Winter sports resorts in Turkey are generally located in forested mountains of ave rage height. The following ski centres are easily accessible by road or by Turkish Airli nes domestic flights.

Bursa - Uludag: This ski centre 36 km south of Bursa is accessible along a good asphalt road or by cable - car. The ski area lies between 1800-1900 m and the best season is from December to April. A wide range of accommodation is available in ho tels, in family chalets and apres ski facilities. At the resort there are chair-lifts, three ski-lifts, slalom and giant slalom courses, beginner's slopes and a small hospital. Skis, equipment, and instructors are available for hire. Total bed capacity is 3,500.

Antalya - Saklikent Situated north east of Bakirli dagi the Beydag mountain range, 50 km north west of Antalya, at a height of 2000 m. Accommodation is available in guest house/chalets and there are restaurants, shops and a supermarket. The best season is from January to April. The special attraction of this centre is that in March and April one can ski in the mornings then drive down to the coast and swim in the warm waters of the Medite rranean in the afternoons.

Bolu-Kartalkaya This resort situated on the Istanbul - Ankara highway 50 km from Bolu is surroun ded by pinewoods, the ski area Iying between 1500 and 2200 m. Kartal Hotel 1 and 2 with a total 743 bed capacity have a swimming pool, ski-lift and equipment for hire, and ski instructors are available.

Erzurum-Palandoken This centre is 6 km from Erzurum along a good road, Iying at an altitude of 2200 to 3100 m with some of the longest and most difficult courses and best snow conditions in Turkey, making it an ideal location for international ski competitions. Accommoda tion is available at a 140 bed centrally heated ski lodge with telephone, restaurant, chair - lift and ski instructors and equipment are available for hire. Also there are a number of hotels in Erzurum. December to April is the most suitable season.

Kars - Sarikamis Situated near Kars at 2250 m, this ski centre also has good courses and ideal snow conditions, the area is also noted for its hunting. One can stay in the town itself or at the 60 bed capacity centrally heated ski lodge with ski-lift and ski instructors avai lable. Best season is December to April.

Kayseri - Erciyes This ski centre lies at 2150 m on the eastern face of Erciyes Dagl, Tekir Yaylasi (plateau), 25 km from Kayseri. The season is from November to May and there is a 135 bed capacity ski lodge and good courses, a ski - lift and babylift, ski instructors and equipment are available.

Ankara - Elmadag This is a lovely place to relax, 23 km out of Ankara, to get fresh air and to dine far away from the clamour and air pollution of the city. There is a 10 room (33 beds) hotel, chalets (130 beds), a pleasantly decorated a la carte restaurant, a snack bar/ discotheque, and parking.

llgaz Dagi Situated between Kastamonu and Cankiri at the junction of the Istanbul- Kastamonu, Ankara-Kastamonu roads. In the llgaz National Park amidst beautiful wo odlands the slopes lie at 1820-2000m. There are picnic facilities, chalets (50 beds) and good hunting in the area.

Zigana - Gumushane This centre is 30 km from Gumushane, and lies at an altitude of 1870 m above a pine forested valley. There is a ski-lift, cafeteria and a restaurant. The season is from December to the end of April.

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