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TR: Turkey, It's Not Just For Christmas

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
03-13 January 2022

Got the opportunity to accompany Jonny Richards (no relation), Roving Editor for Fall Line Skiing Magazine on a trip to Turkey taking in

Ovit Mountain Backcounty
https://www.ovitmountain.com/

Then with these guys to whichever resorts are best, most likely Palandoken, Erciyes, Sarikamis

https://www.skiturkish.com/en/


So far

Bus
National Express
Cardiff - Stansted return
£40 (plus £10 for ski bag)

Flight
Pegaus Airlines
Stansted - Trabzon ; Erzurum - Stansted
£158 (Free carriage on the way out; £30 on the way back)

I'd booked 20kg checked luggage each way for an additional cost. Won't do that again.


Insurance
BMC, 11 days
£94

No PCR or LFT needed for entry in to Turkey as long as you're fully vaccinated

Pre-ordered PCR for return code for £20
Expert Medicals

Ovit has 59cm forecast
https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Ovit-Mountain/6day/mid

Will try to update as we go Smile


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Result!!!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Sounds great Very Happy
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Thanks Mike. Can't wait for your next report.
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
DAY 1

Uneventful and slick bus journey to Stansted.

Pegasus great.

Bag came in at 18.7 kg and they waived the ski carriage.

Had three seats to myself on both legs of the journey.

No way to charge phone during flight so if you have documents digitally on phone make sure you have battery power for getting through passport control.

Stayed at Air Suite Hotel, Trabzon for the night
2 bedroom apartment
£15
100 yards from arrivals area


DAY 2
Ovit sent a driver to the hotel this morning to bring us up to the mountains (£65 rt)

Then snowcat for the last 8km to the lodge.

Brand new lodge (2nd season of operation)
Spacious, comfortable
Great guest rooms

Hasn’t stopped snowing since we arrived

35cm and counting (10pm)

No sign of stopping but blowing a Gale

Will be interesting to see if there’s any play tomorrow


EDIT

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYlC2C2qtLL/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYn6YkLDmAc/


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DAY 3

Always listen to your guide.

After a wild night and snow loading up to 1m in places, we woke to clear skies and barely a breath of wind.

The three of us set off at 7am skinning above the hotel, accompanied by two dogs.

Gentle track and gentle pace (we started at 2640m) and as the sun crested the peaks we were in place to ski back to the hotel for breakfast.

Light, fast, stable and deep.

After breakfast we went back to the same zone but this time we were ferried up by snowmobile. Pretty wild at times.

Skiing was still great.

Long lunch then went out to catch sunset up high.

Glorious

Cracking first day.


EDIT

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYqwXR2jfcu/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYttCr3KUow/


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Glorious. Cracking first day
Photos? (Otherwise we won't believe you're there Laughing)
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Mike Pow wrote:
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So will have to wait until my return


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DAY 4

Started the day with a tour again.

Quicker on the up because the skin track was consolidated.

Climbed to a vantage point where you could see the Black Sea then 800m of vert in boot top powder back to a late breakfast.

The afternoon was spent doing snow sled shuttles of some north facing slopes for around 250m a lap.

Sun was out all day, the snow was fast & smooth.

Cracking second day
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Uhhhhh highly envious! snowHead Can't wait for the photos.
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You know it makes sense.
DAY 5

Pre-dawn sled assisted ski tour to the cirque lining the south facing slopes above the hotel.

Lasha, our Georgian guide, Jonny and myself touring above the drop off zone.

Çaka, the owner and sled driver, and Armi, videographer, filming us by drone on the up & down.

Amazing light and fantastic turns.

800m vert on our first run.

Then a second sled shuttle to the staging area from which Jonny and I toured up to the area we hit yesterday.

Spot of late breakfast then another 800m vert run back to the hotel.

Magic.

Long, relaxing lunch then we had 4 sled laps (no touring) of approx 350m vertical in the ‘Lakeside’ area.

Interesting, varied turns through rock gullies and natural half pipes down to the frozen lake.

One of the best days skiing I’ve had.

Cracking third and final day at Ovit Mountain.

An idea of the quality of the light; some of the terrain; and the quality of the snow on our morning tours.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CYYRnFfl0Ad/?utm_medium=copy_link
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
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Great, interesting thread. Thanks Mike
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Please scroll back through this thread.

I've added links to images and video from my Instagram account for the relevant days.

Will continue to add links and continue the TR as and when I process the images and video.
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