Talking about the winter season, skiing is one of the most enjoyable activities that comes to mind.
If you wonder which ski resort is the best one, a couple of criteria like the opportunities offered, locations, snow quality, accommodation, meals and extra expenses all need to be taken into account in terms of price versus performance assessments.
In this article, we try to provide an answer to the question “which ski resorts are the best ones in Turkey?” in reference to the scores given by the local guides of Google who are the actual users.
Yedikuyular Ski Resort
Yedikuyular Ski Resort accommodates 2 sledge fields, a baby-lift, ski-jumping tracks, off-road fields, trekking fields, heliport, parking lots (1000 vehicles capacity) picnic fields, pond, basketball fields, and volleyball fields.
Despite having not so well-developed facilities as the other resorts, this resort has managed to take place on our list by getting good scores from the local guides of Google, particularly in terms of price versus performance.
Distance to the City Center : 17 Kilometres – 26 Minutes
Distance to the Airport : 20 Kilometres – 30 Minutes
If you like winter and enjoy nature tours by the rope railway, you must definitely go to Yedikuyular Ski Resort. However it’s always crowded. It is also recommendable for those who like taking photographs. Nice place, recommended.
Yedikuyular is one of the most important master pieces gifted to the region. The transportation problems have already been sorted out. The facilities have been well planned to meet people’s needs of every kind. Recommended.
Day-trips are fine. Transportation is nice and comfortable. Prices are favourable compared to others. Of course there are some deficiencies which may be improved over time. It’s important to enjoy life at its every moment. It is also possible to be happy with your beloved ones by sledding the washtub down the hills. Recommended.
Saklıkent Ski Resort
No matter how interesting idea it is to ski in Antalya, Saklıkent Ski Resort characteristically keeps on being the warmest ski resort of Turkey with 500 mountain houses and other facilities. If you say ‘I can jump into the sea in March’, you can experience two pleasures at the same time.
Distance to the City Center : 52 Kilometres – 74 Minutes
Distance to the airport : 64 Kilometres – 84 Minutes
Saklıkent Ski Resort is a unique beauty of the Taurus Mountains, and it offers a visual feast with its view. You can spend good time there with your family and friends. Recommended.
Saklıkent is quite a nice place. Gear and sledge renting services are available within the facility. Besides there is a picnic field just underneath. Snow levels along slopes are fine.
Saklıkent is recommended. It takes one hour of drive from Antalya city centre, which is fine.
Ilgaz Yıldıztepe Ski Resort
Ilgaz Yıldıztepe Ski Resort is covered with fir and pine forests. Along with the wonderful and enjoyable nature view, you can ski on the 2000 meters-long ski slope, which is located within Ilgaz National Park. The facility has three slopes, and you can ski all day long and even at nights.
Distance to the City Center : 70 Kilometres – 54 Minutes
Distance to the airport : 43 Kilometres – 38 Minutes
The new café of Yıldıztepe facilities has been well renovated. Additionally, the Turkish pancake (gözleme) house and the mini grocery store is good to meet urgent needs. Currently the snow level is good and the ski-tracks are clear. Recommended.
The rope railway is nice, we are satisfied. Ilgaz Yıldıztepe Ski Resort is recommended.
Ali Emir Ayyüksel
Exceptionally good! Ilgaz Yıldıztepe Ski Resort is a place for winter vacation. Recommended. ♥
Davraz Ski Resort
The best ski resort of the Mediterranean region with its 12 ski-tracks for every level. The most important difference of Davraz Ski Resort from other ski resorts is its lake view. You can ski with the accompanied view of the Lake Eğirdir. You can either stay at the resort or make short trips for the day.
Distance to the City Center : 28 Kilometres – 37 Minutes
Distance to the airport : 60 Kilometres – 60 Minutes
If you have never been to Davraz Ski Resort, I strongly advise you to go. The road is always open and the municipality teams are always at work.
Despite being open for a short term, the staff are quite experienced and they run the facility effectively. Before getting there, it is advisable to check the snow condition at Google DAVRAZ LIVE WEBCAM. Long queue at the chairlift during weekends. Fast-food services upstairs include Turkish style spicy sausage “sucuk” and bread, hot chocolate and salep. Recommended.
We try to go there regularly every year. Everything is much better organised this year, which is good. The ski track is fine. Two rope railways are available. Recommended.
Kartalkaya Ski Resort
Kartalkaya Ski Resort is located at a distance of 180 kilometres to Ankara, and 260 kilometres to Istanbul, and for this reason it is one of the most preferred resorts.
