Turkey is a prominent country in winter sports as well as summer tourism. So, Turkey is not only famous for its sunny beaches, hot weather and amazing resorts, but Turkey also a definitely winter wonderland in winter! Over the years, Turkey became a hot spot for ski lovers with its excellent ski resorts, ski lessons opportunities, splendid hotels and amazing nature! If you want to experience the best winter holiday, you can enjoy with our list of some of the best ski resorts in Turkey.
The number of ski resorts in Turkey has exceeded 50 in recent years. And it seems that the number will continue to increase for the following years. The main aim of both private and public investments is to attract European ski lovers’ attention to Turkey. And there is no reason to fail with this purpose.
The list below is based on some statistics from Turkey Ski Federation. Hopefully, it will help you to review your winter plans once again!
15- Bubi Ski Resort- Ağrı
Bubi Ski Resort is 18 km away to Agri city centre but it isn’t developed much as a big resort yet. Its season is between December and April and it gets approximately 1-2 meters of snow. There is a 1227 meters long Tele ski with a capacity of 600 persons per hour. Another skiing area is 4 km to Eleskirt district with 1650 meters long and 1000 people per hour capacity detachable chair cableway. Skiing track is 1200 meters long and 250 meters wide.
14- Kurucadağ Ski Resort – Bingöl
Kurucadağ ski resort is situated at Yolcati district of Bingöl. It is a small skiing area approximately 25 km to the city centre. The season is between February and March where skiers stay in mountain chalets. On 1000 meters long skiing track there is a 925 meters long telesiege with a capacity of 500 people per hour. It’s easily reachable by road with buses as well.
13- Zigana Ski Resort – Gümüşhane
Zigana ski resort centre is 30 km away from Gumushane. Besides it lies at an altitude of 1870 meters above a pine-forested valley. There are a ski-lift, cafeteria and a restaurant. Actual bed capacity is only 40, but owners are planning to grow it to 470 beds in the future. The season is from December to the end of April.
12- Davraz Ski Resort – Isparta
Davraz ski resort centre is about 20 km away from Isparta. The centre lies at an altitude of 1650 meters. The total bed capacity in the accommodation facilities is about 460 but soon with new investments, it will reach about 1600 beds. There are several ski tracks ranging between 1650-2250 meters of altitude, ski lifts and chair lifts. The season is from December to the end of April. Mountaineering and trekking are also possible at Davraz.
11- Bolkar Ski Resort – Erzincan
Bolkar ski resort is situated at 40 kilometres to Erzincan city centre. There is an 1100 meters long and 200 meters wide medium-hard track, with a 1200 people per hour capacity Tele ski and a baby-lift. In terms of the best season for skiing here, December and April are preferable. What’s more, mountaineering is also possible here.
10- Bozdağ Ski Resort – İzmir Ödemiş
Bozdag Ski Resort is 110 km away from the southeast of Izmir. On the other hand, the skiing season runs between December to March. The ski areas are at an altitude of between 1700–2157 metres, and the northern slopes are suitable for alpine discipline.
9- Ilgaz Ski Resort – Kastamonu
Ilgaz Ski Resort lies 40 km from Kastamonu, and it has an altitude of 2850 metres. Furthermore, the skiing season runs between December and April. The ski runs are between 1800-2000 m altitude.
In order to give a better location, the ski resort takes place between Kastamonu and Cankiri provinces, at the junction of the Istanbul – Kastamonu and Ankara – Kastamonu roads. It’s 210 km to Ankara and 460 km to Istanbul. In the Ilgaz National Park amidst beautiful woodlands, the slopes lie at 1820-2000 meters. There are picnic facilities, chalets (50 beds) and good hunting in the area. The actual total capacity of the beds is 920, with new investments it will be taken up to 1300 beds.
8- Saklıkent Ski Resort – Antalya
Saklikent Ski Resort is 50 km away from the west of Antalya. It is in the Beydag Mountain range, with an altitude of 2550 metres. The altitude for the skiing areas is between 2000-2400 metres, with a snow depth 1 m and a short season.
As for the accommodation, it is available in a guest house and chalets. Moreover, there are restaurants, shops and a supermarket. On the other hand, 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.
7- Elmadağ Ski Resort – Ankara
Elmadag Ski Resort is a few kilometres southeast of Ankara, on the northern slopes of Elmadag between the altitudes of 1500-1850 metres. As a fact, the area is treeless and covered with alpine meadows. The season runs between January and March.
Above all, the resort is a lovely place to relax and it is only 23 km out of Ankara. So, it is a wonderful opportunity to get fresh air and to dine far away from the chaos and air pollution of the city. There is a 10 room (33 beds) hotel, chalets (130 beds), a pleasantly decorated a-la-carte restaurant, a snack bar, discotheque, and parking. Furthermore, skiing track is 900 meters long and 250 meters wide, with a 548 meters long Tele ski having a capacity of 720 people per hour. By the way, the best season is between January and March.
