Zigana – Gümüşhane – Turkey
The season is between December and April, and there is an average snow depth of 1.5 m.
After going through the Zigana tunnel 60 km out on the Gümüşhane – Trabzon road, turn east on the gravel road and continue on 3.5 km. From the center of Trabzon to Zigana is 112 km on an asphalt road. Zigana is 60 km south of Trabzon, the closest airport, and just 500 m from the main road leading north of Gümüşhane. There is public and private transport from the ski centre to the city.
This centre lies at an altitude of 1870 m above a pine forested valley. There is a ski-lift, cafeteria and a restaurant. The ski centre has a lodge, a T-bar and baby-lift.
Ski Season : December – April
Snow Thickness : 1 – 1.5 m
Ski Run : Around 200 m wide, with an average gradient of 20%.
Vertical Drop : 656 feet
Top Elevation : 7385 feet
Lifts : 3 ( 1 chair lifts, 2 surface lifts ) 661 m long, 843 persons/hour
One thing though was that the slopes were too long (4.5 miles). Covered mainly with forest, the ski runs are between altitudes of 1900-2500 m, and covered with grass for most of the year.
The 2032 m. high Zigana Highland is also a ski center. Its infrastructure is completed. Zigana is one of the few places in Turkey where one can ski in the winter and do “grass sledding” in the summer. It is a very interesting place caught between the sea climate on one side and the continental on the other.
Because it is used as a ski center, it has every kind of lodging as well as shops to buy food and drink.
Hotel, restaurant, market, picnic areas are available.