This small mountain village is located in the east of the Kaçkar Range , in a beautiful valley at an altitude of 1900m . A few people live here all year round, totally isolated during the long winter months.


There is a mountain inn in this small corner of paradise that is open for us throughout the winter.

We regularly drop in for a typical Turkish lunch and sometimes stay overnight with groups wishing to experience a night of authentic Turkish hospitality.

As in Ayder and Ikizdere, our helicopters land right next to the hotel. We also have a cache of emergency rescue equipment and fuel at the inn.

We access the village by helicopter or on skis. There are various descents in this area, some of which finish up right in front of the hotel. Skiing right to the hotel through superb pine forests is a truly awesome experience!



The Kaçkar Mountains, the birthplace of snowboarding!

Many people claim, rightly or wrongly, to have played a crucial role in the development of snowboarding, while some even claim to have invented it. And there is evidence of the existence of snowboards in the 1920s.

Yet it would appear that men have been standing on planks of wood and sliding down the slopes of the Kaçkar Mountains, in the northeast of Turkey, since well before the start of the 20th century.

We headed for the small Ikizdere valley to find out more and perhaps even board with these Turks who no-one had even mentioned before. The welcome that awaited us in the village was extraordinary. As is traditional, we drank tea with our hosts.

Then came a truly unforgettable moment for everyone.

Outside the mosque we joined the village's inhabitants as they took to their snowboards from a bygone age.

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Turkey Heliski
1936 Verbier
Tel +41 27 771 72 50
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