Holiday seasons are the best times of time year. Even though they are limited and happen too fast, holidays mean relaxing and having enjoyable moments. In these circumstances, preferences are extremely important. While some prefer summer vacations, there are also many people who enjoy taking a holiday during the winter time the most. Especially for the ones who are in love with winter sports, winter vacations are eagerly awaited. If you have a personality which adores the winter atmosphere, it is impossible not to find the perfect place for you in Turkey. Since Turkey has a variety of ski centers catering to different levels and aspects of the sport throughout the country, we have listed 6 different places that you should definitely consider traveling to!
Since Mount Uludağ is considered to be Turkey’s largest ski resort, it would be unfair not to mention Mount Uludağ. With its 28 kilometers of slopes and 24 lifts for Alpine skiing; snowboarding, ice skating and snow biking facilities, Uludağ can also be considered one of the perfect holiday places for winter vacation. More than being the largest ski resort of Turkey, the place has a lot to offer. In Mount Uludağ, the parties never stops! The fun will be with you during your getaway! Moreover, Mount Uludağ is only ten kilometers (6.2 miles) away from the city Bursa, and less than 200 kilometers from İstanbul.
Are you looking for somewhere close to İstanbul? Kartalkaya is one of the favorite winter getaway destinations due to the closeness of İstanbul. It is located in the pine forests of the western Black Sea’s beloved Bolu province, and it is only 260 kilometers away from İstanbul! Besides wide accommodation facilities, Kartalkaya owns 20 kilometers of slopes for skiing and snowboarding and 18 ski lifts.
Kartepe is the popular day trip destination since it is only 100 kilometers away from İstanbul and half an hour drive away from the Sapanca Lake. Although it has a popularity for daily getaways, Kartepe offers plenty of local accommodation options. More than that, the ski resort is also available for beginner and intermediate skiers with its four lifts and a dozen runs.
Are you ready to show your skills as an expert? We are getting a little bit further from İstanbul… Erciyes is located in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri, waiting for experts of winter sports with a 4,000-meter volcanic summit. Erciyes is popular especially for its semifinalist status in a poll by the U.K. for being the best skiing destinations in Europe. The ski resort is also included in the European Commission’s European Destinations of Excellence Network (EDEN). The ski resort has 34 distinct runs varying in degree of difficulty, 102 kilometers of slopes, with nearly 20 lifts.
Although Davraz ski center is located in southern Turkey's Isparta, its popularity comes from its closeness to Antalya and its views of Eğirdir Lake. Besides having 12 runs and 19 kilometers of slopes, there also many interesting accommodation options in Isparta.
If you expect a picturesque and vivid winter, get away, Ilgaz is ready to give you what you are looking for. Although it can be considered a bit smaller rather than other destinations with its 4 runs, Ilgaz ski center is preferred, especially for its closeness to Ankara. It is located in the pine forests of Ilgaz National Park.