Located on the 3271 metre high Palandöken, ten kilometres southwest of the town of Erzurum in eastern Anatolia, the winter sports season lasts from the beginning of December to the beginning of May. March and April are the best months according to experts, then it is cold and sunny. With a length of 7.2 kilometers, the Dragon Mountain runway is the longest downhill of Turkey. Three tow and six chairlifts as well as a cabin lift bring visitors to the slopes.
Particularly fine crystals form the soft, light powder snow. Due to the high quality of downhill runs and snow; Palandöken is also used for ski World Cup events. The ski resort also has a lot to offer in terms of night life: in the ski centre and in Erzurum, several bars and restaurants invite you to enjoy your winter holiday. Palandöken is the only winter sports area in Turkey that guarantees sufficient snow for winter sport in winter.
This may sound a bit strange at first. But skiing has also established itself in the Middle East for quite some time. Already in the year 2011 the orientation of the winter Universiade took place in Turkey in Erzurum – a competition between universities, inspired by the Olympic Games. In the country which is better known for its beach tourism, there are now more than a dozen ski resorts. Especially in Anatolia, it is strongly built in order to be in ski touring.