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Monday, March 11, 2013

Turkey Ski

To help choose the best Turkish Ski Resort for you, we detail 11 Ski Resorts in Turkey and rate them according to their suitability for Beginners, Intermediates and Expert Skiers, Families and Apres-Ski. You can compare altitudes, vertical descents and historical snow records to get a complete picture and - whether you like your off-piste steep and deep, or your pistes long and cruisy


Skiing in Mt Palandöken

Mt Palandöken - Turkish Ski Resort (2100m to 3192m)
One of the highest ski areas in Turkey with some of the country's toughest skiing, making it a venue for international competitions (FIS approved pistes). The resort stands above one of the world's oldest cities, 6000 year old Erzurum. Recently redeveloped with new chair lifts and Turkey's first gondola (new in 1998) greatly increasing the skiable area. There are gfour hotels slopeside, including four and five star options with all amenities and excellent value.


Skiing in Erciyes

Erciyes - Turkish Ski Resort (2215m to 2774m)
Located on Mount Erciyes, an extinct volcano and the highest peak in Central Anatolia, there were originally two lodges sleeping up to 285 but there has been largescale lift development including a gondola and half a dozen chairlifts since 2010. The overnight temperature drop at this high altitude creates very good snow conditions for the latitude. Heliskiing and year round glacier skiing with the local mountain peaking at 3916m. The chairlift ascent takes 45 minutes.

Skiing in Sarikamis

Sarikamis - Turkish Ski Resort (2200m to 2634m)
Located in an attractive pine forest, with a ski season that can begin in November, Sarikamis is also noted for it's hunting. There's a 60 bed ski lodge by the slopes.

Skiing in Uludag

Uludag - Turkish Ski Resort (1767m to 2322m)
Pronounced oo-la-dar, the biggest resort in Turkey is close to the sea and historic sites and is surrounded by a 600-year-old national forest. High-value skiing with the option of heli-skiing on the Zivre Peak (2543 M ).

Skiing in Kartalkaya

Kartalkaya - Turkish Ski Resort (1500m to 2255m)
One of Turkey's internationally unknown centres offers skiing for all standards in the picturesque pine forests of the Koroglu National Park. Located 38km south of Bolu City cedntre, the ski area reaches 2400m high on the Koroglu Mountain.

Skiing in Davras

Davras - Turkish Ski Resort (1650m to 2250m)
Davras Ski Centre is located near the Mediterranean city of Isparta and close to the village of Egirdir. The ski area is located between a “Golden Triangle” of crystal clear lakes and operates a double chairlift is 1121m long.
The Sirene Davras Ski And Wellness Hotel had 123 deluxe rooms includes 46 family rooms, open buffet restaurant, Anatolian Steak and Kebab Restaurant, night club and disco, lobby and snack bars, wellness club, shopping arcade, bowling, cinema, games and computer rooms.

Skiing in Saklikent

Saklikent - Turkish Ski Resort (1500m to 2135m)
Located in the Beydag mountain range, there are guest houses, chalets, shops and a market here, and the added attraction in March or April of an optional afternoon dip in the Mediterranean.

Skiing in Ilgaz

Ilgaz - Turkish Ski Resort (1870m to 2030m)
Turkey's newest and most rapidly improving ski centre now has a five star hotel. Located in the Ilgaz National Park and owned by the Turkish Directorate of Forestry. Situated right in the heart of Ilgaz Mountain National Park, covering an area of 1088 hectares, this resort has a reputation for its natural beauty. Due to the ideal climate of the region skiers can enjoy fairly long skiing season and the excellent powder snow. With the opening of Kastamonu Airport ( just 20 km away) and 14 km of new slopes planned, this long ignored place will soon become popular.

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