ENCOUNTER EASTERN TURKEY’S SLOPES – This tour is for skiers who want to fully enjoy the diverse, white slopes of Eastern Turkey. Experience the thrill of skiing on three different majestic mountains in the space of 4 days. Mt. Palandöken has 22 trails and approximately 1000m of vertical drop, with a good mix of intermediate and advanced skiing terrain. Mt. Konaklı is an undiscovered gem about 20km from Erzurum, newly developed for the 2011 University Olympic Games. Mt. Sarıkamış offers even more diversity as you navigate routes through beautiful scenery and pine forests.
Day 1: ARRIVAL
Upon your arrival at the Erzurum airport, you will be transported to your luxurious hotel and will have the chance to get settled in. Explore the 5-star amenities and take time to sample the relaxing spa facilities, such as the traditional Turkish Hamam. Savor a traditional buffet dinner in the finely appointed dining room with panoramic views overlooking the mountain landscape.
Day 2: LET THE SKIING BEGIN
After a traditional Turkish breakfast buffet, pick up your ski rentals and enjoy Eastern Turkey’s largest slopes on Mt. Palandöken. This mountain offers a great range of routes suitable for differing levels of skill. It is ideal for those who are learning, yet it also includes some challenging runs for the thrill seekers. When you are done for the day, help yourself to the delicious and extensive selection in the dining room before enjoying some much-deserved rest in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 3: KONAKLI OLYMPIC SKI HILL
On your second day of skiing, you will be able to experience another magnificent mountain as you try out some new skiing routes on Mt. Konaklı, a 20 minute drive from your hotel. This ski hill was built in 2011 as a part of the University Olympic Games and includes some fun and challenging runs. Upon arriving back at your hotel in the evening, take some time to relax in the spa following your delicious dining experience.
Day 4: INTO THE PINE FORESTS
Your third mountain experience will be at Sarıkamış, approximately 1.5 hour drive from Erzurum. Here you will be able to enjoy a whole different style of slopes, as you weave your way through pine forests and quality snow conditions that could rival the Alps. At the end of the day you will be transported back to your hotel. Make sure to sample all of the Turkish delicacies that you haven’t tried yet, as you savour your last buffet dinner and enjoy the lights of the city as the sun sets over the mountains.
Day 5: FINAL DAY OF SKIING
If you have time after your buffet breakfast, feel free to get a few more runs in on Palandöken Mountain before you have to catch a late afternoon or evening flight.
- Ski rentals for 4 days
- Ski Lift Tickets for 4 days
- Hotel with full board for 4 nights
- Airport transfers
- Personal expenses
- Gratuity for instructors
- Ski lesson. (additional $60/hour)