about erzurum

Erzurum is situated at the edge of a plain where nature has speared no beauty being established at the foot of the Palandoken mountain in Eastern Anatolia. The establishment of the city in this location is not a coincidence. Through its history of 6000 years it has been an economic and political centre in the region. Erzurum has hosted some of the most important civilizations of the world such as the Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans. It is the untouched tourism paradise of Turkey that is worth traveling through for sightseeing with its geographical properties and beauties of nature in addition to the very important remains of these civilizations.

 Winter Sport

Erzurum is one of the world’s winter tourism centers of limited number with its geographical features, convenient for skiing for 5 months, with its snow quality, long tracks and facilities. Palandöken Mountains covering an area of 70 km wide and 25 km high on the south of the city center was proclaimed to be a Winter Tourism Center in 1993. Erzurum, where there are Konaklı and Kandilli ski centers, offers service for winter tourism with ice halls and jumping towers. In Erzurum where snow asserts itself between October-November, skiing season begins at the beginning of November and continues till the end of April. Palandöken sustains the power snow feature which enables skiing for a whole skiing season due to its climate. Climate conditions are convenient for the winter tourism at the uttermost. The mean temperature is -5,-9 C throughout the winter lasting for 5 months. Palandöken Mountains is among skiing areas of first-degree importance and of first priority for Turkey with regards to winter sports and winter tourism and carries the feature of being an international station in terms of freestyle skiing and touristic movements in winter. The city, having hosted 25. Universiade Winter Games, became one of the new attraction centers of Turkey and the world for winter tourism.Palandöken Ski Center among the longest and the steepest tracks of the world has an altitude difference between 2000 -3176 m. There are 7 easy, 8 middle and professional tracks and 4 natural tracks within the ski center. 10 chairlifts, 1 teleski, 2 baby lifts and 1 gondola lift offer service within the center. With gondola lift, one can reach to Ejder Tepesi to 3176 m with one climb. The ski center having some attractive tracks for alpine discipline and snowboard gives the opportunity to various activities such as paragliding, mountain climbing, snow tube and paintball. There are two registered tracks by Federation of International Ski for big slalom competitions. Approximately 12 thousand people can do skiing at the same time on all tracks. “Gaz-Ex” artificial avalanche triggering system has been established in order to prevent potential avalanches. In the Palandöken Ski Center, which can serve skiers at any level, there are 2 hotels with 5 stars, 1 hotel with 3 stars and 1 with 2 stars. Total bed capacity inside both private and public facilities is 2681. However, numerous hotels with 2 or 3 stars serve in the city center. The distance of ski center 15 km away from the airport is only 4 km. Transportation is provided by Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality busses within non-business days and by private cars and taxies only in the remaining days.