EXPERIENCE OVIT BACKCOUNTRY
Situated atop the scenic Kaçkar mountains of Turkey, Ovit is a paradise waiting to be discovered. After traveling up the wild Ikizdere (twin rivers) valley from Rize you will find yourself at your own private mountain resort. With untouched snow as far as the eye can see and professional guides to show you and your friends all the best lines. Come explore our 30,000 acres straddling the ancient silk road.
LEARN WHY WE LOVIT!
The charm of the Ovit Highlands Is not only its mountain faces and powdery snow. Ovit is home to unique species of plants and animals and rooted with a deep cultural history. Our land has been maintained by the same family for 9 generations, but it is only now being explored for winter use. The history of this rare natural plateau has just begun to be written!
2640 boutique hotel
Our hotel is situated on an alpine plateau at 2640m (8660ft) making it one of the highest elevation hotels in the world. Enjoy magnificent alpine sunrises and sunsets from large south facing lounge. Enjoy local cuisine or your familiar favorites prepared by our Chef. And take pride in being one of the first adventurers to experience a winter at Ovit.
SNOWMOBILE SHUTTLES TO THE BEST PEAKS
Access your dream by snowmobile!
Our top of the line fleet of snowmobiles help us access lines deep within our 30,000 acre area. Our experienced drivers will carry you safely to the top of untracked faces. You don’t need to be an experienced snowmobiler, we will teach you all you need to know for our drivers to taxi you to the top.
We also offer snowmobile specific packages if you want to learn the skills necessary to pilot your own snowmobile in the backcountry.
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About Ovit Experience
WHAT LEVEL OF SKI OR BOARDING ABILITY DO I NEED?
You should be an strong intermediate/expert rider. There is no beginner backcountry terrain. (We do have 1 surface lift, 1 beginner piste and 1 snowpark daily passes available at the hotel desk)
For backcountry you should have some experience off-piste and be able to handle deep powder snow in the backcountry.
All efforts are made to group guests with similar abilities. The best way to ensure that you get the best experience is to organize a whole group of friends and arrive together.
We reserve the right to restrict guests from skiing or snowboarding if they are not able to safely keep up with the group. No refunds are available for these guests.
HOW MANY RUNS WILL I SKI/RIDE?
As many as you can. We try to ski as much as the ability of the group will allow.
A typical day might have you ski 7 to 12 runs per day. We try to give our guests a full day – about 7 hours.
The ride up provides an important few minutes for you to relax and catch your breath.
WHAT ARE THE RUNS LIKE? HOW STEEP?
We are deep in the Kaçkar Mountains – there’s a lot of variety and both moderate and steep terrain.
All of our terrain is above treeline, a true alpine backcountry area.
We will begin all groups on moderate terrain to asses ability.
Weather and snow conditions rule, as well as the riding ability of the group.
If you want to ride super-fast, score the most laps, or shred the really wild stuff, we can help you organize a private tour. But we recommend you organize a group of friends with expert ability.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
Ovit Mountain is located in the Kaçkar Mountain Range – the snowiest mountains in Turkey!
The alpine elevations (2640-3400m) see between 15-30m of snow each year between October and May. The Hotel (2640m) gets about 10m of snow from early December to early April.
We open for Backcountry riding January 1, but may take reservations for earlier weeks depending on snow conditions. Keep up with our webpage and social media announcements to stay updated.
This is a rough guide only. Mountain weather can change rapidly and vary significantly year to year.
Be prepared for all mountain weather conditions, no matter what time of year you book with us.
Good and bad conditions can happen at any time during the season. We try to keep skiing/riding as much as the conditions allow and have fun no matter what. We cannot tell you when to book, or guarantee fantastic deep snow on a particular date.
No refunds or rain checks are given for any reason.