Distance to the City Center : 38 Kilometres – 52 Minutes
No airports in the nearby.
Pine trees were all crowned with the white snow at Kartalkaya Ski Resort. 🏔️❄️⛷️🎿☃️ Magnificently beautiful. Recommended.😍
Kartalkaya Ski Resort is one of Turkey’s leading resorts. Kartal Hotel, Doruk Kaya are the hotels which have their own tracks. Recommended.
No need to mention about the rates at Kartalkaya. It’s a setup place particularly for Istanbul and Ankara socialites. Never mind the people who may stop you on your way and try to sell you snow chains.
Kartepe Ski Resort
Kartepe Ski Resort, known for its proximity to Istanbul, gets too crowded during weekends. If you’d prefer this resort, it is advisable for you to take a look at the negative comments at Google.
Distance to the City Center : 40 Kilometres – 45 Minutes
No airports in the nearby.
The closest location to Istanbul for a snow holiday. Kartepe is good for new learners and professionals.
It is advantageous that Kartepe Ski Resort is close to Istanbul. If you have time, I advise you to pay a visit to this resort.
Nice place, wonder of nature, but heavy traffic during weekends. Don’t forget to take your barbecue with you.
Sarıkamış Ski Resort
Crystal snow of the Alps is also available in our country only at Sarıkamış Ski Resort. With its favourable prices, it is the ideal place to spend a tranquil winter holiday among Scotch-pine forests.
Distance to the City Center : 60 Kilometres – 40 Minutes
Distance to the Airport : 55 Kilometres – 42 Minutes
You will have a nice experience with its wonderful nature and wonderful atmosphere. Nine slopes are available with different difficulty levels. Surrounded by Scotch pine trees, the slopes are covered with natural crystalline snow. Those who have never been here before, give a chance to this place. Highly recommended.
Very beautiful place, wonderful nature and clean air. Sarıkamış Ski Resort is recommended.
Facilities are average in terms of opportunities, however the snow quality is good and the pleasure granted by the nature is distinctively nice. At Sarıkamış Ski Resort, I have spent the most comfortable and the most enjoyable ski vacation of my life.
Erciyes Ski Resort
Erciyes Ski Resort has 41 slopes with varying degrees of difficulty, and 154 artificial snow machine, and offers its guests and enjoyable and relaxing holiday opportunity.
The resort has an accommodation facility with a capacity of 100,000 people during the weekends, and it stands out with its ski slope which is the longest one in Turkey.
This ski resort receives 2 to 3 direct flights from Russia on a weekly basis, and it’s one of the best resorts in Turkey. However it ranks as the third resort, mostly because of slightly higher prices.
Kayseri Erciyes is able to offer its guests a number of activities like snow-volleyball. Snow level is compensated during some certain periods of the season using artificial snow machines.
If you plan a trip to Erciyes Kayseri, it is advisable to spare one more day for Cappadocia which is 70 kilometres away.
Distance to the City Center : 24 Kilometres – 26 Minutes
Distance to the Airport : 29 Kilometres – 31 Minutes
This place is the blue-eyed baby of Kayseri. There are slopes everyone may like. Particularly I may advise you to see the Ottoman slope, and experience that pleasure. Erciyes Ski Resort is highly recommended.
Wonderful place. Material supply, connection of the tracks to each other, especially the à la carte restaurant within the facility of the Municipality is far beyond being magnificent.
Osman Onur Aydemir
Erciyes Ski Resort has been very well organised even for daily trips. The rope railway is affordable, and it is possible to follow the usual pathway to climb up to the top.
Uludağ Ski Resort
Uludağ Ski Resort is the biggest winter and nature sport tracks in Turkey. It has trekking tracks, camping facilities, tens of slopes with many different difficulty levels as well as a wonderful nature view in the forest which has been given a national park status.
Despite having been found too expensive by the local guides of Google, this is the largest ski resort of Turkey. With around 40 accommodation facilities, this resort is mostly preferred by the winter-sports addicts.
Distance to the City Center : 33 Kilometres – 58 Minutes
Distance to the Airport : 82 Kilometres – 101 Minutes
As the snow thickness has not been at the expected level during the last few years, this resort has come up with a solution, and managed to sustain its guests’ satisfaction by adding artificial snow to its tracks with special machinery.
It’s the blue-eyed baby of Turkey, the symbol of Bursa, the Capital of winter tourism, wonderful with its nature and endemic plants.
