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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY CATSKIING
8 Day | 7 Night | 4 or 5 Catski Days | 1 or 2 Off-piste Resort Day

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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Experience the best cat skiing operation in Türkiye & enjoy amazing snow, terrain, cuisine, culture & hospitality on a week long adventure in the Kaçkar Mountains near Erzurum. Join a fixed date tour or get a group of friends together for a private custom tour ...
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Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains

8-day Catski & Resort Off-piste Packages in Northeast Türkiye

Overview

One of the longest cat skiing lines in the world, a base in the heart of the Kaçkar Mountains surrounded by peaks reaching up to 3,500 metres, exceptional snow quality owing to the closeness of the Black Sea, and the care of IFMGA and TMF ski guides. These are just some of the highlights of a catskiing trip to Türkiye. Experience an unforgettable adventure across Turkey’s most snow-covered region!

Cat skiing packages are available from December to April, and tours have a maximum of 12 skiers/snowboarders. Week-long tours run on varying dates and include 4 or 5-days of cat skiing and 1 or 2-days resort freeriding, but all start & finish in the city of Erzurum. All meals, transfers & transport are included from the moment you are met at the airport. You will be blown away by the fabulous Turkish cuisine and a final farewell gala dinner on the last night which is spent in the fascinating city of Erzurum.

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Location & Transfers

For cat-skiing, the lodge & base are located in the Kaçkar Mountains in the village of Olgunlar in north-eastern Türkiye. The closest major city & airport is Erzurum, around 4hr drive away. Each tour will start and finish in a hotel in Erzurum. All ground transport from/to Erzurum airport, the local hotel & the cat-ski lodge is included in the package. Erzurum Airport (ERZ) can be reached by domestic flight from Istanbul (IST). Direct flights to Istanbul are from most major European, Nth American & Middle-eastern airports.

Ski Terrain, Vertical & Itinerary

With the fifth highest peak in the country (Kaçkar Dagi 3,931meters), the Kaçkar Mountains are the highest part of the Pontic Mountains in eastern Türkiye. The home base for the cat-skiing part of the tour is in the very heart of these mountains, in the small village of Olgunlar, situated at 2,140m altitude. This is where the road stops, the fun begins, and all one can see around are high mountains with peaks up to 3,500m. The ski terrain here has everything, but tours will mostly utilise the huge amounts of wide-open alpine bowls with an average slope of 25 degrees, allowing for good avalanche safety. For greater challenges when the snow is stable, there are a lot of couloirs going down into the valley. Some are steep, narrow and rocky, while others are wider and longer. Well-spaced woodland serves as a safety net when visibility is low.

Depending on the tour program chosen, one or two days will also be spent exploring the off-piste terrain at Konakli Ski Resort and/or Palandöken Ski Resort (combined as Ejder 3000) near Erzurum. These ski areas provide some excellent inbounds & lift-accessed sidecountry freeride terrain in a high alpine setting.

To view the full programs, see the Itinerary tab.

Snow Quality

The season lasts from end of December to end of April. The highest, cold, dry snowfall (powder) is until end of March. In April, the snow becomes more stable and allows descents of the steepest slopes. It's also a great time to combine freeriding and ski-touring

Lodging & Meals

Lodging on each tour is split between 2 or 3 nights in a quality hotel in Erzurum, and 4 or 5 nights at the cat-skiing base in Olgunlar.

During winter, the village of Olgunlar has only one building remaining open: your guesthouse, Kaçkar Pansiyon, located at the 'end of the road' surrounded by peaks over 3,500m. In contrast, the neighbouring village of Yaylarar, where the group will frequently finish their freeride, has a grocery shop and roughly 50 residents in winter. The tour includes 4 or 5 nights in a double room at the Kackar Pension, a charming place with numerous double/twin rooms. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, but the shower doesn’t have a shower 'cabin', which may be unusual for some. The standard is hostel-like, however guests have given the facility a high rating overall (9.6 on booking.com and 4.6 on Google maps). Afternoons are spent in the hotel lounge. There is WIFI, but the signal isn’t very strong, so it doesn’t always work. Most of the time, you have to go out to a nearby hill to talk on the phone. The guesthouse is maintained by a local family, and breakfasts are served buffet style, with largely farm-fresh goods such as butter, cheese, and jams. Dinners are usually made up of two courses, so everyone will leave feeling full. Lunch is usually taken picnic style in the field and includes large meat or vegetarian sandwiches. This is Türkiye - no one goes hungry!

You can't buy alcohol at the pension, but guests can order different types of alcoholic drinks and the owner of the pension will bring it up from the larger nearby town.

