Sarıkamış – Kars – Turkey
Season : November 15 – April 15
Best Season : December 20 – March 20
The best snow conditions during the five-month ski season are between December and March, while cheaper rates can be had on weekdays in November and April.
Sarıkamış ski center is located near Sarıkamış, 60 km from Kars in Eastern Turkey. The nearest airport is 50 km away.
Sarıkamış, “Turkey’s Insburg”, which has got one of the longest skiing pastes of the World, is 50 km from Kars Airport. The duration of the skiing season is 120 days a year. The altitude in the skiing area of Sarıkamış is 2200-2634 m and covered by pine forest. The almost suitable skiing conditions are between 20 December and 20 March. The average snow fall is 1.5 m in normal winter conditions.
One of the most important characteristics that distinguishes Sarıkamış from other pastes is the type of the snow and its natural beauties. The crystal snow, which is extremely convenient for skiing sport and found only in the Alps, is found in Sarıkamış. Although the most part of the year is sunny, the snow remains the same as the first day and gives the skiers the pleasure of skiing in safety. We say ‘in safety’ because there is no risk of avalanche in Sarıkamış.
Since the pastes are surrounded by the Scotch pine Forests, they are also guarded against the wind. Sarıçam Skiing Facilities, which is located very closed to Hotel Çamkar, is the largest skiing facility of Turkey and the third of the World with its computer equipped telesiege system with the capacity of 2400 pax per hour.
First lap is 2400m long and has an ideal slope for the beginners. There are 4 pastes in the second lap which has the length of 2200m. When you complete the piste of 7 km surrounded by Scotch pine forests, you will have completed the longest piste of Turkey.
In Cıbıltepe, which has the altitude of 2700 m, there are 2 laps with 5 pastes with suitable difficulty levels for all skiers. First lap is 2400 m long and has an ideal slope for the beginners. There are 4 pastes in the second lap which has the length of 2200 m. When you complete the piste of 7 km surrounded by Scotch pine forests, you will have completed the longest piste of Turkey.
Sarıkamış and the surrounding have suitable conditions for Alpine skiing, ski touring and cross country skiing. This center is equipped with 2 chairlifts and 1 T bar. Qualified skiing instructors and equipment for hire are available. The center has first aid facilities and mechanical equipment are under surveillance of experts. Accommodations can be booked through us.
LIFTS & SKI SLOPES
Vertical drop: 2,250 m/ 7,380 ‘
Lifts:1 with a capacity of 1800 person/hour
SKIING LESSONS & SKI RENTAL
Qualified skiing instructors and equipment for hire are available.
You may take private skiing lessons. Average rate is US $24.-/One hour.
You may hire skiing stuff. Average rate is US $8.-
There is shop at the hotel offering different kinds of products for skiers.
CLIMATE : Continental
WIND DIRECTION : South, West
SKIING SEASONS : 5 months (November 15th – April 15th)
ALTITUDE : 2634 meters / 8636 feet
SKI AREAS : Between 2100-2634 m /6885-8636 feet
INFRASTRUCTURE : Available
PHYSICAL PLAN : Existing
PROPOSED BED CAPACITY : 2665 Beds
LIFTS : 1 lift with a total capacity of 1800 person/hour
Traditionally a hunting ground, Sarıkamış is an interesting yet small ski resort that is noted for its variety of tree-lined runs, Turkey’s longest piste and exceptional Alpine snow quality throughout the season. Located near the town of Kars in northeastern Turkey, Sarıkamış is an inexpensive ski destination which boasts quality accommodation.
Sarıkamış ski resort’s village is situated at 7,218 feet above sea level and there are well-qualified ski and snowboard instructors available to help you improve your skills and ski and snowboard equipment hire as well as retail and first-aid facilities.
There are nine pastes at Sarıkamış ski resort, each at different levels of the mountain. They are geared to all levels of skier and snowboarder ability and range from a few hundred feet in length to over one mile, while the four-mile run here is Turkey’s longest. Supplying the slopes are two chairlifts and one t-bar at a rate of over 1,800 people per hour.
There are four hotels with a total of over 1,000 beds available at Sarıkamış ski resort, with Hotel Зamkar being particularly noted for its quality ski instructors and convenient ski lift. There is not much in the way of apres-ski entertainment at Sarıkamış ski resort, but the town and nearby Kars have additional options for both nightlife and accommodation.
Sarıkamış ski resort’s ski season runs from mid-November to mid-April and has its best snow between December and March, while discounts are available at the beginning and end of the season. The most convenient travel option for getting to Sarıkamış is to fly to Kars and then take the bus.
Sarıkamış Ski Resort located in northeast Turkey, has the longest piste in the country and also boasts consistent crystal snow, usually only seen at ski destinations in the Alps. The skiing and snowboarding is through pine forests and the views and scenery are incredible, while the resort is well equipped with good facilities and accommodation options here are reasonable.
Nine pastes are available for skiers and snowboarders including everyone from learners to experienced sliders. The pastes rise to altitudes over 8,530 feet above sea level and include Turkey’s longest at a whopping four miles. Additionally, cross-country skiing is also available at Sarıkamış.
Three ski lifts including a t-bar and two chairlifts provide slope access for nearly 2,000 people per hour.
For those who also enjoy non-piste skiing and snowboarding, ski touring, Alpine skiing and horse-driven sleigh rides are available, while saunas and other wellness facilities are available at the hotels, as is the bulk of apres-ski entertainment.
For a small resort, Sarıkamış comes with commendable facilities including quality equipment hire, a ski and snowboard shop, first-aid station and qualified ski and snowboard instructors, while over 1,000 beds are available at four hotels on the slopes and another 2,500 in nearby Kars.
Sarıkamış Ski Resort is 900 miles east of Istanbul and more than 620 miles east of Ankara in the region of Kars, northeast Turkey. Although there are alternative travel options for getting to and from Sarıkamış that involve driving, trains and buses, flying to Kars and transferring by car or bus is the most convenient and feasible option.
If you intend on driving to Sarıkamış Ski Resort from Istanbul’s Atatьrk International Airport, you will have to allow two days traveling time. The route goes via Ankara on the O4 motorway, from where the D-200 highway travels east to Altkцy and the D-100 and D-080 continue on towards Sarıkamış.
Trains run from Istanbul to Sarıkamış via Ankara, Sivas and Erzurum, but the journey is arduous. Despite being one of the cheapest ways of reaching the resort, traveling by bus or train is not comfortable or fast.
Flying both to Istanbul and onto Erzurum or Kars is the best and fastest option. Istanbul receives many carriers and daily flights, and there are frequent services to Kars and Erzurum. Either airport offer bus transfers to Sarıkamış Ski Resort or you can drive yourself. Kars airport is 40 miles northeast of Sarıkamış, while Erzurum is 90 miles.
Taking a domestic flight to either Kars or Erzurum from Istanbul and then traveling to the resort by bus is the most practical way to get to Sarıkamış.
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