There are more than 40 ski spots in Turkey, but some of them are not suitable for all levels, some of them are inadequate in terms of facilities. In my opinion, people visiting Turkey should go skiing in the best and largest ski resorts. That’s why I would like to address the most satisfactory ski destinations both in terms of ski tracks and facilities in this article. I will give information about transportation, accommodation, best timing, eating facilities, slopes, lifts and prices for the best ski resorts in Turkey. Here is the insider’s guide to Turkey’s best ski resorts.
Best Ski Resorts in Turkey
The best ski resorts in Tturkey are Uludağ, Kartalkaya, Palandöken, Erciyes and Sarıkamış. Now, let’s get into the details.
Bursa Uludağ Ski Resort
How to get to Uludağ Ski Resort? The nearest city center to Uludağ is Bursa and Bursa is not very far away from Istanbul, around 2.5 hours. You can take a bus going directly to Bursa and then you can reach Uludağ from Bursa by taking the direct cable car. The cable car ride lasts half an hour.
When is the best time for Uludağ Ski Resort? In normal seasonal conditions, best time to go to Uludağ for skiing is from the beginning of December to the end of March.
Food Facilities in Uludağ Ski Resort: In Uludağ, you can benefit from the restaurants and cafes of the hotels even if you do not stay in there. There are also cafes on the top, for example Belvu Cafe is one of them.
Where to stay in Uludağ Ski Resort? There are a lot of options in Uludağ for accommodation as it is the oldest ski resort of Turkey. There are two regions in Uludağ and there are 34 accommodation facilities in total in these two regions. Ağaoğlu My Mountain Hotel, Beceren Hotel, Fahri Hotel, Grand Yazıcı Hotel are the hotels I have known for a long time. Recently La Chalet Yazıcı, BOF Hotel, Kaya Hotel, Karinna Hotel are very popular.
Slopes and Lifts in Uludağ Ski Resort: Uludağ Ski Center starts from 1750 meters, the highest lift is at 2322 meters. There is 1 gondola, 10 chair lifts and 13 teleski lines. The longest ski run is Tutyeli track with 2750 meters and the total of all slopes suitable for all levels is 28 km.
Prices in Uludağ Ski Resort: Skipass price for a flexible 6-day perios is 600 TL, you do not have to use flexible tickets in a row. There is a discount for children born in 2010 and younger, but there is no sale for longer than 3 days, the price for 3 days is 280 TL. Apart from these, if you buy a daily pass online, it is 170 TL, otherwise 195 T, 100 TL for children, 120 TL for 4-hour pass, 195 TL for 10 times pass. Ski and snowboard rental price is between 100-130 TL, clothing rental is 50 TL per piece. Sausage bread + drink is 50 TL.
Bolu Kartalkaya Ski Resort
How to get to Kartalkaya Ski Resort? Kartalkaya is located 40 km from Bolu, 190 km from Ankara and 300 km from Istanbul. You can reach the mountain with tours, local bus companies and minibuses.
When is the best time for Kartalkaya Ski Resort? In normal seasonal conditions, best time to go to Kartalkaya for skiing is from the beginning of December to the end of March.
Food Facilities in Kartalkaya Ski Resort: In addition to the restaurants at the hotels, Morino Cafe and Drop Lounge are some of popular places where you can go.
Where to stay in Kartalkaya Ski Resort? As far as I know, there are 5 hotels in Kartalkaya: Grand Kartal, Kartal Hotel, Dorukkaya Ski & Mountain Resort, Kaya Palazzo Ski & Mountain Resort and Lodge Golden Key Kartalkaya.
Slopes and Lifts in Kartalkaya Ski Resort: The ski center is at 1800 meters and the highest lift is at 2255 meters. There are a total of 25 slopes suitable for all levels in 2 different ski areas, with a total length of 35 km. There are 3 chair lifts and 9 teleski lines.
Prices in Kartalkaya Ski Resort: Skipass prices are 200 TL for unlimited pass on weekdays and 250 TL on weekends. Ski rental prices are 130 TL per day. Private ski lesson for one person is 350 TL for 1 hour.
Erzurum Palandöken Ski Resort
How to get to Palandöken Ski Resort? Palandöken is located only 5 km from Erzurum city center and 17 km from the airport. You can reach Erzurum by bus, by rail or by plane.
When is the best time for Palandöken Ski Resort? In normal seasonal conditions, best time to go to Palandöken for skiing is from the beginning of November to the middle of May.
Food Facilities in Palandöken Ski Resort: You can use the hotels restaurants in Palandöken. There are also a few cafes, but I think they are closed due to the pandemic.
