guided snowmobile skiing, full avalanche safety equipment and return oversnow transfer to the Ovit Tunnel. 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), Rize (RZV)(brand new!), Erzurum (ERZ) and Batumi (BUS)(in Georgia). The new airport at Rize, is a convenient place to access Ovit Mountain, shortening travel times to the area by 20min. Transfers from Trabzon & Rize airports are at an additional cost, but can be organised by Ovit Mountain. The cost per person is dependent on the number of people in the vehicle, and takes 1½ to 1¾hr to get to the Ovit tunnel, where you will be picked up by snowmobile for the final leg to the hotel. Transfers from Erzurum cost a little extra and take 2hr to the Ovit Tunnel. Transfers from Batumi in Georgia take over 3hr and the price is available on request.

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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 snowmobiles is from the start of February to the end of March.

From the summits immediately above the hote,l 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, and the longer the length of a run and vertical drop. Descents as long as 7km are possible down to 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 snowmobiles, (or a little touring on skis/splitboards) can reach up to 3,450m in good snow conditions.

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 of very spacious 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, Safety & Fitness

Oversnow transport and the backcountry skiing is accessed using snowmobiles (& a bit of ski-touring if you are up for it!), with the guest riding either on the backseat for fast journeys up the hill. For larger groups, one guest will sit in front of the driver (who is standing on one side step), whilst another guest will stand on the opposite side step. Both guests have handholds, but it requires some strength.. Two guides accompany each day tour. 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.

Whilst Ovit Mountain can cater for all ski/snowboard abilities, as the region is high alpine backcountry, the snow can be variable and weather can be challenging. Riding the snowmobiles is still physically taxing. To get the most out of the experience, skiers/snowboarders should have strong ability on the snow and be physically fit.

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Typical 2 or 3-Day Snowmobile Ski Package Itinerary

Arrival Day (Thursday or Friday)

if you have arranged an airport transfer with the tour operator, you will be picked up from Trabzon airport (or Rize) and transported by your local hosts to the lodgings at the 2,640m high Ovit Pass. From the Ovit Tunnel, transport is by snowmobile for the last 10km. Once the hotel, opportunity to relax, enjoy the scenery, the bar & lounge, plus meet with your mountain guides and discuss the coming days of freeriding. Distribution of avalanche safety gear & training can occur to save time in the morning.
Included meals - Dinner

Days 1 to 2 or 1 to 3 - Snowmobile 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. Lunch will had out on the mountain and consist of chef made sandwiches and a beverage. Options to try some ski-touring with skins to get to some higher locations as well. 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 2 or 3 - Afternoon Departure

Following a day of skiing, return oversnow transfer to the Ovit Tunnel and then on to your next destination or airport.
Included meals - Breakfast, Lunch

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Accommodation

All tour packages include accommodation at the Ovit 2640 Boutique Hotel, owned & operated by the same management as Ovit Mountain Backcountry 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 snowmobile-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 skiing base is located directly at the hotel, so ski days start as soon one leaves the building!

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

Food & Drink

All meals are included in the tour price and are prepared fresh in the hotel kitchen. Breakfast is full Turkish spread and 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 more likely taken with you as a picnic on the mountain. Dinner is a moving feast of the best local & world 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. For dinner, the price includes a starter, a main, a salad, and a dessert from the à la carte menu.

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 (2024)

2 or 3-Day Weekend Snowmobile Assisted Ski Packages

  • 2 Nights Full Board Accommodation at 2640 Hotel for 2 Half Days Snowmobile Backcountry
    Single Room: €1,240
    Double Room: €2,280 (€1,140 per person)
    Check-in on Friday, Check-out on Sunday
  • 3 Nights Full Board Accommodation at 2640 Hotel for 3 Half Days Snowmobile Backcountry
    Single Room: €1,560
    Double Room: €2,840 (€1,420 per person)
    Check-in on Friday, Check-out on Sunday
  • 2 Nights Full Board Accommodation at 2640 Hotel for 2 Full Days Snowmobile Backcountry
    Single Room: €1,840
    Double Room: €3,480 (€1,740 per person)
    Check-in on Friday, Check-out on Sunday
  • 3 Nights Full Board Accommodation at 2640 Hotel for 3 Full Days Snowmobile Backcountry
    Single Room: €2,610
    Double Room: €4,940 (€2,470 per person)
    Check-in on Thursday, Check-out on Sunday
  • Inclusions
    • GUIDED SKIING/BOARDING: 2 to 3 Full or Half-days guided snowmobile skiing
    • ACCOMMODATION: 2 to 3 nights lodging at 2640 Boutique Hotel (twin-share)
    • ALL MEALS: Full board - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • OVERSNOW TRANSFER: From Ovit Tunnel <--> 2640 Hotel
    • AVALANCHE SAFETY GEAR: ABS backpack, shovel, probe & beacon (plus training how to use it)
    • SMALL GROUPS
    Add-ons
    • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Trabzon Airport (TZX) or Rize (RZV) <—> Ovit Tunnel - from €32/person, one-way
    • SINGLE ROOM: From €50/night
    • POWDER SKI RENTAL: From €65/day (depending on availability)
    • EXTRA SNOWMOBILE SKI DAYS: Price on request
    • EXTRA ACCOMMODATION & FULL BOARD: Boutique hotel lodgings plus all meals - price on request
    • DRINKS: Available at bar prices at the hotel
    Not Included

    Terms & Conditions

    As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Ovit Mountain, at the time of booking, and including, but not limited to, any T&Cs listed below. Any contractual arrangements as a result of a booking enquiry are directly with the tour operator and is subject to their terms and conditions.