Whether looking for a place to ski, snowboard, or just a place to picnic in the snow, Mt. Erciyes is the place for you! A non-active volcano located in Kayseri, the ski area has many slopes including a brand new one which opened this weekend!
The new slope has a cafe at the bottom of the hill. There is a beautiful new “gondola” which can hold about 8 people in each car.
That takes you up the mountain to approximately 2645 meters.
There is another restaurant located at that point serving hot drinks, kebabs, and grilled meats.
On a sunny day, it’s lovely to sit out on the balcony and take in the views.
From that point, there are actually two trails. One utilizes the gondola for a return trip up the hill. The other has a traditional bench-style ski lift.
The new slopes are not as wide as the older trails.
So if you prefer snowboarding, the older slopes may be better for you.
The older slope has at least two trails as well with t-bar style lifts.
. . . and a small cafe at the bottom of the hill. Of course, you have to deal with loud booming American music. Too bad they don’t recognize that the lyrics are filthy!
There is lots of fun for everyone!
The Grand Opening of the new slopes is set for February 19th. It is unclear what the costs will be to ski here. This weekend, the new slopes were free. Apparently, the mayor of Kayseri has decided not to charge for the entire season. We will see about that!
If you are going, it is a very easy and direct trip by car from Ankara. You can also go with public transportation. Take the bus to Kayseri’s City Center. Then take the Develi bus to Erciyes. It will take you to the old slopes. There is a connection to get you to the new slopes (although it was still closed this weekend.)
According to a printed brochure (which I can’t fully read), there are 11 lifts and and 13 trails, with many more coming next year. Give their website a try. The links are currently not working. Perhaps they will work for you!
Here is a short clip taken with the new GoPro camera. Check YouTube often for more vidoes!
For more info, visit these links: http://www.kayseri.bel.tr/web2/uploads/images/erciyesturizmmerkezi/analizler.jpg
2014 Update: The cost to use the trails/lifts is only 25tl per day per person.