The winter facilities in Turkey compete with their counterparts in Europe by offering an unforgettable winter holiday. Beside of skiing and staying at a qualified hotel, the attractions of the resorts has increased so far.
The main ski resorts that lie on Turkey’s most magnificent mountains are waiting for you to visit and enjoy winter.
Uludag Ski Resort
Uludag Ski Resort is within the borders of the Marmara region of Turkey. The distance to Bursa city center is 36 km. It is the most popular ski resort with its high quality since it was declared a national park in 1961. The diversity of accommodation facilities and proximity to major cities continue to make this resort favorite. During the winter season, it hosts various festivals and feasts. Apart from skiing, you can experience snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating, and bigfoot. At the same time, the transport facilities such as ski lifts and teleskines in the area of the hotels provide to spend an adventurous winter vacation in Uludag.
Erciyes Ski Resort
Erciyes Ski Resort is 25 km away from Kayseri city center. Its track is highly advantageous for skiers as there many peaks at the altitudes of 1800 and 300 meters. December and March are the most productive periods for skiing in the resort. It has accommodation facilities for every budget along with camping areas.
The strengths of the Erciyes Winter Sports Center include the ability to present a variety of tracks available to skiers at all levels, the availability of water reserves for artificial snow production and the distance to the airport, which is 25 minutes away.
Kartalkaya Ski Resort
Located 38 km from the center of Bolu, this excellent ski resort lies on Koroglu Mountains. Kartalkaya has become one of the favorite centers in terms of winter tourism in Turkey. Having magnificent pine forests, mild climate and accomodation facilities are among highlights. The 3 big hotels, which are very close to the center, are preferred with good quality and comfortable services. Hotel prices varying based on the season are quite reasonable. The hotels are renovating its facilities every year and endeavors to please holidaymakers. Snowboarding can also be done in this center as it has a special snowboard piste in European standards.
Kartepe Ski Resort
With its close location to Istanbul (distance: 115 km) and Lake Sapanca, Kartepe ski center is noteworthy for a winter holiday in Turkey. Reaching the summit from the city center only takes about half an hour. In addition, it’s possible to stay in a 5 star hotel or in a small pension depending on your budget. The facility, which has a total of 12 pistes, also provides lift, ski lift and telesco services. Daily ski tours are another option for the travelers. You can take advantage of the snow season from December until the end of February.
In sum, the center which also has artificial snow systems can be a powerful alternative for those looking for a winter holiday close to Istanbul.
Palandoken Ski Resort
Palandoken is Turkey’s largest ski resort with a bed capacity of 2466. The center’s most attractive feature is that it has the world’s second longest and steepest ski slope. Another important advantage is that the Palandoken Winter Sports Center is only 7 km away from Erzurum city center and the transportation is very easy. Thanks to the international organizations that it hosts, popularity of the resort increases day by day.
Sarikamis Ski Resort
Sarikamis Ski Resort is located in the province of Kars and is visited by ski enthusiasts from all over the world. With a snow depth of 1.5 meters, the resort appeals to both amateur and professional skiers. Special alpine crystal snow type is available here. Furthermore, having 2 luxury hotels and providing ski lifts and teleses services make the center become one of the world’s favorite ski resorts.