Visitor reviews for Uludağ Ski Resort
November 18, 2017
Ertan usta from Turkey
Only for Arab tourists who do not ski. Terrible resort with old lifts and people walking on the slopes.
Overall: 3.7. Based on 45 votes and 47 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 Uludağ.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Uludağ, (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 Uludağ, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Uludağ.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.3
(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 Uludağ, (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) Uludağ is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Uludağ relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Uludağ, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Uludağ 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) Uludağ is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Uludağ, 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: 4.1
(1) Uludağ 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: 4.0
(1) The staff at Uludağ are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Uludağ 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: 4.0
(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: 3.9
(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: 3.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Uludağ 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 Uludağ, (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 Uludağ, (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 Uludağ, (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) Uludağ has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.9
(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: 3.6
(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: 3.3
(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: 3.4
(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): 3.3
(1) Overall, Uludağ 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): 3.4
(1) Overall, Uludağ 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.
December 31, 2015
Ümit from Turkey
2015-2016 sezonuna yine uludağ'da yine Uludağ'daki evimiz Ulukardeşler Otelde başladık. Herşey mükemmel.
[note from the editor: the omitted name was mistakenly thought to be of another reviewer, which are not included in resort reviews.]
April 05, 2012
Jay from United Kingdom
Written 5/4/2012 -
Uludag is an okay resort and I'd advise you go as part of your visit to Turkey and cities like Istanbul and Bursa - a ski holiday in Uludag will prove boring and unchallenging for intermediates and pros - unless you can go backmountain and ski on powder comfortably, however, it should be ideal for families and kids who have just started.
Although Uludag is Turkey's oldest and most famous, the piste is not well designed and some lifts were exclusive to some hotels even though I had a full resort pass - 65Lira for 1.5days in March.
The links between lifts and runs were not great and one has to make routes which is good but nothing compared to Europe. On a positive the snow is great, natural and real powder, you'll love the off-piste; but be warned the mountain gradient is not high, there are no black runs, maybe a few red and the runs are generally short; at most spend 3-4 days there.
However, it's not cheap, the hotels are expensive (even the basic ones) and at the weekend they double their prices, so negotiate and ask for an 'inderim'/discount and see where you go. Ski hire was 20lira per day in March for ski/pole and boots and private lessons were 60lira for 50mins.
I hope this helps and personally I'll ski in Turkey again, but at Palandoken in Ezurum in east Turkey which is a new resort and at 3300m high, it should prove more rewarding! We'll see :-)
December 29, 2011
techno from United Kingdom
Just been skiing for Christmas 2011. Excellent conditions for a few days. warmed up again this week.
Uludag is a great place but needs more available information on the net.
April 24, 2011
Orhan from United Kingdom
The resort and the way it is advertised (or not in this case) really needs looking into. It is poor to say the least and needs updating and I don't mean renovated hotel rooms. Skiing is a planned event but without being able to find sufficient information on the internet, you cannot plan anything. The piste maps are basic and minimal. For a small resort, you'd expect to be able to ski down any run, not in Uludag. Please, someone manage the resort, sort out the ski lifts set up a website dedicated to skiing only. Then the hotels can use this website to advertise themselves. Skiing is a great hobby, but with so much choice, Uludag needs to do more to make it appealing for skiers, not just from Turkey but all over.
January 14, 2011
ioannis from Afghanistan
I visited Uludağ the second week of January, where I saw a very nice landscape. I rent ski set at a reasonable price and I had a lot of fun. The difficulty was that the road that drives to the village, after the gates of the park, was icy and if you don't have snow tyres you have to use chains (I had rent a car). They should clean the road as they do to the rest part which drives from Bursa to the park gates.
I found a map for the ski center but this only represents the slopes and the lifts. There is no information about the slopes difficulty so they have to improve it. I believe that they must operate a web site dedicated to Uludağ ski center which can give you all the information you need, with maps, web cams, accomodation information, condition for the road etc. It is a nice ski center and it deserve this.
December 18, 2010
Volkan KUZUCU from Turkey
Big companies of Uludağ made an alliance named USOG - contains all lifts of Uludağ (17 lifts with several directions).
Daily usage of lifts is 30 TL (less then 15 Euro) for hotel guests, 6 - day ticket is 90 TL (less then 45 Euro) for hotel guests. The cost of ticket for 1 - day (outside of the hotel) 60 TL - close to 30 Euro, and 180 TL for 6-day period.
Not too much payment for 66 km long lifts.
November 25, 2010
Fantome from Turkey
It is true that this year Uludağ will have a single pass system (at last) but there is a contradiction about prices. As far as I know it will be 30tl (15€) per day for hotel guests and 60tl for others which is reasonable for all skiers. And another thing is it is not 17 hotels, it is 17 lifts. And those lifts cover %99 of Uludağ.
November 08, 2010
yiannis from Greece
I visited Uludağ a year ago during a short trip in Turkey. For the quality they offer I can say that the hotels are very expensive (so the food and the drinks) and also the use of ski lifts. The safety on the slopes is very poor.
It is cheaper to visit and ski for a week in Austria than to stay for a week in Uludağ. If you visit Bansko or Pamporovo (Bulgaria) you will spend half the money. Uludağ hotels and the ski area can survive because Turkish (until today) can't travel abroad easily and the whole system relies on them.
[note from the editor: this review has been revised so the information is completely relevant]
October 07, 2010
Ahmet Akpinar from Turkey
Agaoglu and 17 more hotels have announced that they will go this 2010-2011 season on a "single pass" system for 1st and 2nd area pistes, probably not the "whole" but most of them included. According to the "non-official" information, daily unlimited price will be about 80 TL ( about 40 € ). The hotel managers are "warned" not to shuffle any price yet.
This is some good, some bad news for Uludağ. Most of the Turkish guests come here on weekends. That is the sign that the pistes will most probably be more expensive, at least doubled on daily basis. On the other hand, some of them might be connected, so you don't have to turn around on a single piste all day long.
I think, they have realized, that the critics here and other web sites are effective, and they have to do something about it.
What if they start thinking about more qualified, educated personnel, security, limiting barriers, information signs, experienced Search & Rescue Team, better teleskies, transportation between 1st and 2nd Area, and set some standards not to "fool" guests, keeping the environment and the rivers clean. Will it happen?
Well, maybe, if we keep the pressure on it...