Visitor reviews for Davraz Ski Resort
February 07, 2014
Jamie from United Kingdom
Davraz is a great place to go for a day's skiing if you live in the local area. It's an easy two hour drive from Antalya, on the coast to the ski centre car park. I have only ever been on a Sunday so I cannot say if all the lifts are open on other days, but I have never had a problem with crowds. This year (2013/2014) there is a shortage of rain/snow, in Turkey, so the season will be short, but last year we went at the end of March and there was just about enough snow at the bottom of the lift (still a couple of metres at the top though, but the terrain is limited without the big main lift).
Last year they opened a big new lift to the top of mountain (around 2400m) so there is now an impressive total vertical of about 800m, though this is not all skiable in one run. However, in typically Turkish style there are no maps anywhere on the internet showing this lift, and zero advertising about this lift anywhere! Last year the route from the top was left as a fairly steep unpisted run (probably equivalent to an Alpine red run) but the YouTube videos I have seen from this year show a less steep but longer gentle pisted zig-zagging run down to the bottom.
There are also a couple of nice runs leading to the resort's only drag lift. If they modernized this lift and added snow cannons to the bottom couple of hundred metres near the hotel they would create a decent snow-sure resort.
The weather is generally sunny and mild and the pistes are normally quiet so this is something of an undiscovered gem. The main piste is also fairly gentle and pretty ideal for beginners, so skiers of all abilities can enjoy themselves.
One tip: bring your own packed lunch. There is a cafe halfway up the mountain, but last year they did not even have running water in their kitchen or in the toilets. There was no way I was eating from there!
To the management of Davraz: sort out your marketing, get some snow cannons and invest in a couple of new lifts and some new runs and you would have the best ski resort in Turkey! There is a huge local population in Antalya waiting for a decent ski resort on their doorstep.
As it stands, Davraz is a fun but limited mountain, ideal for day trips but lacking the terrain to entertain decent skiers for longer than this.
Overall: 3.8. Based on 15 votes and 24 reviews. Vote
(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 Davraz.
Public Transport: 3.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Davraz, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Davraz, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Davraz.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Davraz, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(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) Davraz is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Davraz relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Davraz, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Davraz are groomed daily.
(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) Davraz is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Davraz, 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: 4.2
(1) Davraz 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: 3.8
(1) The staff at Davraz are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Davraz are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(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: 3.7
(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: 3.8
(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: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Davraz has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Davraz, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 2.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Davraz, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(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.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Davraz, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Davraz has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.2
(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.
(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.
(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: 3.7
(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.
(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: 3.6
(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: 3.7
(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): 3.9
(1) Overall, Davraz 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Davraz 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.
February 17, 2009
Onur Sevindik from Turkey
The lift staff at Davraz are talkative and helpful but I can't say the same for the hotel staff. They are rude and they have a weird attitude against Turkish people.
The lifts at Davraz total 5 (2 baby lifts, 2 grand lifts and 1 T-bar). The lifts are comfortable but the T-bar is a pain for boarders because it's very steep.
The pistes and landscape are magnificent. Well I don't really mean pistes as boarders have many paths to ride, all natural and highly-enjoyable.
Davraz is an expensive ski center but if you buy 2-5 days ski passes it's much cheaper: 1 day ski pass = 45 TL(Turkish Lira) but for 5 days it's 100 TL so you do the maths (for hotel customers those prices are lower - at maybe %50).
Isparta has many hotels (up to 4 stars), but I suggest "Isparta Öğretmen Evi" which is cheap and is fair quality (clean and safe): 20 TL/day. It's located at the center so is very, very central. You can rent cars from different 'rent-a-car' places. The hotel could help you with this. It's around 40-50 TL for a fine car.
I also have been in Uludağ and comparing to Uludağ (all pistes, lifts), Davraz rocks. I have heard good things about Kartalkaya ski center but I have no info about it.
If you are looking for nice night clubs and cafes and services like these go to Uludağ. But if you want some ski/boarding experience in natural surroundings with pistes + free-ride, go to Davraz.
Have fun :)
P.s. all the prices and info are up to date for 2009 season.
January 23, 2008
John &Elizabeth Lain from United Kingdom
My Husband and I had a days skiing at Davraz and had a great time. We were really impressed with the lifts which were quite new, not what we were expecting. Although only two lifts, we had a great day. The hire shop was brilliant. They even put your boots on and pulled them off at the end of the day, which is usually a struggle. Hire of boots and skis 30lire. Ski suits are available to hire as well.
December 22, 2005
Baris from Turkey
I've had my best snowboard holiday in Davraz. It was just like the photo on this page. Everywhere was covered with at least 4-5 meters of powder snow and the sun was above. There was a natural pipe of more than 1 km., it's really a mountain to see, lots of natural shapes makes Davraz great for free riding. The worst part is there are only two lifts servicing.
December 20, 2005
Refik Cetin from Turkey
Davras is the mountain resort that you can watch the beautiful view of lakes of Isparta..You can smell the roses downward the slopes.Try it..Refik Cetin