Can Berk Çilek
Uludağ Ski Resort is one of the most beautiful places you can choose for your winter holiday. ❤️
Uludağ Ski Resort is convenient both for winter and for summer. Camping hotel is possible. You may also plan daily tours or you may go for a picnic. There is an entrance fee, and it’s free for healthcare professionals.
Palandöken Ski Resort
This resort has been acknowledged by the International Ski Federation (FIS), and it has 2 slopes. The snow quality and the physical conditions are good.
With its proven quality worldwide, Palandöken Ski Resort has prevailed many other countries, and managed to host the World University Winter Games in 2011.
Distance to the City Center : 5 Kilometres – 8 Minutes
Distance to the Airport : 18 Kilometres – 24 Minutes
Never be discouraged to go to Palandöken Ski Resort. In case the accommodation fees here remains out of your budget, you may stay at the city centre at much lower costs and may make day trips from the city centre to the resort. Dedicated tracks are available for beginners. Everything is very well planned for all.
Palandöken Ski Resort is absolutely number one in Turkey. Thanks to the location of the mountain and the ski-runs, it prevails many other resorts both in Europe and in Turkey. Palandöken is a wonderful mountain. Best regards to the employees of Ejder 3200.👑
I was there in January, and Palandöken was neat. Luckily, it had snowed generously. We took the rope railway to the hill Ejder 3200. The word wonderful feels like it has been invented to describe the landscape here. If you ever pass by Erzurum during winter time, I strongly advise you to go there. Even if you don’t make any kind of sports, you will certainly enjoy travelling and sightseeing.
In scope of Universiade, the most inclusive winter sports organised in Turkey, approximately 735 million dollars were spent in 2011 in order to build the most eminent high-board of Europe -one and only in Turkey- as well as constructing many other new facilities, and renovating the existing ones.
Just to be able to offer the best services at favourable prices, Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality has brought into life some social facilities at this resort in which many different activities can be done such as paragliding, climbing, snow-tube, and paintball; and all these facilities are dedicated to the use of the people.
The quality of services have continuously been monitored since 2011 by the governorship of Erzurum and Palandöken Municipality. The resort is so close to the city centre that accommodation and dining services can be obtained at the city centre at considerable lower costs.
Palandöken Ski Resort differs from many other resorts with its healing waters which may help recover from various diseases, and thus it offers nice opportunities in frame of Thermal Tourism.
Erzurum, far beyond just being a ski resort, is a sophisticated city in which winter sports and thermal tourism can be experienced at the same time.
It has been documented in the analysis reports of the Ministry of Health that the waters of Erzurum Thermal SPA have quite superior characteristics in terms of flow-rate, temperature, physical and chemical features, and were proven to help the healing of the following diseases:
- Gastric and renal diseases,
- Gastrointestinal system disorders,
- Rheumatoid diseases,
- Psoriasis-like skin diseases,
- Intervertebral disc hernia of the waist and the neck,
- Gall-bladder diseases, renal diseases, urinary tract diseases,
- Mechanical waste and neck pain,
- Joint dysfunctions and rigidity,
- Stomach and bowel diseases,
- Neurological disorders,
- Muscular diseases,
- Insomnia and irritability,
- Physical-mental fatigue,
- Forgetfulness, hair loss and breakage,
- Nail and skin diseases
- Skin aesthetic diseases
- Chronic pain,
- In the treatment of gynaecological disorders,
- In the functional disorders of the stomach and bowel system.
Ilıca Thermal Hotel and SPA – 19 Kilometres
Pasinler Thermal Hotel and SPA – 42 Kilometres
Köprüköy Deli Çermik Mud-Bath SPA – 64 Kilometres
If your preference favours Erzurum, please click here to see the list of the best hotels in Erzurum.
Without going into much further technical details, we have tried to put the ski resorts into sequential order in accordance to the scores and comments provided by the users. If you are interested in technical details, you may want to watch the video “THE MOST POPULAR SKI RESORTS OF TURKEY” on the channel ‘Bak Bi’.
The Best Ski Resort Names and Points – Summary
|1||Palandöken Ski Resort||Erzurum||90|
|2||Uludağ Ski Resort||Bursa||88|
|3||Erciyes Ski Resort||Kayseri||88|
|4||Sarıkamış Ski Resort||Kars||85|
|5||Kartepe Ski Resort||Kocaeli||84|
|6||Kartalkaya Ski Resort||Bolu||83|
|7||Davraz Ski Resort||Isparta||82|
|8||Yıldıztepe Ski Resort||Çankırı||81|
|9||Saklıkent Ski Resort||Antalya||80|
|10||Yedikuyular Ski Resort||K.Maraş||78|
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