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Only in Turkey: Ski and swim in the sea in the same day

27th January 2015

In January 2014 we published a blog about skiing in Turkey. Here is some more input on skiing in Turkey. If you are planning a weekend on the slopes before winter departs.

Snow in the morning (Saklikent) and swim in the sea in the afternoon (Antalya)

A well kept secret  that is not far from Antalya in Saklikent is a small resort which although off the beaten track offers skiing throughout the winter.

A short season due to the height of the resort but ideal for beginners and intermediates and has a certain charm due to its isolation. Prices seem reasonable with 10 passes costing 55TL.

Finally, the charming isolation means the road there can be below standard at times so chains are advisable but even more advisable is to take a taxi given it is only 50 kms from Anatalya.

With Uludag ski area seen as the play ground of the wealthy due to its proximity to Istanbul, Kartalkaya popular for ski touring and cross-country, Erciyes leading the way in snow kiting and Sarıkamis boasting the longest piste in Turkey and crystal snow, the tag of highest ski area in Turkey belongs to Palandoken.

Erzurums ski area Palandoken is at 3125m and is in the most western corner of Anatolia. The season is longer than the normal European season going from October and May, with the resort attractıng the Turkish, Russians and Ukrainians with the focus now moving towards more European customers.

The area is wild and remote and quickly developing. Do not expect the normal ski apre however lift passes are normally free included in the cost of your hotel and you can expect masses of steep off piste untouched powder.

For further information on skiing in Turkey refer to our last blog:-
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