The best skiing resorts in Europe? In Turkey!

When looking for the best skiing resorts in Europe, consider Turkey. Yes, we know, technically speaking Turkey isn’t Europe, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a skiing holiday in Turkey. Turkey may not be the first thing that pops to your mind when you’re planning your winter trip, but that’s a mistake, and these are the reasons why!

Skiing In Turkey

Skiing In Turkey

The best skiing resorts in Europe are expensive, but not in Turkey!

There you go! We’re getting straight to the point here. For a lot of holidaymakers, their skiing holiday is an extra vacation. It is not the main family trip abroad, but a luxurious and well-deserved indulgence of a bit of outdoor activity, winter sun, and of course, après-ski. Turkey’s skiing resorts offer, like their seaside counterparts, state-of-the-art all-inclusive five-star facilities for a fraction of what you would pay in popular skiing destinations like Switzerland, Austria or France. Think about it! Most ski-trips in Europe start with a long and often stressful car drive. Once you’ve reached your destination, what are the things that matter? The quality of the snow (not always a guarantee these recent years), the skiing tracks, your accommodation, and après-ski activities. So, what if you could have it all, and you could even skip the dreadful ride up to the snow? Well, you can! That is why the best skiing resorts in Europe are in Turkey! 🙂

Skilift In Turkey

Ski lift In Turkey

Snow guaranteed in Palandöken!

Snow is a quintessential ingredient for a successful skiing holiday. Turkey’s Palandöken Ski Center guarantees it! From December to the end of March you are sure to have snow in Palandöken. Even if the weather decides otherwise, they have an artificial snow system in place that keeps the tracks covered with fresh snow at all times. And you may take at all times quite literally because you can even go night skiing on the illuminated tracks. To add to the fun, you’ll find of the worlds’ longest natural trails here, as well as shooting ramps and jumping ramps. Palandöken is only 15 kilometers away from Erzurum Airport, accessible by domestic flights from Istanbul, Izmir or Ankara.

Snow Machine In Palandöken

Snow Machine In Palandöken

Other popular ski resorts in Turkey

Uludağ remains Turkey’s number one ski resort. Its proximity to Bursa might play an essential role in this, but its over 20 ski runs and the option to rent snow bikes or to go ice-skating or snowboarding most definitely doesn’t hurt! Kartalkaya, not too far from Bolu lies high up in the Köroğlu Mountains and enjoy an abundance of snow for you to enjoy on over 20 tracks. Sarıkamış, near Kars, is renowned for the high quality of the snow that is spread over 14 kilometers of slopes between 2.100 and 2.600 meters. Other famous Turkish skiing resorts include Davras, Erciyes, and Kartepe, just to name a few. Check out this overview of ski resorts in Turkey with current snow conditions and predictions.

Perfect Skiing Conditions

Perfect Skiing Conditions

Skiing in the Mediterranean?

Yet another reason why Turkey has the best skiing resorts in Europe is that you can virtually go skiing in the Mediterranean. At about 50 kilometers from the coastal resort of Antalya, the ski resort of Saklıkent offers four tracks, open from mid-December to early April. While the skiing season here is short, it does come with the bonus of the option to combine skiing with a beach holiday in winter. Imagine the luxury of skiing at 2.400 meters on top of the Bey Dağları one moment, and lying on the beach shortly after that.

Winter On The Beach In Turkey

Winter On The Beach In Turkey

The ultimate winter action thrill: heliskiing in Turkey!

Sounds exciting, right? Trust us, it is! Heliskiing allows you to access remote, off-trail skiing grounds by helicopter for snowboarding or skiing. Your cup of tea? What a coincidence! Because the Ayder Highlands in Rize (the heart of Turkey’s tea fields) are a heliskiing hub. Expect no less than the ultimate thrill with over 350 descents with vertical drops between 500 and 1.400 meters. Find out more about heliskiing in Turkey here.

Heliskiing In Turkey

Heliskiing In Turkey

In short, Turkey is a skiing destination just as much as it is a beach destination. It offers state-of-the-art facilities at almost unbeatable prices. And if you consider Saklıkent, you’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds. That is why Turkey deserves a spot on the list of the best skiing resorts in Europe. Thinking about going abroad? Think Turkey as a winter destination!

To prepare for your trip, check out our Turkey travel resources page. You’ll find direct links to the only official E-visa website, information on public transport in Turkey, and much more. Our interactive Turkey travel map is perfect when you’re looking for more things to see and do in Turkey.

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