Winter Sports in Türkiye: What to Expect and Where to Go

Türkiye is more than simply beaches and sun. Because of its high altitude and ample snowfall, the country also becomes a famous ski resort in the winter. Whether you’re an expert skier or want to try skiing, the country has plenty of possibilities for you. Here’s all you need to know about Turkish winter sports:

1. Ice Skating in Istanbul

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Ice skating is a wonderful activity for both adults and children. This kind of entertainment is now gaining popularity in Türkiye. You may think that, Istanbul is not at the top of the list when it comes to ice skating. But it’s not true. Here are 3 places for this activity in Istanbul:

Vega Ice Runway – situated in the UNIQ Istanbul entertainment complex in Sarıyer ,

Icessporto Ice Rink – located in the Metrocity shopping mall. This skating rink has won the competition for the biggest ice rink in Istanbul, it is also home to some ice hockey events.

Skating rink in Silivrikapy – one of Türkiye’s biggest ice rinks, measuring around 9000 square meters and including two Olympic courses. There is also a figure skating school and other ice activities take place.

2. Bursa, Uludağ

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Uludağ, Palandöken, and Erciyes are the most popular skiing destinations in Türkiye. Uludağ is a prominent ski resort that can be reached by day trip from Istanbul. The journey takes around four hours by vehicle and seven hours by public transit. You may also stay in a Uludağ hotel for an extended skiing trip.

Uludağ Ski Resort is Türkiye’s oldest and most popular alpine hamlet, stretching 36 kilometers from Bursa. The ski region is located between 1800 and 2500 meters in elevation, and the optimum time to visit the resort is from December to April. The overall length of the snow-covered pathways is roughly 20 kilometers, with the longest route being about 2 kilometers.

3. Kayseri, Erciyes

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The ski resort is an hour’s drive from Kayseri. Erciyes Resort is one of Turkey’s oldest winter tourist destinations. The ski resort on Mount Erciyes is 25 kilometers from Kayseri. A great place for snowboarding. Snowboarding is rapidly gaining popularity in Türkiye. Snowboarding in Türkiye is a terrific opportunity to see the lovely surroundings while riding snowboards.

4. Erzurum, Palandöken

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The Palandöken Ski Resort is situated in Erzurum. The famous freestyle ski resort is within a few hours’ drive from the country’s north-eastern coast. The Palandöken resort is one of Türkiye’s major ski resorts, with excellent accommodation and skiing conditions. The ski area is located at an elevation of 3185 meters and is snow-covered for 4-5 months of the year.

5. Kaçkar Mountains, Black Sea Coast

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Some people believe that snowboarding originated in the Kaçkar Mountains. Long before the start of the twentieth century, villagers slid down the slope on boards of wood.

If you are a strong, experienced, and courageous skier looking to challenge mountain slopes on pristine snowy slopes distant from prepared slopes, then heli-skiing is for you.

The Kaskar Mountains in northern Türkiye, near the Black Sea, are an excellent alternative for heli-skiers since the summit rises over 3,500 meters above sea level and receives consistent snowfall in winter. Instructors and pilots accompany extreme skiers.

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