Winter Tourism & Sports

The high altitude mountains of Turkey have made the country an important centre for winter tourism, and skiing is becoming increasingly popular.

According to the statistics of World Tourism Unity , the world’s most tourist attracting country coming 9th, making income most 8th Turkey , with its geography climate and its pushes within tourism offers a great potential in winter tourism.

There are the available skii resorts in Turkey
•    Ağrı - Bubi Mountain
•    Ankara-Elmadağ
•    Antalya-Saklıkent
•    Bingöl-Yolaçtı
•    Bitlis-Center
•    Bolu-Kartalkaya
•    Bursa - Uludağ
•    Elazığ - Sivrice - Hazarbaba
•    Erzincan - Bolkar
•    Erzurum - Palandöken
•    Gümüşhane - Zigana
•    Isparta-Davraz
•    İzmir-Ödemiş-Davraz
•    Kastamonu - Ilgaz
•    Kars - Sarıkamış
•    Kayseri - Erciyes

Let us have a look at main ski resorts;

Nearest to Istanbul : Abant - Kartepe

The Kartepe Resort is is a fairly new resort in Turkey.  in the Western Black Sea Region, in the Koroglu mountains. The mountain has appropriate conditions for Alpine and cross-country skiing.It is located between Izmit and Adapazarı (approx 100 km from South–East of Istanbul), in the area of high and snowy mountains that lie closest to the capital. It is mostly chairlifts that provide uplift to 12 tree-lined runs at Kartepe, that mainly suit beginners and intermediates. A ski school is in operation.

How to Arrive there?
Kartepe ski resort is 15kms to Masukiye, 25 kms from İzmit and 1and a quarter hour to Istanbul, and 2 hours away from İstanbul. That makes it in the middle point and attractive.
The Ski lines in  Kartepe
In Kartepe ski resort there are 4 lifts 3 lift chairs, 1 teleski. Slope lenghts extend from 400ms to 3500m. The ski season starts from end of December to middle of March depending on season conditions.

Accomodation in Kartepe
The nearest ski hotel to Istanbul offering more than a vacation can offer, The Green Park Kartepe Resort is at your service throughout the year. Inaugurated on January 1st, 2005 in Masukiye region in Kocaeli, The Green Park Kartepe Resort has the luxury of a five star hotel in the lap of nature.

The Green Park Resort Kartepe has 250 rooms including 1 suite, 1 connection room and 50 apartments all elegantly designed to cater for the needs and comfort of guests.

Make a fresh start to a new day having a superb open buffet breakfast at Simsek Restaurant. Then go to Nicomedia Bar to sip your morning coffee or start enjoying Kartepe’s unique slopes all day long with stops at Geyikalani or Kadikonagi Restaurant for snacks or go to Fitness Center comprising of indoor swimming pool, saunas, steam baths and of course traditional Turkish Bath (hammam) and relax.

At meal time, pop in to Simsek Restaurant which is the right place for you with its delicious tastes from Turkish and international cuisines overlooking a magnificent nature view. If you want to dine in open air, you can enjoy huge terrace, watching the sunset and sipping your wine. After a tiring day, you may go to Kentri Bar to have a drink accompanied by live music or to the lobby to enjoy your midnight soup in front of the fireplace or to the disco to dance till the morning.

The Green Park Resort Kartepe is the right choice if you are looking for an eccentric place to get married and spend your honeymoon in a very romantic atmosphere. Imagine walking on the snow with your wedding dress or suite on. It is beautiful, isn’t it? Besides, you can organise any other social occasions such as conferences or seminars in the heart of nature in 7 state-of-the-art meeting rooms.   

Trails (Pistes): 12 Halfpipes: 1 Summit: 1699 m Toplift: m Beg: 40% Int: 45% Adv: 15% Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 400 m X-Country: - Lifts: 4 Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: - Slopeside accom.: N Restaurants: 5 Acres of ski: 40 Bars: 4 Nearest Airport: Istanbul

Bolu - Kartalkaya

The 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 cross-country skiing.

Arrival: The 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.

Geography: The 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.

Facilities: 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

The Most famous one : Bursa-Uludağ

Uludag, 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.

Arrival: 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. Travelling 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 (1750m)

Geography: 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.

Facilities: 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 runs.

The ultimate thrill for professionals : Erzurum Palandöken

Palandoken mountain has an altitude of 3185 m, and is south of Erzurum. This was the area of the first extensive study in the country looking at a master plan for tourism potential, which concluded that the area has the necessary potential and qualities to be a major international resort. Given the right facilities, it is estimated that 32,000 people could ski per day and could be the venue of international competitions and even Winter Olympics, giving job opportunities to around 6000 people. In 2011 it has been host for University winter olympics so the facilities has made great preparations and progress for the organization.

Arrival: There are daily flights from Ankara and Istanbul to Erzurum. The ski resort is 5km from the city centre, and 10 minutes from the airport. During the winter season, there are public buses from the ski resort to the city centre.

Geography: Erzurum is one of the highest and coldest cities of Turkey, with a harsh terrestrial climate and covered with snow 150 days of a year, and an average annual snowfall of 2-3m. The dominant wind direction is southerly and westerly. The skiing area is at an altitude of 2200m – 3176m, and best time to ski is between 10 December - 10 May.

Facilities: There are 4- and 5-star hotels with restaurants, and ski instruction and equipment rental services are available. The slopes here are among the longest and steepest in the world, each one up to 12km, giving a total length of around 28 km. With the altitude difference of 1000 metres between the start and finish line, Palandoken has two registered tracks for competitions of Slalom and grand Slalom. (Ejder Track and Kapikaya Track). There are five chair-lifts, one T-bar, two baby lifts and a gondola lift.



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