PRAC­TI­CAL­I­TIES

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When to go

Snow-wise, the best time to ski in Turkey is be­tween Christ­mas and the end of March, as with most north­ern hemi­sphere ski re­sorts. Lift open­ing times and sea­sons vary from re­sort-to-re­sort and year-to-year: it’s best to con­tact the re­sorts for up-to-date in­for­ma­tion. www.ski­ing­turkey.com is a good source of in­for­ma­tion for specifics re­gard­ing dates of op­er­a­tion and rel­e­vant phone num­bers.

How to get there

Turk­ish Air­lines has do­mes­tic flights from Istanbul to cities rel­a­tively close to each ski area. Rental cars are avail­able at all air­ports, but 4WD, win­ter tires and/or chains are not easy to come by. If the roads are im­pas­si­ble with a rental car, take a taxi for the last leg.

What to take

Rentals are avail­able but qual­ity varies so bring­ing your own is rec­om­mended. De­spite what you might think, ski­ing in Turkey can be a very cold ex­pe­ri­ence, so come equipped.

Con­tacts

There is a much bet­ter se­lec­tion of ac­com­mo­da­tion and restau­rants in nearby towns or cities than at the ski re­sorts. In Cap­pado­cia, the spec­tac­u­lar vil­lages of Göreme and Ürgüp are about a 75-minute drive from the lifts but of­fer at­mo­spheric ho­tels with an­cient cave dwellings for rooms.

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