First and last night will be spent in Erzurum at the Grand Çatalkaya Hotel (or other hotel of similar standard), a high-quality hotel in the heart of Erzurum, where they provide delicious and varied cuisine. A gala farewell dinner is included in the tour price.

Snowcats & Guides

Turkey Snowcats operates two new Pistenbully snowcats with cabins for 15 people (only 12 guests per tour though). One is used for the day's tour, whilst the second is a backup snowcat, which is prudent given the remote nature of the location.

Snowmobiles are on hand to assist in any emergencies or breakdowns that may occur.

All guides have expert local knowledge & are qualified with the TMF (Turkish Mountaineering Federation) or IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations). Guide to clients ratio is 1:6

Ski Ability & Equipment

It is without question that you need to be experienced in off-piste skiing to participate in this tour. The Kaçkar mountains are not the place to take your first turns off the pre-prepared piste. The correct shape and fitness level means that you:
• can finish three 1,000-meter-vertical descent ski rides a day in variable snow conditions.
• can enjoy a dramatic and trouble-free ride on prepared and groomed black-track slopes, which may include areas that are both steep and narrow.
• have intermediate or advanced off-piste skiing experience and can ski easily and quickly in different snow conditions in open terrain (broad terrain) & woodland with slopes of up to 25 degrees and couloirs with slopes of up to 35 degrees without falling.

Good knowledge of how to use your avalanche safety equipment is essential.

Each group will be divided according to their level and expectations, so that everyone gets the kind of skiing they feel comfortable with. You need to bring all of your own ski and snowboard equipment.

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Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Türkiye
Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Turkey
Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Türkiye

Itinerary Options for 8-day Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains

PROGRAM 1: 5-Days Catskiing, 1-Day Ski Resort Freeride (€2,380)

Your program begins the evening of the arrival day at Erzurum Airport. The airport is reached via flights from Istanbul (IST). You will spend the first day in Erzurum (1,950m) surrounded by Palandoken mountains (up to 3,271m). After a day of off-piste riding in the local ski resort you will be transported to the snowcat base - Olgunlar, staying in Kaçkar Pansiyon. Located at 2,120m altitude, the closest inhabited village during winter is Yaylalar, just 3km down the road.

Day 1: Arrival Day

Arrival in Erzurum, transfer to hotel, for welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Resort Freeride Day & Transfer to Catski Base

Freeride at Konakli or Palandöken Ski Resort. Lunch on the mountain and at 16:00hr transfer to Olgunlar in the Kackar Mountains. After dinner in the evening, avalanche & terrain lecture/discussion. Overnight at Kaçkar Pansiyon (hotel-pension).

Day 3: Avalanche Training & Cat Skiing

Avalanche training and catskiing till evening. Overnight at Kaçkar Pansiyon.

Days 4-6: Cat Skiing

Full days catskiing. Overnights at Kaçkar Pansiyon.

Day 7: Cat Skiing & Transfer to Erzurum

Around 5 hours of catskiing and then transfer to Erzurum after lunch. In the evening, dinner and hammam. Overnight in a high-quality double room in the Erzurum city centre.

Day 8: Erzurum & Departure

You will experience an out-of-this-world breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Erzurum airport for departure.

Please keep in mind that the guide has the right to change the route and schedule of the trip based on the weather, snow conditions, and the skills/fitness of the group.

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Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Türkiye
Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Turkey
Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Türkiye

PROGRAM 2: 4-Days Catskiing, 2-Days Ski Resort Freeride (€1,990)

Your program begins the evening of the arrival day at Erzurum Airport. The airport is reached via flights from Istanbul (IST). You will spend the three nights in Erzurum (1,950m) surrounded by Palandoken mountains (up to 3,271m) and four nights in the heart of the Kaçkar Mountains near Yaylalar.

Day 1: Arrival Day

Arrival in Erzurum, transfer to hotel, for welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Resort Freeride Day

On-piste and off-piste freeride skiing in Palandöken Ski Resort (in the resort you will also find a snow-park and ice climbing as well). Lunch on the mountain. Overnight at Erzurum hotel

Day 3: Resort Freeride Day & Transfer to Catski Base

Off-piste skiing in the best freeride resort in Turkey - Konakli. After skiing, lunch and transport to Yaylalar. Overnight at Kaçkar Pansiyon (hotel-pension).

Day 4: Avalanche Training & Cat Skiing

Avalanche training and catskiing till the end of the day. Overnight at Kaçkar Pansiyon.

Days 5-6: Cat Skiing

Full days of cat-skiing. Overnights at Kaçkar Pansiyon.

Day 7: Cat Skiing & Transfer to Erzurum

Around 5 hours of catskiing and then transfer to Erzurum after lunch. In the evening, dinner and hammam. Overnight in a high-quality double room in the Erzurum city centre.