6- Kartepe Ski Resort – Kocaeli
Kartepe Ski Resort in Kocaeli is a good beginner’s and intermediate skiers’ hill with three chair lifts and a 1700 metres summit.
First of all, it is one of the newest ski resorts of Turkey. Secondly, the ski resort is located near Kocaeli province and at about 115 km east of Istanbul. Afterwards, there are several chair lifts, ski lifts, cable car, and a 5 stars hotel at the resort with 800 beds capacity. On the other hand, the ski tracks range between 400 – 3500 meters in length. Skis, equipment, and instructors are available for hire. Finally, the best season for skiing at Kartepe is from December to April.
5- Kartalkaya Ski Resort – Bolu
Kartalkaya Ski Resort is 40 km away from Bolu in the Black Sea Region. The ski area is at an altitude of 1850-2200 m. In conclusion, the best season for skiing is from late December and late March.
This resort is situated on the Istanbul – Ankara highway. On the other hand, pinewoods surround it and the ski area lies between 1500-2200 meters of altitude. Hotels have a total capacity of 1250 beds at the moment and with new investments, it will be taken up to 3500 beds in the near future. Furthermore, there is a swimming pool, ski-lift and equipment for hire, and ski instructors are available.
4- Palandöken Ski Resorts – Erzurum
Palandoken Ski Resort in Erzurum is one of Turkey’s largest ski areas. Moreover, many authorities considered it as best in many ways, such as good hotels, good conditions, good facilities, and Colorado-type powder, covered with snow during winter.
This centre is 6 km away from Erzurum. It is lying at an altitude of 2200 to 3100 meters. Palandoken ski resorts have some of the longest and most difficult courses and best snow conditions in Turkey. So, it makes it an ideal location for international ski competitions.
Palandoken ski resorts hosted the Winter Universiade Games (Olympic games for university students) in February 2011. On the other hand, accommodation is available at several ski lodges and hotels with a total capacity of 2100 beds. Later on, it will reach at 8850 beds in the future. Restaurants, chair-lifts and ski instructors and equipment for hire are available at the resort. Lately, several big hotels are built in the area and there are also a number of hotels in Erzurum city. December to April is the most suitable season for skiing at Palandoken. More importantly, the longest ski track is about 12 km and the total length of all tracks is about 28 km.
3- Sarıkamış Ski Resorts – Kars
Sarikamis Ski Resort is 50 km away from Kars. The best season for skiing is from December to April. Therefore, the track length is 1200 m, height is 2100 m. Also, the powder is good. However, hotels are few and fairly basic.
As we specified, it situates near Kars at 2250 meters and 50 km to the airport. This ski centre has very good courses located between 2200-2900 meters of altitude and ideal snow conditions. One can stay in the town itself or at the 60-bed capacity centrally heated ski lodge with ski-lift, for instance. Ski instructors are also available. Best season for skiing is between December and April. The area is also noted for its hunting. You can also check our article on Kars for more information.
2- Erciyes Ski Resorts – Kayseri
Erciyes Ski Resort is one of Turkey’s oldest ski resorts. The ski resort is at Mount Erciyes, approximately 3915 metres the highest summit of Anatolia, and located 25 km away from Kayseri.
This ski centre lies at 2150 meters on the eastern face of Erciyes Dagi, Tekir Yaylasi (plateau), 25 km from Kayseri. The season is from November to May and there are good ski slopes, a ski-lift and baby-lift. Also, ski instructors and equipment are available. Mountaineering is also possible here. At the moment the resort has a total of 510-bed capacity but with new investments, the new target is to reach 5000 beds in the future.
1- Uludag Ski Resort – Bursa
As for the first of our list, Uludag Ski Resort is the oldest and most popular alpine village in Turkey. It is situated 36 km away from Bursa. The ski area lies between 1800-2500 metres and the best season is from December to April.
Hop on a ferry in Istanbul, and in a little while, under two hours you’ll find yourself on the outskirts of Bursa. The city is the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Bursa nestles into the base of Uludağ Mountain, and it is definitely an enchanting spot with its historical silk market, renowned hammams and hot springs, and Iskender kebab restaurants seduce many travellers. But you’re here for the skiing, so hire a private car to shuttle you up to the mountain resorts or catch the cable car that hugs the contours of the mountain as it glides from Bursa to the ski area.
The major draw of Uludağ is quite simple: It is one of the oldest ski areas in Turkey and has the infrastructure to prove it. For example, there are two zones, one for each peak – the two peaks are connected by a piste, but the zones are a 10–15-minute car ride away from one another. On the one hand, the first zone is the central hub for ski and snowboard rentals, restaurants and hotels. And the second zone, on the other hand, is home to the newest (and most luxurious) resorts, like the towering Hotel Monte Baia.
You should not miss the chance to spend your winter holiday in Turkey. Because you will full your pockets with unforgettable fairy tales.