Fun on the slopes in
Turkey? Facilities and terrain
are not equal to the great ski centers
of Europe or the southwestern USA
or western Canada, but skiing can
be an enjoyable part of a
winter vacation here.
Turkey's main ski centers:
by cable car or road from this interesting
city only 1-1/2 hours south of Istanbul by ferry and bus,
the ski center is at 2453 meters (8000
feet), with nearly twenty hotels and
lodges. Very popular. Efendi
Travel runs one-day, overnight
and multi-day ski
tours right from Istanbul.
Sapanca Lake 131 km (81 miles) east
of Sultanahmet, Istanbul (map),
Kartepe ("Snow Hill") is a good beginner's
and intermediate skiers' hill with
three chair lifts and a 1700-meter
(5577-foot) summit. Efendi
Travel runs one-day ski
tours right from Istanbul. More...
(25 miles) south of Bolu off the Istanbul-Ankara
expressway, the slopes at 2221 meters'
(7300 feet) altitude are popular with sportif skiers
who crowd in on weekends. More...
210 km (130 miles) north
of Ankara in
Kastamonu province, the ski center
is at 2000 meters (6600 feet). More...
Thanks to Elina Belija for the tip on this small, simple ski and snowboard area 114 km (71 miles) east of İzmir, 24 km (15 mile) south of Salihli. Bozdağ has potential to be a more interesting downhill area, and it already has the advantage of being relatively close to İzmir. More...
Fly from Istanbul or Ankara to
Erzurum or Kars and
take a short drive to Sarıkamış at
2120 meters (7000 feet). The powder
is good, but hotels are few and fairly
the outskirts of Erzurum, this is Turkey's
coldest and highest (3150 meters/ 10,300
feet), with good hotels, good conditions,
good facilities, and Colorado-type
Turkey's newest ski center (2011) is
18 km southwest of Erzurum, and destined
for great things. More...