Skiing in Antalya

Updated: 18 January 2014 Created: 18 January 2014
Antalya is the one place in the world where you can ski and swim in the sunkissed sea all on the same day! With hundreds of thousands of tourists heading to Antalya every year, here is our guide to two of the best skiing resorts in the region:

Saklikent Ski ResortSaklikent Ski Resort
Situated on the North side of Bakirlidag on the Taurus Mountains, the Saklikent Ski resort offers a hotel, bar, ski facilities, chair lift and restaurant which is at the top of the Mountains with the most breath taking views. 

The centre is close to the Mediterranean and Equator providing a minimum of 120 days of skiing between the months of December and April. During the daytime the temperature rarely drops below minus five degrees and out of the 120 days at least 80 or more are sunny, not sunbathing hot but still pleasant. 
On average the snow is between 1 – 2 metres with the top of the Mountains having a covering of up to 5 metres. The Ski resort has instructors on hand to provide lessons for total novices through to the more accomplished skier. 

The Ski resort is about an hour from the coast of Antalya, and it should be noted that snow chains may be required for your vehicle the further up the Mountains you go. Well worth the visit even if you do not ski, simply taking the chair lift to the top of the Mountains is an experience not to be missed with the spectacular views at the top. Play in the snow for a while before enjoying a meal in the restaurant and back to Antalya for an evening swim!

davraz ski resortDavraz Mountain ski resort
The Davraz Mountain stands 2,635 metres high and is one of the Mountain masses in the region of the lakes in the Mediterranean. 

The Tourism Centre is about 8km for the closest settlement of Cobanisa. The ski centre is on the North side of Davraz Mountain in the Kulovasi plateau. The Davraz skiing centre has the benefit of being close to Antalya and the location provides opportunities for winter sports other than skiing.

The Davraz Mountain ski resort appeals to skiers of all levels and is one of the most popular sports centre’s in Turkey which has been developed considerably in the past few years. It is easily accessed due to the asphalt – paved roads and it is popular not only with the Turkish but also those from Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and Europe.

The ski centre boasts two chairlifts with the combined capacity to take 1,000 people per hour, and there are also two baby lifts.

People can ski with the stunning Egirdir Lake backdrop. There are non hazardous routes that have natural configuration, soft quality snow which is ideal for beginners. For the professional skiers there are unique tracks that are 8 – 10 km in length. There are also race style runs.

The most beneficial part of skiing at the Davraz ski centre is that there is no possibility of avalanche or being caught in one, plus the race runs are ideal for not only skiing but for cross country skiing, downhill and snowboarding for both the amateur and professionals. 

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