high altitude mountains of Turkey have made the
country an important centre for winter tourism, and
skiing is becoming increasingly popular.
AĞRI - Bubi
ski resort is on the mountain of Bubi, in Eastern
Anatolia, 18km south-west of the centre of Agri.
are flights from Ankara and Istanbul, and transport
from Agri to the resort is only by private vehicles.
ski season runs between December to April. The area
has a terrestrial climate, and the resort is covered
with alpine meadows, which is covered with 1-2m of
snow in the winter.
There is a ski lodge belonging to the Agri City
Directorate, and a café. There is a T-bar and
ANKARA - Elmadağ
Elmadag Ski Resort, which is on the northern slopes of
Elmadag mountain range, is a few kilometres south-east
of the centre of Ankara, which has made it more
just 18km from the city, and close to the airport,
there are many private vehicles going to the resort.
The resort is on the northern slopes of Elmadag
between the altitudes of 1500-1850m. The area is
treeless and covered with alpine meadows. The season
runs between January and March, with a terrestrial
climate, and snow thickness between 30-60cm.
There are government-owned ski lodges, plus two
restaurants, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, disco and
restaurants. The T-bar has a 548m route, and the ski
run is at an easy/medium level.
is 50km west of the centre of Antalya, in the Beydag
mountain range, with an altitude of 2550m. Because of
its close proximity to Antalya, it is one of the few
places in the world that people can ski in the
mornings, then swim in the sea in the afternoon.
resort can be reached from the centre of Antalya by
bus, taxi or a hotel service vehicle in one hour.
altitude for the skiing areas is between 2000-2400m,
with a snow depth between 0.5-1m and a short season.
There is a pension with 14 beds, a restaurant, café
and local coffee-houses. There are two T-bars, and two
ski runs at easy/moderate level.
BİNGÖL - Yolaçtı
resort is 25km outside the city centre of Bingol, in
Central Eastern Anatolia.
Bingol is well connected to all areas of the country
by bus. The nearest airport is at Mus, around 80km
east. Private vehicles go from the city centre to the
city has a terrestrial climate, and the skiing season
runs between December and March.
The ski lodge has a 50-bed capacity, and Bingol city
centre is generally used for medical and other
services. The ski run is 1km, with routes for
beginners and advanced skiers. There is a T-bar with a
lower station at 1650m, and the upper one at 1890m,
with an average gradient of 25%.
BİTLİS - Center
is in the far east of the country, in Eastern Anatolia
around 20km south-west of Lake Van, and the skiing
area is inside the city.
city is 1100km from Ankara, 1504km from Istanbul,
1465km from Izmir and around 200km south of Erzurum.
The nearest airports are at Mus (85km) and Van
(160km). Bitlis can be reached from anywhere in the
country by bus.
resort has temperate terrestrial climate and the
season runs between December and April. The area of
Bitlis gets snow continuously in the winter, which had
a depth of 1-2m. The areas for skiing are Dideban
(1821m) and Sapgor mountains east of the city, and
Altinkalbur at the west.
addition to the ski lodge inside the resort, there is
much more accommodation and other services in the
city. The resort at Altinkalbur has a T-bar facility
726m long, and the standard of ski runs is between
moderate and difficult.
BOLU - Kartalkaya
Kartalkaya Skiing Resort is in the Western Black Sea
Region, southeast of Bolu, in the Koroglu mountains.
The mountain has appropriate conditions for Alpine and
distance from Bolu city centre is 54km, and 28m to the
Ankara highway. It takes around 45 minutes by road
from the city centre and in addition to public buses
and minibuses, most of the hotels organise this
service for visitors.
ski area is at an altitude of 1850-2200m, and the
region has semi-temperate climate. Kartalkaya and
surroundings are covered with forests, and has a
dominant wind direction of west/north-west. The best
season for skiing is from late December and late
March, with an average 3m snowfall. The snow at the
beginning of the season is powdery, getting
increasingly slushy towards the end.
There are two hotels with a total bed capacity of
1005, plus restaurants, swimming pools, discos and
bars. Ski equipment and instruction is available.
There are two chair-lifts, six T-bars and three baby
lifts, with 12 ski runs around 20km long.
* Yesil (green) Lift
(Chairlift - 700 m)
* Camcukuru Lift (Chairlift - 650 m)
* Inekcayiri 1-2 (Ski-Lift - 900 m)
* Resuldede 1-2 (Ski-Lift - 600 m)
* Kazankaya (Ski-Lift - 650 m)
* Koroglu Lift (Ski-Lift - 1200 m)
* 2 Baby-Lift
BURSA - Uludağ
36km south of Bursa, is one of the country’s favourite
winter sports centres and as well as skiing, its
richness of flora and fauna has made it into a
National Park and summer activities like trekking and
camping are also popular. Uludag was previously known
as Olympos Misios in ancient times, and is known in
mythology as the place where the gods watched the
Trojan war. Plans have been confirmed for a
development project, which will offer a huge increase
in accommodation and skiing facilities. Its
geographical conditions mean that Uludag Ski Resort
can also offer heli-skiing, snow boarding, ice-skating
and snow biking.
Uludag National Park can be reached both by highway
and cable car. The Ski resort is 40 minutes away from
Bursa by road and 60 minutes from the airport. By
private vehicle, the Cekirge road is the easiest.
Drivers must keep wheel chains, wedges and heavy ropes
during winter, which are available for hire or sale
along the roadside. There are also minibuses going to
the top of Uludag which leave every hour during the
winter, and takes around 90 minutes from Bursa.
There are four
sections of the cable-car route to reach Uludag, two
between Bursa and Kadi plateau (1235m) and two between
Kadi and Sari Alan (1621m). Each line has a cabin that
can fit 30 people, although it is prohibited to carry
ski equipment, and depart the district of Teleferik
every 20 minutes. The journey, which stops at Kadi and
then changes car, takes around 25 minutes. From the
Sari Alan, there is a minibus service travelling the
last 7km to the hotel area. In the summer season,
there is a chairlift from Sari Alan to Coban Kaya
Uludag is the highest mountain in Western Anatolia,
with its peak at Kara Tepe (2543m). It is covered in
forests, and the region has a partially temperate
climate with a dominant wind direction of
south-west/south. The altitude of the skiing area is
between 1750 – 2543m, and the best season is from late
December to late March. The snow at the beginning of
the season is powdery, getting increasingly slushy
towards the end.
There are 27 hotels, 15 of which are privately owned,
with a total of over 3000 beds. The area also has
shopping halls, restaurants, cafes and bars,
entertainment and health centres.
Ski equipment, rental
and instructors are all available here. There are
eight chair-lifts, seven T-bars and 13 different ski