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Turkey is not one of world's top skiing destination, yet it has a dozen of decent resorts and even heli-skiing available


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The country is famous among beach holiday vacationers rather than skiers. All the same, along with three seas, it has quite a hilly terrain well-appropriate for skiing and snowboarding and has a range of skiing resorts scattered all over its area. The majority of them are located in the northern part and have quite an extended season from December to March, and some operate well into late April, like in neighbouring Georgia. Winter sports are available even at the Mediterranean coastline, in Saklıkent Ski Resort, the season is naturally shorter.

Two largest skiing resorts are located at Palandöken in the east, and Erciyes, Central Anatolia, and offer 72 and 55 skiing slopes correspondingly. Uludağ Resort is celebrated as the oldest one and remains the most popular in Turkey, with its 28 kilometres of slopes and the highest point located at around 2,500 meters.

Other smaller resorts include Kartalkaya, Kartepe, Sarıkamış, and Ilgaz Ski Resorts. Elmadağ is known to be the smallest ski resort offering just 1,5 kilometres of skiing area, Saklıkent Ski Resort has considerably shorter season that starts only in mid-winter and ends in early spring, and Kartepe mountains are the lowest ones ranging from 1400 to 1700 meters, and hence this resort is the best option for the beginners and intermediate skiers.

If you wish for a true free ride off the beaten track, you should opt for the helicopter skiing. That's a great opportunity to hire your own helicopter for an entire week and ski wherever you want in the area of 4500 square kilometres. The season is shorter than general skiing season in most resorts and lasts from late January to early March.

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