SNOW SKIING (WINTER SPORTS)


Winter sports resorts in Turkey are generally located in forested mountains of average height.


Bursa - Uludag

This ski centre 36 km south of Bursa is accessible along a good asphalt road or by cable - car. The ski area lies between 1900 - 2500 m, and the best season is from December to February. A wide range of accommodation is available in hotels, in family chalets and apres-ski facilities. At the resort there are chair-lifts, eleven ski-lifts, slalom and giant slalom courses, beginners' slopes and a small hospital. Skis, equipment, and instructors are available for hire. Total bed capacity is 2300.


Erzincan - Bolkar

At a distance of 40 km from Erzincan. There is a boathouse and a chair lift. The ski season runs from December to April.


Antalya- Saklikent

Situated north east of Bakirli Dagi in the Beydag mountain range, 50 km north west of Antalya, at a height of 1850 m. Accommodation is available in guest- house chalets and there are two ski-lifts. restaurants, shops and a market. 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 is surrounded by pinewoods, the ski area lying between 1850 and 2200 m. The hotels 1 and 2 with a total 958- bed capacity, have a swimming pool, ski-lift, beginners' slopes, equipment for hire; ski- instructors are available.


Erzurum- Palandoken

This centre is 6 km from Erzurum along a good road, lying at an altitude of 2200 to 3100 m with some of the longest and most difficult courses and best snow conditions in Turkey, making it an ideal location for international ski competitions. Accommodation is available at a 140 bed centrally heated ski- lodge with telephone, restaurant, chair lift and ski- instructors and equipment are available for hire. Also, there are a number of hotels in Erzurum. December to April is the most suitable season.


Kars- Sankamis

Situated 60 km from Kars at 2250 m, this ski- centre also has good courses and ideal snow conditions; the area is also noted for its hunting. One can stay in the town or at the 60- bed capacity, centrally heated ski-lodge, where ski-lift and ski- instructors are available. Best season is November to April.


Kayseri- Erciyes

This ski centre lies at 2150 m on the eastern face of Erciyes Dagi, Tekir Yaylasi (plateau), 25 km from Kayseri. The season is from December to March; there is a 140- bed capacity ski-lodge and good courses, a ski -lift and chair lift; ski- instructors and equipment are available.


Ankara- Elmadag

23 km from Ankara, between 1500 and 1800 m, this is a lovely place to relax, to get fresh air and to dine far away from the clamour and air pollution of the city. There is a 10- room (33 beds) hotel, chalets (130 beds),two ski-lifts, a pleasantly decorated a la carte restaurant, a snack bar/discotheque, and parking. The ski season runs from December to March.


Kastamonu - Ilgaz Dagi

Situated between Kastamonu and Cankiri, 40 km from Kastamonu at the junction of the Istanbul-Kastamonu, Ankara-Kastamonu roads. In the Ilgaz National Park amidst beautiful woodlands the slopes lie at 1850 - 2000 m. There are picnic facilities, chalets (50 beds) , two ski-lifts and a chair lift; there is good hunting in the area.


Gumushane- Zigana

This centre is 30 km from Gumushane, and lies at an altitude of 1870 m above a pine forested valley. There are ski-lifts, a chair lift, a ski-lodge, cafeteria and a restaurant. The season is from December to the end of April.


Bingol

This ski center is 28 km from the city center of Bingol, in flora-covered heathland. The skiing season runs from February through March. There are 50 berths, and ski-lifts are available.


Bitlis- Sapgor

Located in an austere landscape near Bitlis, with scarce plant covering. The ski season runs from February through March. There are ski-lifts and 40 ski berths.


Agri- Bubi

At a distance of 40 km from the city center ( Agri), this ski center is situated in a lovely landscape where alpine streams intermingle with flora in the surrounding view. ski season runs from December through March. There is a cable-car and a cafeteria.



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