Where to stay in Palandöken Ski Resort? The most popular hotels in Palandöken are Sway Hotels, Dedeman Palandöken Ski Lodge Hotel and Dedeman Palandöken Resort Hotel. Since the ski center is close to the city, staying in Erzurum may be a more budget-friendly option, but personally, I always prefer to stay in the mountains.
Slopes and Lifts in Palandöken Ski Resort: The ski center is at 2200 meters and the highest lift is at 3176 meters. There are 27 slopes suitable for different levels, the longest slope is 12 km and the total runway length is 28 km. There are 1 gondola, 5 chair lifts and 1 teleski line. The slopes are open between 8:00 and 17:30. Night skiing is also possible on some slopes.
Prices in Palandöken Ski Resort: Skipass prices are 15 TL for a single pass, 100 TL for 10 passes, 80 TL for daily unlimited at weekdays, 95 TL at weekends, 35 TL at night, 100 TL day and night together at weekdays, 110 TL at weekends. Ski rental prices are between 135 – 205 TL per day, snowboard 165 TL.
Kayseri Erciyes Ski Resort
How to get to Erciyes Ski Resort? You can reach Kayseri by plane or bus. The ski center is 25 minutes away from both the airport and the city center. There are shuttles to the ski center in front of the airport and from some points in the city.
When is the best time for Erciyes Ski Resort? In normal seasonal conditions, best time to go to Palandöken for skiing is from the end of November to the end of April.
Food Facilities in Erciyes Ski Resort: I think Erciyes is the richest place among ski resorts in terms of eating and drinking options. Tekir Sucuk House, Yörem Mantı Sucuk House, Lifos Cafe Mountain House and Magna Apex are some of the places you can go.
Where to stay in Erciyes Ski Resort? Some hotels you can stay in Erciyes are Magna Hotel, Ramada Hotel, Mirada Del Lago Hotel, Mirada Del Monte, Grand Eras Hotel, Ace Kite Hotel and X-Mountain Lodge Erciyes.
Slopes and Lifts in Erciyes Ski Resort: The ski center is at 2150 meters and the highest lift is at 3400 meters. There are 34 slopes suitable for all levels and the total length of the track is 100 km. The longest runway is 2736 meters long. There are 2 gondolas and 17 chairlift lines. Night skiing is possible on some ski runs at weekends.
Prices in Erciyes Ski Resort: Skipass prices single pass 0-12 age 14 TL, adult 17 TL, 7 pass 0-12 age 70 TL, adult 85 TL, 14 pass 0-12 age 100 TL, adult 120 TL, 30 pass 0-12 age 180 TL, adult 225 TL. You do not have to use these tickets at once, you can use them whenever you want in the same season. Ski rental prices are 100 TL per day, snowboard 120 TL, sled rental price is 25 TL for one hour.
Kars Sarıkamış Ski Resort
How to get to Sarıkamış Ski Resort? You can go to Kars by train, by plane or by bus. You can reach Sarıkamış by municipal buses from Kars city center or minibuses from the bus station. The distance between Kars Airport and Sarıkamış ski center is 60 km.
When is the best time for Sarıkamış Ski Resort? In normal seasonal conditions, best time to go to Palandöken for skiing is from the beginning of December to the beginning of April.
Food Facilities in Sarıkamış Ski Resort: In Sarıkamış, there are two places for your eating and drinking needs, called Karanlık Dere Café and Orta Café.
Where to stay in Sarıkamış Ski Resort? Some of the most popular hotels in Sarıkamış are Sarıkamış Habitat Hotel, Ekinata Grand Toprak Hotel and Snowflake Mountain Hotel. If you want, you can stay in Kars or Sarıkamış city center.
Slopes and Lifts in Sarıkamış Ski Resort: The ski center is at 2130 meters and the highest lift is at 2635 meters. There are 7 slopes suitable for all levels and the total length of the slopes is 25 km. The longest runway is 3500 meters long. There are 4 chair lift lines. In Sarıkamış there is the crystal snow structure, which is also found in the Alps, so ski and snowboard lovers are pleased with the quality of snow. Night skiing is also possible on som of the slopes.
Prices in Sarıkamış Ski Resort: Skipass prices are 10 TL for a single pass, 60 TL for 10 passes. Daily unlimited cards are 50 TL on weekdays, 70 TL on weekends, and 80 TL the day + night together if you are going to ski at night. Daily ski rental price is 80 TL, snowboard 90 TL. Private ski lessons for one person 250 TL for 1 hour.
These are the best ski resorts in Turkey, I hope you like this article. Actually there are many more ski spots in Turkey but I just wanted to write the best ones. Have you ever been to ski resport in Turkey? Are you planning a ski holiday in Turkey? If you have any questions or additional information please feel free to comment below.
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