Accommodation included

3-days of Cat Skiing Freeride in Kackar Mountains

January - March

About the place

The only camp in all of Turkey. Exclusive snow groomer, base in the heart of the Kaçkar Mountains surrounded by peaks reaching up to 3,500 m above sea level, the longest snow groomer runs in exceptional snow quality. All under the supervision of a ski guide from the Turkish Alpine Federation.

The location

With Kackar Dagi (3931meters), the fifth highest peak in Turkey, the Kackar Mountains are the highest part of the Pontic Mountains. Our home base is in the town of Olgunlar. This is where the road stops, and all we can see around us are high mountains with peaks of 3,500m.

  • Mostly wide open terrains with an average slope of 25 degrees
  • There are a lot of couloirs going down the valley. Some are steep and rocky, while others are wider and longer.
  • Distant, sparse woodland that serves as a safety net when visibility is low

In the winter, Olgunlar has only one building remaining open: our guesthouse. In contrast, the neighbouring village of Yaylarar, where we will frequently finish our freeride, has a grocery shop and roughly 50 residents in winter.

Accommodation

3 nights in a double room at the Kackar Pension, a charming place with 15 double/twin rooms. Each has an en-suit bathroom, but the shower doesn’t have a shower cabin, which is unusual for many. 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). We check in and spend the afternoons 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 single 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.

You will stay one night (the day before departure) in a high-quality hotel in the heart of Erzurum, where they provide delicious and varied cuisine.

The price includes

  • Guiding by a ski guide from the Turkish Mountaineering Federation (TMF)
  • 3 nights in a double accommodation in the middle of the Kackar Mountains in Turkey
  • 1 night in a high standard hotel in the heart of Erzurum’s city centre
  • Kackar Pension offers 3 buffet breakfasts and 2 two-course dinners.
  • One fantastic breakfast (with more than 30 options to select from) in the heart of Erzurum
  • 1 special meal at the end of the camp in the centre of Erzurum
  • 3 days full of cat skiing with a approx. 9,000 metres of altitude during the trip.
  • 2 hour presentation of the terrain, opportunities, and hazards
  • Transfers: airport – Kackar Pension, Kackar Pension – Erzuzrum Hotel, Erzurum Hotel – airport
  • Spare snowcat ready to go! If a snowcat breaks down, the group moves right away to a second one. No one misses a day in Powder Days!
  • Snowmobile: If someone gets hurt, we are the only providers in Yaylarar with a sledge and a snowmobile to get them to a hospital.
  • Gifts from Turkey SnowCats
  • Unlimited Turkish tea 😉

Who is it for

The Snowcat Freeride Camp in Turkey is for those who:

  • Are in correct shape and fitness level, which means that they can finish three 1,000-meter-high 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, which means they can ski easily and quickly in different snow conditions in open terrain (broad terrain) with slopes of up to 35 degrees and in woodland and couloirs with slopes of up to 25 degrees without falling
  • Good knowledge of avalanche safety and gears

Would you like to personalise the camp to your needs and skills? Write to us, and we’ll make you a special offer.

Schedule

Day 1

  • At 8:00 PM — we’ll pick you up at the airport in Erzurum and take you to the hotel in the Kackar mountains.

Day 2 – 3

  • 7:30 to 8:30 — Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 to 15:00 — on the first day, we do avalanche and safety training. After that, we get on the snowcat and, just like on the other days, explore more than 100 square kilometres of space with woods, couloirs, and, most importantly, open steep slopes with an average angle of 25 degrees. In case of bad weather, we have a large, sparsely forested area right next to us. We will spend most of our time riding in the valley between the Yüncüler Pass and the town of Yaylarar, which has many slopes and big open fields.
  • 18:30 — Two-course meal
  • 20:30 — Recap of the day and announcing the next day’s plan

Day 4

  • 7:00 to 8:00 — Buffet breakfast
  • 8:00 to 13:00 — Last day of catskiing
  • 14:00 to 18:00 — Transfer to the hotel in Erzurum
  • 18:30 — Accommodation in a high-quality double room in the city centre and a gala dinner

Day 5 

  • 8:00 to 9:00 — there will be an out-of-this-world breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the guests get transferred to the airport.

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 of the group.

On the last day, it is possible to spend the day at the Ejder 3200 World Ski Center (on the slope, freeriding if the conditions allow, or ice climbing) with a guide. The cost of the additional fee depends on the number of people who want to participate, i.e. it is priced individually

Booking

Payment is divided into two instalments:

  • First instalment – payment within 10 days of booking – 30% of the amount for the course
  • Second instalment – is paid on the day the camp begins – 70% of the amount
  • Check trip terms and conditions
DatePriceAvailability
03/02/2024 – 7/02/20241290 eurofully booked
6/02/2024 – 10/02/20241290 eurofully booked
24/02/2023 – 28/03/20241290 eurofully booked
02/03/2024 – 06/03/20241290 euro5 places available
05/03/2024 – 09/03/20241290 euro5 places available



    FAQ

    Is it possible to book a place as a single person?

    • Of course, at each camp we divide the group into two smaller ones so that the level of people and expectations are similar.

    Can I book an individual camp?

    • Sure! You can book a camp at the price shown above if you gather 10 individuals. However, if you can gather a group (12 people) then each participant will receive a 10% discount! If you would like to book an individual camp with a smaller group or a customised programme, please ask us for an individual offer.

    When is the best skiing season?

    • The season lasts from January to mid-April! The highest dry snowfall (powder) is until March, while from March to the end of April the avalanche conditions are more stable and allow you to reach the highest peaks.

    When do you have to pay the deposit?

    • The deposit must be paid within 7 days of registration and the remaining amount 60 days before the planned ski camp.

    What is the level of experiance of the participants?

    • It is without question that you need to be experienced in off-piste skiing, the Kackar mountains are not the place to take your first turns off the pre-prepared piste. We divide each group according to their level and expectations, so that everyone gets the kind of skiing they feel comfortable with.

    Details:

    • When: January - March
    • Accommodation: included
    • Price 1290 euro

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