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  • February 02, 2012
    from Turkey

    Best spring spring skiing on Mount Ararat is March-April. In May snow is melting and rocks are getting loose.

  • Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat Ratings

    Overall: 4.9. Based on 3 votes and 13 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.5

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat.

    Public Transport: 3.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.5

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.5

    (1) No places to stay in/near Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 5.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 5.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat.

    Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 5.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 5.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 5.0

    (1) Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 5.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 5.0

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 5.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 5.0

    (1) Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 5.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 5.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 5.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 5.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 5.0

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 5.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 5.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 5.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 5.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 5.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 5.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 5.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 5.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 5.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 5.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 5.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 5.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 5.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • January 13, 2012
    from Turkey

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  • January 04, 2011
    from Turkey

    skiararat.com - Guided ski tours to Mt. Ararat and other high peaks of Turkey.

  • January 03, 2011
    from Turkey

    Trekkingararat.com is official travel agency web site for Mount Ararat trekking and skitouring expeditions. We offer 5 days light tours, 7 days standard tours, 10 days special tours. Our guides speak English, French, German, Spanish and have great experience in all Turkish mountains. contact us at ararat(at)trekkingararat.com

  • March 10, 2010
    from Turkey

    Hi,
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  • December 01, 2009
    from Turkey

    All mountain ski tour to the organization of Turkey ...
    Summer and spring tours to Mount Ararat in the organization ...

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  • July 03, 2009
    from Spain

    We tried Ağrı Dağı or Mount Ararat on the 17th of June; too tough, no chance. Winds were terrible, snow storm at 4200 the second day. Every night storms and winds didn't let us sleep. This time it couldn't be. Don't know if there will be another chance for us but in any case the experience was worthy.

  • July 23, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    Nostalgic, looking at the map.
    Climbed this year, with local guide, Mustafa Arsin. We were happy with the trip, to be recommended.
    www.letsgotomtararat.com

  • April 22, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    Mountain guideing (Winter and Summer). Winter : ski tours to Eastern Turkey to Mt.Ararat, Mt.Suphan...etc...trekking expeditions. Detailed information, get in contact to MOUNTAINS ADVENTURE team.
    www.mountainsadventure.com
    abdullahturhan@superonline.com
    +90.212.5190024 - 5135978 - 5135933 / İstanbul - TURKEY

  • February 01, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    Mountain guideing (Winter and Summer). Winter : ski tours to Eastern Turkey to Mt.Ararat, Mt.Suphan...etc...trekking expeditions. Detailed information, get in contact to MOUNTAINS ADVENTURE team.
    www.mountainsadventure.com
    e.mail : turhanlar@veezy.com
    telephone :0212.5190024 - 0212.5135933
    fax : 0212.5135978 (Mr.Atilla)