Skiing is becoming more and more popular in Turkey. In the last years, they opened several new Kayak Merkezi (Ski resorts). While most of the resorts are quite small compared to what we have in Canada, it is a perfect destination for school break or a long weekend. There are lot of hotels located directly at the bottom of the slopes with their private chairlift.
I also made a Google Map available here with all those ski resorts.
These are ski destinations put foward by the Turkish ski federation. On their website, you can find a lot of information about each resort.
Visit the translated version of their website here.
The ski season normally goes up to April but due to low snowfall this year’s season might be shorter.
Kartalkaya often get good reviews from expat, it is good for beginer, intermediate. Some more advance skiers told me they found it small.
Uludağ is another popular destination. The Ski Center is located on 2 hills named Fatintepe and Kuşakaya,. It is in the south-west of Bursa.
See Uludağ’s runway maps here
Elmadag ski resort is located near NataVega (known as the Ikea’s mall). It is a 20 minute drive from there. Be aware this is not like the Canadian ski resorts we are used to. It is pretty small, crowded in the weekend and has looks of a public market (pazari) more than a ski hill.
While the view was fantastic, and the drive in the snowy mountain was interesting, don’t expect a north american skiing experience. It is pretty disorganize and mostly used by people sliding on snow sleds. It might be and interesting option for playing in the snow with kids during weekdays, but I would strongly avoid weekends.
You like to ski but you don’t like snow?
This synthetic slope is located by the Çankaya’s waterpark, Turan Güneş Blv.
Snowland is opened 365 days per year, I’m looking foward to ride wearing shorts in a few month!
There is also an Aerial Experience at this location. The arial obstacle course is quite interesting!
There are two ways to go to Snowland. You can either drive your thru Mühye Yolu (you need to turn on 555. Cadde from Doğukent Caddesi) which will take you into rugged terrain before arrival, or you can arrive thru Sinpaş Oran (Galip Erdem Caddesi Sinpaş Altınoran Çarşı), this is what I suggest!
You then take a cable car ride down to Snowland.