Kartalkaya Ski Center in 2024
Not far from Istanbul airport. Ataturk, the famous ski resort Kartalkaya is located in the mountains of Koroglu. Most tourists are used to seeing beautiful sunny beaches and azure sea in Turkey. Such resorts in 2024 are not the only thing in this wonderful country. Turkey can also offer ski resorts where the trails are open 120 days a year.
The resort is located on the territory of the National Landscape Park – Koroglu. Despite the fact that this resort has only recently been opened, it has already gained wide popularity among amateur tourists and professionals of skiing. Starting from December 20th to March 20th, the resort is open for recreation.
It will not be difficult to get there, as many transport routes go in this direction. You can take a train to Kirikkale, and from there by car or bus to Kartalkaya. On the way, you can have a snack in the town of Bolu. Turkish cuisine is very high in calories, you will get a boost of vivacity and energy for the whole day. There is a very attractive and good market in Bolu, where you can buy food and plunge into the local way of life. Kartalkaya junction station is located 10 km from Bolu, and the summit is about 28 km from this place.
When traveling by car, be sure to follow the rules of the road, because there are many police radars on this section of the road. Do not miss the sportswear and equipment store "KayKay Kiralama Merkezi" on the way. In this store you can rent skis or snowboards, as well as any equipment you need. Keep in mind that resort prices for equipment rental differ significantly from store prices, so it's worth staying a little longer on this stretch of road.
Kartalkaya is located at an altitude of 2000 meters. There are three hotels in the resort - Grand Kartal, Dorukkaya and Kartal Hotel. The Kartal Hotel was the first to appear on this territory. Founded back in the 70s, it has retained the style of the last century. The simplest room has a private bathroom, TV, bed, sofa, hairdryer, air conditioning, wardrobe. The safe is located at the desk, where you can always place your valuables. The price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Around five o'clock in the evening, a tea party with oriental sweets is arranged for hotel guests.
The Grand Kartal and Kartal Hotel have free ski lifts on site. All descents are divided by colors depending on the difficulty of the route. There are a couple of "blue", four "red" and several "black" tracks. It should be noted that black descents in Turkey are much simpler than similar descents in Europe. The total length of the slopes is 20km. 10 lifts can take you to the top of the mountain. There are several cafes on the territory of the resort. One of them is located at an altitude of 2300m., the second is near the main road. The cafe has toilets and there is always hot coffee.
But there are also more difficult routes that are closed in bad weather and a blizzard. The length of the ski lift on this ski slope is 1200m. If you don't know how to skate, you can take lessons. The prices of group classes are somewhat cheaper than individual classes - about $ 70. The more people there are, the lower the price. If you want to take a tour of all the slopes with an instructor, it will cost you $200.
Ski holidays are very much tied to the weather. During bad weather, animators, fitness centers, a cinema, clubs with live music, and performances are working in hotels. The snow cover reaches three meters. It is very stable, and allows you to practice both downhill skiing, biathlon, slalom, freestyle.
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