Day 8: Erzurum & Departure

After an incredible breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Erzurum airport for departure.

Please keep in mind that the guide has the right to change the route and schedule of the trip based on the weather, snow conditions, and the skills/fitness of the group.

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Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Türkiye
Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Turkey
Cat Skiing Freeride Kaçkar Mountains, Türkiye

Rates & Inclusions

Rates (2025)

8-Day Package Options
4-days catskiing & 2-days off-piste resort skiing from €1,990
5-days catskiing & 1 day off-piste resort skiing from €2,380

Inclusions
  • CATSKIING: 4 or 5 guided catski days
  • RESORT FREERIDE: 1 or 2-days guided freeride skiing/snowboarding in Ejder 3000 (Palandöken and/or Konakli)
  • ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights double occupancy lodging (4 or 5-nights in Kackar Pension, 2 or 3-nights in Erzurum hotel)
  • MEALS: All meals during the tour
  • TRANSPORT: All ground transport during the tour including airport transfer (from/to Erzurum)
  • GUIDES: Guides are certified IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) or Turkish Mountaineering Federation (TMF) (minimum guide/guest ratio 1:6)
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Beacon, shovel, probe
  • SAFETY: Spare snowcat & snowmobiles available for emergencies & breakdowns
  • TURKISH TEA: Unlimited Turkish Tea :-)
  • SMALL GROUP: Maximum 12 guests per tour
  • GIFT: Gifts from Turkey SnowCats
Add-ons
  • ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: Alcoholic drinks can be purchased on your behalf from the nearby village.
  • AVALANCHE AIRBAG BACKPACK: Mandatory for all particpants. Available for rent for €10/day
Not Included

TERMS & CONDITIONS

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, 'Turkey Snowcats sp. z o. o.', at the time of booking, and including, but not limited to the 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.

General Terms and Conditions of 'Turkey Snowcats sp. z o. o.'

Organizer

The organizer of the trip (payments and reservations) is Turkey Snowcats sp. z o. o. with its registered office at ul. Urzędnicza 62/10 in Kraków, Poland, identified by the REGON number 526328940 and the NIP number PL6772498865.
The executor of the trip (organization of all tourist activities in Turkey) is Snow Cats TURIZM VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI registered at KARSIYAKA MAH Street. ADNAN MENDERES FIND. YILDIZLAR A BLOCK SITESI YILDIZLAR A BLOCK NO: 32 İÇ KAPI NO: 5 KUMLUCA / ANTALYA, Turkey.

Payment

Payment of the first and second installment is made in EURO by transfer to the account of Turkey Snowcats sp. z o. o., Urzednicza 62/10, Kraków, Poland.
The first installment is 30% of the price of the purchased package - payable by transfer within 7 days of signing up.
The second installment is 70% of the price of the purchased package - payable by transfer 60 days before the camp start date
To receive a VAT margin invoice, please report this information at the time of registration

Booking

To register a ski touring or freeride trip:
1. Send a report: By sending an e-mail with the number of people registered, advancement level (short description of experience) and selected date to [email protected] Send your application by completing the form on our website
2. Pay an advance payment (30% of the trip amount) within 7 days from the moment of approval by our reservation offices. Failure to pay the advance payment within 7 days will result in the cancellation of the reservation.
3. Confirmation of the advance payment should be emailed. 
4. Sign an agreement for the provision of tourist services between us and the client.

Cancellations Policy

1. If you cancel up to 120 days before departure, you will receive a 100% refund.
2. If you cancel up to 60 days before the departure date, you will lose the advance payment, i.e. 30% of the total trip.
3. If you cancel less than 60 days before the departure date, you will lose 100% of the amount, but: You can sell your trip to anyone. You can purchase trip cancellation insurance. Insurance is an additional fee and costs 5% of the trip value. If you are interested, please contact [email protected] We treat postponing the departure as equivalent to resignation.

Refund Policy

During the freeride camp:
In the purchased offer, we guaranteed the number of descents (in the form of the number of vertical meters) made during the trip. If the contract is not fulfilled due to our fault (groomer failure), we will refund the price difference in accordance with our individual training price list.
If the number of meters has not been skied due to the client's fault (lack of fitness, poor downhill skills, stay in a guesthouse), there is no right to a refund.
During the ski touring camp:
In the purchased offer, we have written a specific ski tour program, but we must emphasize that the guide has the unquestionable right to change the tour route due to snow or weather conditions.
If the client decides to return to the guesthouse sooner or stay at the guesthouse on a given day, he or she is not entitled to a refund.

Risk

Our priority is safety. We operate in high mountains, where the highest rainfall is recorded in Turkey. Operating in such conditions always carries a risk that we cannot completely eliminate, but we reserve the right to change the program due to weather or snow conditions.