Skiing / Winter Sports

Skiing in Turkey

While you can ski or snowboard anywhere that has enough snow and mountains, Turkey wasn’t on my list of places to do it. InTheSnow did a quick profile of Turkey as a more affordable skiing destination (for Brits at least):

Global ski-area tracker reports that Turkey is now home to more than 40 ski resorts, around half of which have been created in just the past 20 years, with the country’s government a key supporter of their development. 

Package holidays were actually organised to some of them in the 1980s and 90s from the UK, with the resort of Uludağ, about three hours south of Istanbul, the destination of choice for a ski and city break. The country’s main ski area last century, it remains a weekend ski and party hotspot for well-heeled Turks, but bigger, more modern ski areas have emerged in most distant parts of the country.


Palandöken, with 43km of runs and more than a dozen modern lifts, has been largely developed since the late 1990s above the 6,000 year old city of Erzurum. In 2011, the city was host to the 25th Winter Universiade, a kind of Winter Olympics for the world’s skiers, with the freestyle skiing and snowboarding competitions taking place there.

It’s unlikely we’ll see Turkey hosting a Winter Olympics, particularly with the climate crisis only earmarking a few suitable locations in the next 40-80 years but good for a holiday nonetheless.

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