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Welcome to, the primary source of information for skiing and snowboarding in Turkey. Turkey offers superb skiing and snowboarding opportunities in high altitude mountains with excellent snow conditions throughout the year. We want you to experience traditional Turkish hospitality while exploring the untouched corners and breathtaking views of the mountains of Turkey.

With our very experienced operation team, it is easy to access world-renowned ski resorts, Test various ski slopes, be adventurous and try heli-skiing, and explore interesting slopes with your snowboard in Turkey. Rest and recuperate in stylishly elegant but cosy accommodation while taking advantage of superb services of ski resorts, and feel the warmth of traditional Turkish hospitality in the cold of the mountains. We cater to the needs of international ski groups and ski camps for students.

With Turkey being a naturally high terrain, with forested peaks and mountain ranges, international skiers can discover winter sports, such as alpine and touring skiing, in Turkey through a number of top quality ski resorts. The depth of snow in Turkey is superb in many of the high altitude resorts. During the winter season the depth of the snow reaches approximately 3 metres, and with natural forests, the beauty of the mountainous areas is absolutely spectacular.

Located mainly in forested mountains, ski resorts are easily accessible either by road or by airline and we are here to provide you with an unforgettable, unique winter experience.

Turkey's top winter ski facilities are spread across the slopes from the Black Sea Region to the Mediterranean, and from Cappadocia to Southeast Anatolia. Therefore, with peaks covered in snow nearly all year, you can visit an interesting historical site in the morning and then enjoy some exhilarating but breathtaking skiing in the afternoon.

Grab your skis, choose your resort and be adventurous!!


Skiing Turkey proudly represents all ski resorts in affiliation with international online hotel booking systems. Find your ideal winter holiday destination at your fingertips now!


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Click to the links for browsing pictures and actual prices for this winter season. The following list is composed based on the travel distance from Istanbul. (Closest on the top)


- Green Park Resort - Izmit Kartepe Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Grand Yazici Hotel - Bursa Uludag  Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Karinna Hotel - Bursa Uludag  Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Uslan Hotel - Bursa Uludag Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Atasu Hotel - Bursa Uludag Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Beceren Palace - Bursa Uludag Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Fergana Buyuk Hotel - Bursa Uludag Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Kervansaray Hotel - Bursa Uludag Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Fahri Hotel - Bursa Uludag Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Kaya Palazzo Deluxe - Bolu Kartalkaya Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Dorukkaya Hotel - Bolu Kartalkaya Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Kartal Hotel - Bolu Kartalkaya Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Esentepe Hotel - Bolu for Kartalkaya (1hr) / Facts & Prices

- Doruk Hotel - Çankiri Ilgaz Ski Center / Facts & Pricesrent your car today by

- Saklikent Hotel - Antalya Saklikent Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Mirada Del Lago - Kayseri Erciyes Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Bulent Hotel - Kayseri Erciyes Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Dedeman Ski Lodge - Erzurum Palandoken Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Dedeman Hotel - Erzurum Palandoken Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Polat Renaissance - Erzurum Palandoken Ski Center / Facts & Prices

- Camkar Hotel - Kars Sarikamis Ski Center / Facts & Prices


The History of Skiing

Skiing arose as an outcome of the struggle of mankind to survive against nature. The primitive form of the ski in pre-historic times, was designed for people to walk over the snow, and consisted of wooden pieces in various shapes and sizes that were tied to their feet. The very first example of a ski dates back to 5000 years ago. Skis were made from ash, silver birch, and pine wood; the soles of the ski were made of pine wood which had been covered with tar; and the ski soles were made from silver birch wood which was coated with animal hides.

The Historical Ski Types

Siberia, Mongolia and Altai are the places where skis were first invented and utilized. Later it spread to North America, the Balkans, and Anatolia and further northwest to Scandinavia and Iceland. A primitive ski (Hoting Ski), which was found in 1921 and made of pine wood in Sweden, had been determined as being 4500 years old. Three types of skis were found after excavation.

Southern Style Skis: The skis thought to be used in the Ural Mountains, Middle Europe and Southern Norway, were tied at the ankles, were long and the peaks had been folded upwards.

Northern Style Skis: The soles of the ski reminiscent of those used in Siberia and the present day, had been coated with hide and were short and wide.

Nordic Style Skis: The sole of the ski implied that the first skis used in Japan were corrugated and the left foot was longer than the right one.

The Development of Skiing as a Sport

Skiing has been used as a method of transportation for intercommunication between Norway, Sweden and Finland and in some of East European countries from as early as the 15th century and was also used for military purposes. Sweden, Norway, Poland and Russia adopted skiing as a sport. Ski competitions were first arranged in Cristina in 1866 and as a result, greater organization was made in Oslo in 1879 and ski jump races were included. Due to this, a Norwegian man, Fridtj of Nansen, and his six man squad, reached the northern frontier of Greenland by ski, and after publishing his book, "The First Crossing of Greenland" interest in skiing greatly increased. In 1896 Mathias Zdarsky made a great break through by inventing new techniques on the basics of Alpine Style skiing.

The club named "Ski Club de Cristina" founded in 1877 Fridtj of Nansen, is the first in the world and others followed in 1890 in Germany, in 1907 in France and in 1903 in England


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