Skiing in Turkey
Winter sports resorts in Turkey are generally located in forested mountains of average height. The following ski centers are easily accessible by road or by Turkish Airlines or by other low cost flights.
Bursa - Uludag: This ski center 36 km south of Bursa and 150 km from Istanbul is accessible along a good asphalt road or by cable-car. The ski area lies between 1800-2500 meters and the best season is from December to April. A wide range of accommodation is available in hotels, family chalets and apres ski facilities. At the resort there are chair-lifts, ski-lifts, slalom and giant slalom courses, beginner's slopes, ice skating, and a small hospital. The total lenght of ski tracks is about 20 km, and the longest one is about 2,000 meters. Skis, equipment, and instructors are available for hire. Total bed capacity is over 4,500.
Kocaeli - Kartepe: One of the newest ski resorts of Turkey, located near Kocaeli province and at about 115 km east of Istanbul. There are several chair lifts, ski lifts, cable car, and a 5 stars hotel at the resort with 800 beds capacity. The ski tracks ranges between 400 - 3500 meters in length. Skis, equipment, and instructors are available for hire. The best season for skiing at Kartepe is from December to April.
Antalya - Saklikent: Situated on the north-east of Bakirli dagi on the Beydag mountain range, 50 km north west of Antalya, at a height of 2000 meters. Accommodation is available in guest house and chalets and there are restaurants, shops and a supermarket. The best season is from January to April. The special attraction of this centre is that in March and April one can ski in the mornings, then drive down to the coast and swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean in the afternoons.
Bolu - Kartalkaya: This resort situated on the Istanbul - Ankara highway 50 km from Bolu. It's surrounded by pinewoods and the ski area lies between 1500-2200 meters of altitude. Hotels have a total capacity of 1250 beds at the moment and with new investments it will be taken up to 3500 beds in the near future. There is a swimming pool, ski-lift and equipment for hire, and ski instructors are available.
Erzurum - Palandöken: This center is 6 km from Erzurum, lying at an altitude of 2200 to 3100 meters with some of the longest and most difficult courses and best snow conditions in Turkey, making it an ideal location for international ski competitions. In February 2011 the Winter Universiade Games (Olympic games for university students) was organized in Palandoken. Accommodation is available at several ski lodges and hotels with a total capacity of 2100 beds, which will reach at 8850 beds in the future. Restaurants, chair-lifts and ski instructors and equipment for hire are available at the resort. Lately several big hotels are built in the area and there are also a number of hotels in Erzurum city. December to April is the most suitable season for skiing at Palandoken. The longest ski track is about 12 km and the total length of all tracks is about 28 km.
Erzincan - Bolkar: Situated at 40 kilometers to Erzincan city center, there is a 1100 meters long and 200 meters wide medium-hard track, with a 1200 people per hour capacity teleski and a baby-lift. Best season is between December and April. Mountaineering is also possible here.
Erzincan - Ergan: Situated at a distance of 25 kilometers from Erzincan airport and located at about 3,250 meters on Munzir mountains, Ergan will be a new ski resort for this area. The works are still going on and when they're completed it will have modern lifts and slopes as well as accommodation facilities.
Kars - Sarikamis: Situated near Kars at 2250 meters and 50 km to the airport, this ski center has very good courses located between 2200-2900 meters of altitude and ideal snow conditions. One can stay in the town itself or at the 60 bed capacity centrally heated ski lodge with ski-lift. Ski instructors are available. Best season for skiing is December to April. The area is also noted for its hunting.
Agri - Bubi: It is 18 km to Agri city center but it isn't developed much as a big resort yet. Its season is between December and April and it gets approximately 1-2 meters of snow. There is a 1227 meters long teleski with a capacity of 600 persons per hour. Another skiing area is 4 km to Eleskirt district with 1650 meters long and 1000 people per hour capacity detachable chair telesiege. Skiing track is 1200 meters long and 250 meters wide.
Kayseri - Erciyes: This ski centre lies at 2150 meters on the eastern face of Erciyes Dagi, Tekir Yaylasi (plateau), 25 km from Kayseri. The season is from November to May and there are good ski slopes, a ski-lift and baby-lift, ski instructors and equipment are available. Mountaineering is also possible here. At the moment the resort have a total of 510 bed capacity but with new investments it's targeted to reach 5000 beds in the future.
Ankara - Elmadag: This is a lovely place to relax, 23 km out of Ankara, to get fresh air and to dine far away from the chaos and air pollution of the city. There is a 10 room (33 beds) hotel, chalets (130 beds), a pleasantly decorated a-la-carte restaurant, a snack bar, discotheque, and parking. Best season is between January and March. Skiing track is 900 meters long and 250 meters wide, with a 548 meters long teleski having a capacity of 720 people per hour.
llgaz Mountain: Situated between Kastamonu and Cankiri provinces, at the junction of the Istanbul - Kastamonu and Ankara - Kastamonu roads. It's 210 km to Ankara and 460 km to Istanbul. In the Ilgaz National Park amidst beautiful woodlands the slopes lie at 1820-2000 meters. There are picnic facilities, chalets (50 beds) and good hunting in the area. The actual total capacity of the beds is 920, with new investments it will be taken up to 1300 beds.
Bingöl - Kurucadag: Situated at Yolcati district of Bingöl, is a small skiing area approximately 25 km to the city center. The season is between February and March where skiers stay in mountain chalet's. On 1000 meters long skiing track there is a 925 meters long telesiege with a capacity of 500 people per hour. It's easily reachable by road with buses as well.
Zigana - Gumushane: This center is 30 km from Gumushane, and lies at an altitude of 1870 meters above a pine forested valley. There is a ski-lift, cafeteria and a restaurant. Actual bed capacity is only 40 but it's planned to reach 470 beds in the future. The season is from December to the end of April.
Isparta - Davraz: This center is about 20 km from Isparta and lies at an altitude of 1650 meters. The total bed capacity in the accommodation facilities is about 460 but soon with new investments it will reach about 1600 beds. There are several ski tracks ranging between 1650-2250 meters of altitude, ski lifts and chair lifts. The season is from December to the end of April. Mountaineering and trekking is also possible at Davraz.
There are some other smaller skiing areas in Turkey such as Hasandagi in Aksaray, Kop mountain in Bayburt, Akdag in Ladik - Samsun, and Yildiztepe at Kadincayiri in Cankiri - Ilgaz. Future plans are to develop these resorts as well as adding new skiing resorts in other areas of Turkey. The total bed capacity at various Turkish ski resorts was around 7,700 beds by the end of 2010, but with future investments and govenment plans it's planned to reach 65,000 beds in the future.