Ski in Uludag, Turkey
Uludag - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Uludag - Turkish Ski Resort (1,767m to 2,322m)
Pronounced oo-la-dar, the biggest resort in Turkey is close to the sea and historic sites and is surrounded by a 600-year-old national forest. High-value skiing with the option of heli-skiing on the Zivre Peak (2543 M ).
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Uludag Ski Area
|20km||Cross Country Pistes|
Uludag Ski Area Height
|1767m||Resort Altitude (Uludag)|
The Turkish Ski Resort of Uludag has direct access to 25 individual pistes, served by 15 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Skiing in Uludag
Uludag's ski slopes fan out in a horseshoe around the resort, with most of the hotels either slopeside or very close to the slopes and most owning their own lifts. Whilst this is convenient initially for an individual hotel's guest, who'll generally find use of that hotel's lift is included in their holiday price; it rapidly becomes less so once they try to move around and find they have to stop and buy a ticket with their millions of Turkish lira at virtually every lift. Collective lift tickets have existed in the past apparently, and may do again - a new computerised system ticketing system for the whole resort had reportedly been purchased at the time of writing, but agreement had not been reached on its installation and use.
Most of the lifts are T bars, the remainder elderly single or double chairs. If you're prepared to put up with the lifts (Most of which close for lunch at 1pm sharp, in the case of the T Bars regardless of whether people are riding up at the time, reportedly) and the ticket system then you are in for a good skiing experience, probably! Although largely promoted as a place for beginners and intermediates, more advanced skiers have raved about the 'huge safe bowls' of powder snow off piste between the runs which can be enjoyed 'in peace' during the quiet midweek period.
The off piste terrain, especially good in the Kusaklikaya sector, is little used by the natives but relatively safe from avalanches, there being no Alpine style steeps or overhangs above the slopes. Apart from the lift served runs there's the chance to take a budget priced helicopter to the summit of Mount Olympus/Zivre (2543m/about 8400 feet) to ski one of the most challenging runs; or a bus to the Volfram mine from which you can ski back to the resort. It's possible to take a long hike to the summit of Zivre if the helicopter service is unavailable.
The highest point of the lifts is reached by a single chair at 2235m. From here on a good day there are views over the rolling hills down to the sea of Murmara. For intermediate skiers the Ulukardesler, Ergun and Fatin lifts give access to some of the main wide sunny blue and reds slopes leading back down to the villase. The Fatin run often sports a mogul/bumps field.
Beginners will find wide nursery slopes carved through the trees above the resort, and above every hotel. To the right of the main snowbowl the Fahri, Beceren and Kervansary lifts all access the best of the nursery terrain. Some of the lifts have music playing add to the party atmsphere.
The ski school is particularly good midweek when clients are few and teachers especially keen and there are numerous mountain huts and restaurants. Night skiing is also available and in any case the lifts tend to stay open until around 8pm from February on. Snow cover is generally good with largely north facing, if sunny, slopes.
There are half a dozen cross country trails around the resort but there is apparently a serious danger of bear or wolf attack to those who venture too far away into the untouched national forest!
Snowboarding in Uludag
Boarding is not a major sport at Uludag. The extensive areas of off-piste powder and the good selection of chairs are an asset, against the fact that the surface lifts are all drags. Low cost heli-boarding and abundant night life are also plus points.
Uludag Aprés Ski
Aprés-ski is where Turkey, and Uludag in particular, excel. The limited winter population have a choice of dozens or bars and seven night clubs, albeit hotel based. The latter tend to 'come to life' around midnight and stay busy until 4 or 5 am. The Beceren café at the base of the slopes is a favourite haunt for party animals, who although too concerned with saving their energies for the evening activities to venture on to the slopes, may still expend some effort in changing outfits several times a day. There is also a casino for those tempted to gamble.
Mulled wine (Sharap in Turkish) is popular, as is 'Efes' beer, or you might want to embrace the national Turkish spirit, it is aniseed based and called Raki.
Uludag in brief
Uludag Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Uludag Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Uludag.
Usual opening - Mid Dec.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Uludag.
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Uludag Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 15 Ski Lifts of Uludag are able to uplift 8,470 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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