Ski Turkey

Uludağ Resort Reviews

Ski Turkey

Uludağ Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Uludağ Ski Resort

Uludağ Ratings

Overall: 3.7. Based on 47 votes and 47 reviews. Vote

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 4.1

(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: 3.9

(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.

Beginners: 4.5

(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.

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.

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: 3.4

(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): 3.4

(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.

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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.
December 29, 2011
techno from Ski United Kingdom 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.
February 06, 2008
Jonas Bonnevier from Ski Sweden Sweden
Spent a weekend in Uludag (25-27 January, 2008), staying in Ak Hotel, 2 stars. Full board including 1 chair-lift, 150 USD/person/night (single rooms). Not inexpensive, but still a very nice stay and quite a surprise in many ways. Food ok, staff friendly, although not very good in English (and I don't speak Turkish). They still haven't changed their system of operating the ski lifts, so you can choose to stay within the reach of your lifts, or pay extra to be able to use the others... I purchased a day-ticket for two additional lifts, but felt inclined to also purchase an intermediary lift, to make the transition easier (could have been omitted) paying an additional 50 + 15 YTL, approx 40 €, which is quite expensive for what you get. BUT - it was still worth it, because snow was better further to the east in the system, and less people, I mean NO people, just straight into the chair, or anchor, no waiting. Could be 5-10 minutes in other lifts... Very interesting experience, but not worth traveling for, if not already in Turkey, ie Istanbul or Bursa.
January 14, 2007
Stelios from Ski Cyprus Cyprus
I was in Uludağ on March 2006. Excellent, in one word. The accommodation there is perfect. I highly recommend this ski resort to all Cypriots since Turkey is now open for Greek-Cypriots. I've been there with a Turkish-Cypriot friend but going alone there is not a proplem. People there are kind and polite. There is nothing to be afraid of. Im looking forward to visit Uludağ again this winter.
January 14, 2011
ioannis from Ski Afghanistan 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.
January 16, 2006
Mark Stowe from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Am living in Kocaeli at the moment and decided to have a weekend skiing in Uludag. The drive up to the resort is quite a ride - snow chains are required and 5YTL (£2) to enter the park - Uludag is the another 11km from the toll gate. It is very well sign posted from main road from Istanbul - no need for a map!! The people are very friendly and helpful - most of the people you need to meet (hotel owners, ski hire/pass people) speak enough english to get you by. I had full board hotel with ensuite for 120YLT per night (£50). You can get it as cheap ar 30YTL (£12) for a hostel type room. Ski hire was 15-30YTL depending on the level you wanted - remember, everything is negotiable (except the ski pass). The ski pass is expensive – 50-60 YTL for a day pass (£20-24) – and this only covers you for a handul of lifts.....4-5 only. The lifts are still owned by the Hotels and they are still trying to get one pass that covers all lifts (planned for next season apparently!!!). The lifts are t bars or slow chairs.....i reckon the resort is about 20 years behind the big Europen resorts!! The skiing is limited – if you are learning or intermediate is it superb – lots of nice runs near to bars and restaurants. If you are advanced, it is very limited – you will spent 75% of your time on the lifts!! It is expensive – one lady said it is cheaper to ski in Europe!! A coffee (instant nescafe) cost 6YTL (£2.40). It is a pretty place to ski but it can be cold. In summary – if you are in Turkey already (like I am) it is worth a visit. Ask for a detailed map of what lifts your pass covers. Take snow chains. If you want more info, contact me on mark_stowe at hotmail dot com
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).
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.
February 15, 2006
Askin SENEL from Ski Turkey Turkey
I have started to ski in Uludag, and have been there several times. Every time I hatel this lovely place. The reasons are: 1. Very limited skipasses. Hotels tend to harvest their customers money and have no intention to come with a better offering like combined passes. (I hear that now there are some such passes, but still there is no system where you pay a daily ticket fee and ski whereever you like). 2. Very expensive skipass when compared to the very limited validity. 3. Very much crowded in weekends - a nighmare!!!-, you wait for 20-30 minutes when you can come down in 1 minute. 4. Money comes first way of thinking, which makes it possible to see non skiers in pistes. Such as children or people with sledges, or people who just came there for sightseeing. Security is not a concern of the operators as long as they pay some money for anything offered by them. 5. Unnecessarily expensive fees unmatching the quality offered. Of course quality is much behind!!! However, I heard that there is a 2nd region opened there and it is much better there. I intend to try other pistes that I have not tried, may be I will be more satisfied. Also Uludag seems a fit for people who are after night life. If they neglect their customer expectations they will loose attention and money in the long run. The ever decreasing hotel prices is one of the indicators that their strategy is no good. They must asap come together and open all pistes to all skiers with a valid one pass.
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...