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Visitor reviews for Uludağ Ski Resort

Uludağ Ratings

Overall: 3.7. Based on 48 votes and 49 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.9

(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.

Variety of pistes: 3.9

(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.

Off-piste: 3.5

(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.

Scenery: 4.1

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

Access: 3.6

(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.

Accommodation: 4.2

(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: 3.0

(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.

Childcare: 3.5

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

Snowmaking: 2.8

(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.

Shelter: 3.9

(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: 3.1

(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: 4.2

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.3

(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.

Beginners: 4.4

(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: 4.3

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

Advanced: 3.8

(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: 3.0

(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.

Cross-country: 2.9

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.3

(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.

Eating: 4.0

(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: 4.2

(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.

Entertainment: 3.4

(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: 3.4

(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: 3.5

(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): 3.5

(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.

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November 08, 2010
yiannis from Ski Greece 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 Ski Turkey 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...
February 19, 2010
Zeynep from Ski Turkey Turkey
I kindly ask you to read till the end, hope you enjoy it. I admit Uludağ is not the best place for winter sports but you can make it the best for you. First of all you have to book the best term; i.e. google "uludag" and you will reach every info about events. To be honest, I wouldn't go there during the winterfest or spring break if I don't want to wait in the never ending queues etc. Between the second and last week of Feb, it is extremely crowded and I won't recommend you to go there. But when you visit the resort during the weekdays, hotels have good deals and you will do whatever you want on the borderless pistes. I also recommend you to take a one-hour lesson from the licenced ski instructors to have a good idea about the pathways and connections. I have to add that many hotels are going on a renovation this Summer and in 2010-2011 season, you will have really good service with the same prices. And as a little foot note, 1st district is the first developed one and has the most lifts; luxury hotels are located on the 2nd district, modern and very, very long and mostly black pistes are also connected with here. Please check out other resorts in Turkey before planning your trip because we have really good resorts i.e. Palandoken/Erzurum (they have registered pistes for races), Sarikamis/Kars (Sarikamis has the best snow on earth - crystal snow and the best view of forest with yellow pine trees), Ilgaz/Kastamonu etc.. You just google for them and choose the best one for you. Good luck & Thank you!
February 09, 2010
ayıcık from Ski Turkey Turkey
Uludağ is a third world resort. Zero organisation, zero respect, only people with large jeeps and ready to spend some money, manage their way. In my opinion, don't go.
February 07, 2010
Kasper from Ski Denmark Denmark
Uludağ is a nice place and it is a good option for a one or two day ski trip from Istanbul. But if you go to Uludağ then be aware of the very poor lift pass system. I very much regretted for not having bought for Agaoglu from the beginning. Instead of buying a day pass to Agaoglu for 60TL, I spend 70TL for three other lifts other lifts. Agaoglu has slopes for beginners to intermediate skiers and it also gives you access to places with powder (for some reason powder is being left untouched in Uludağ). And they even have a modern 4person express chair lift.
December 23, 2009
Jay Newman from Ski United States United States
I learned how to ski at Uludağ resort during college in 1984. I am now planning a return trip with my family this year. I think that the prices I have been quoted are very reasonable and that this will be a grand holiday when combining skiing with the sites and delights of Istanbul.
April 03, 2009
malto from Ski Turkey Turkey
The visiting of the mountain Uludağ is suitable for people living in Turkey, Asia, Africa etc. But I noticed that people living in İstanbul often go to ski at resorts in Bulgaria; Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. I want to congratulate them. It is really the best decision. There is a truly nice ski runs in Italy, France and Switzerland but if you have not visa for this country, unfortunately you must ski in Uludağ. The prices are realy high: hamburger 13YTL, Absolut votka 50 ml 21YTL Tea 4YTL. The owners and staff of the hotels at Uludağ are Turkish people with Turkish mentality. The first aim of a lot of people of this country is to deceive foreigners and strangers. At first sight we are very hospitable, friendly etc. But it is not so. A lot of people in Turkey use at least 10 masks. They never wil not understand that deceive yourself. Thank you for your patience(during reading of message/travel in Turkey).
March 03, 2009
Pete Marshall from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Currently working in Turkey and on our 2nd trip to Uludag. Both times we have stayed at the Agaoglu Hotel which gives all inclusive board with good Turkish food and a large selection of drinks (it also has free Wifi in the rooms - as you are witnessing.). It has been renovated sometime between 08 & 09 which is good because the rooms were very tired on our first visit. Most importantly, the Agaoglu (pronounced something like 'Arollou') gives the best deal on lift passes and the best selection of ski lifts. The lift pass works out at about £4.00 per day (for 5 days) and you can get around the whole resort on the 5 lifts the ticket gives you access to. That gives you an idea of the size of the ski-area. The system of the hotels owning certain lifts at Uludağ is utterly senseless and someone needs to bang the owners heads together until they agree to form some sort of limited company and share the lifts. This is supposed to be a national park but they have allowed this feckless system to scar the mountainside by building 4 lifts from roughly the same start point to roughly the same end point. Every lift has at least one other shadowing it nearby. Someone needs shooting for that decision. Now I've got that off my chest. The resort is about 25-30 years behind the modern European and North American resorts. Safety is typically Turkish in that it is your responsibility, not 'the managements'. However, the debarcle of a lost boarder mentioned elsewhere in this review section has obviously had some effect. We have just been refused skiing this afternoon because the military are on the slopes looking for a child who has been reported missing in the thick fog this morning. Skiing in Uludag is comfortable. The first time you stop at a restaurant on the mountain and a man dashes out to take off your skis for you resolves to getting quite accustomed to this service. People are generally friendly and service is good. However, if you have a lot of Turkish children in your hotel at Uludağ, then may your god help you.
February 22, 2009
snowman from Ski United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Just came back from a wonderful holiday in Uludag. Stayed in Monte Baia Hotel that had superb service, lovely people and easy access to the lifts and slopes. The ski instructors at Uludağ are absolutely perfect, lovely lovely people. Uludag: such a wonderful place with snow, slopes, hotel, people. Truly enjoyed it.
January 23, 2009
Ahmet Akpinar from Ski Turkey Turkey
A snowboarder died last week in Uludag. He was riding from Maden Area close to the 2nd Area hotels. The security people did not start a proper search operation for him properly, although he asked help from his cell phone to his parents many times. As he was found he was only 2 km away from the hotel, and it was known for 12 hours that he was missing. There were 2 hospitals on the top but they didn't find a doctor in there. During travelling to the city for 1 hour, he died. This is a total disaster for every parties involved in it. The hotel which did not take any safety at all, the search staff who are inexperienced, lack of material, lack of communication, missing health care and all the other factors we don't know at all. Besides all the problems said here, the safety in Uludag is a general problem. The lift operators, usually unaware of that "the safety comes first" are unfriendly or like bored and the pistes are "out of control", there are almost no information signs, no limiting barriers at all. So it's like "riding in wild, wild west". You can see those wide & big snow trucks in the middle of the day in the middle of skiers and snowboarders, trying to escape from them, because the night might be too cold and require overtime (!) for them. In the 1st area people just go sightseeing in the pistes and they look to you like seeing "what are you doing in my way?" The Uludag Hotels are managed by those people who want to make good money in short time, but they are doing a business, which they know nothing about it. Everybody tend to pay for good quality, but quality for a ski-center does not mean that the rooms are clean and the food is good, there is no good organisation for people who want to make sports with safety and joy.