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Elmadag Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Elmadag Ski Resort

  • January 29, 2012
    from Turkey

    Update to my comment on Jan 25 2012...
    The second ski area at Elmadag is a military training (social?) area. No access for civilians - a shame as the lifts and slopes are groomed, unlike the public ski area.
    Snow was okay at the public area today with very few tracks away from the lift-line. The lift is an old T-bar and is not groomed - many beginners coming off the lift and even some idiots trying to toboggan right down the lift line. No real piste to speak of. Tickets are sold in blocks of 5, 10, etc with 5 rides costing 7.5TL. For a Sunday morning I never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for the lift so managed to spend 5-rides in under an hour.
    Be aware that the car parking is utter chaos. If you arrive early and end up at the far end of one of the carparks it will be almost impossible to get out before the crowds leave in the afternoon. Parking was 15TL (possible a foreigner price, possibly not as parking is very limited).
    As a quick blast, if the snow is good this is a fairly easy option from Ankara, but try to get there early on a Saturday if going on the weekend (opens 9.30 or 10?) and try not to get stuck in the carpark!

  • Elmadag Ratings

    Overall: 1.9. Based on 3 votes and 3 reviews. Vote

    Access: 4.7

    (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 Elmadag.

    Public Transport: 2.7

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

    Scenery: 2.0

    (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: 2.3

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

    Cheap Rooms: 2.0

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

    Luxury Hotels: 1.3

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

    Ski in/Ski out: 3.0

    (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: 1.3

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

    Snowsure: 3.0

    (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) Elmadag is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 1.0

    (1) Elmadag relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 1.0

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

    Shelter: 1.0

    (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) Elmadag is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 1.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Elmadag, 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: 2.3

    (1) Elmadag 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: 1.7

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

    Crowds/Queues: 3.0

    (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: 1.0

    (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: 1.3

    (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: 1.0

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

    Beginners: 2.0

    (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: 2.0

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

    Advanced: 1.3

    (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: 1.0

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

    Off-piste: 2.7

    (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: 1.7

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

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.3

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

    Mountain Dining: 2.0

    (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: 2.0

    (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: 2.0

    (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: 1.0

    (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: 1.3

    (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: 1.0

    (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: 2.3

    (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): 3.0

    (1) Overall, Elmadag 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): 4.7

    (1) Overall, Elmadag 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 25, 2012
    from Turkey

    Seems to be a new operation at Elmadag opened in the last year or two which is separate to the old area and goes up to almost the top of the main hill (by the military area). I've yet to visit but can see 2 groomed pistes and at least one surface lift from my apartment window. Anyone known anything about this area?
    With the snow over the last day and another 15 cm forecast by the end of the week I may give it a quick try on the weekend.

  • September 19, 2006
    from Turkey

    Not the best resort in the world, but if you can't go to ski anywhere else you may try practicing in Elmadag. It's just one hill and one lift. The steep part is very short and the remaining is just for beginners. The weather must be very snowy before you visit there, else you won't find any snow to ski on. Many people go there just for picnic and to get fresh air.