Erciyes Ski Resort

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The Ottoman chairlift heads up toward the 3,917m peak of Mt Erciyes (Erciyes Dağı)
The Ottoman chairlift heads up toward the 3,917m peak of Mt Erciyes (Erciyes Dağı)
Erciyes ski resort is a premier skiing area in Turkey
Erciyes ski resort is a premier skiing area in Turkey
Deserted off-piste terrain at Erciyes ski resort Turkey
Deserted off-piste terrain at Erciyes ski resort Turkey
Long perfectly groomed piste at Erciyes ski resort
Long perfectly groomed piste at Erciyes ski resort
One of three base areas, Hisarcik Kapi is central to the Erciyes ski resort
One of three base areas, Hisarcik Kapi is central to the Erciyes ski resort
The easy lower slopes of Erciyes ski resort can get busy, particularly in poor weather
The easy lower slopes of Erciyes ski resort can get busy, particularly in poor weather
Erciyes ski resort terrain
Erciyes ski resort terrain
Erciyes ski lifts
Erciyes ski lifts
Erciyes ski resort has two gondolas
Erciyes ski resort has two gondolas
Tekir Kapi base area at Erciyes ski resort Turkey
Tekir Kapi base area at Erciyes ski resort Turkey
Hotel Mirada Del Lago is one of the best slopeside hotels at Erciyes ski resort
Hotel Mirada Del Lago is one of the best slopeside hotels at Erciyes ski resort
Erciyes ski resort Turkey
Erciyes ski resort Turkey
Erciyes ski resort lifts & terrain
Erciyes ski resort lifts & terrain
Snowboarding the lower slopes of Erciyes ski resort
Snowboarding the lower slopes of Erciyes ski resort
Erciyes ski resort
Erciyes ski resort
Windy day at Erciyes ski resort
Windy day at Erciyes ski resort
Erciyes ski resort modern 6-seater chairlift
Erciyes ski resort modern 6-seater chairlift
Dual lane highway leads all the way to Erciyes Ski resort Tekir Kapi from the city of Kayseri
Dual lane highway leads all the way to Erciyes Ski resort Tekir Kapi from the city of Kayseri
Advanced ski trails head down from Erciyes highest lifted point at 3,346m altitiude
Advanced ski trails head down from Erciyes highest lifted point at 3,346m altitiude
Ski Erciyes Turkey
Ski Erciyes Turkey

Erciyes Ski Resort

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  • Erciyes Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    2,088m - 3,346m (1,258m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (19)
    2 Gondolas
    11 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to mid-April
    9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 55km
    Longest run - 6km+
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 52%
    Beginner - 34%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Adult >13 years - unknown
    Child <12 years - unknown
    Lift passes calculated on use of lifts not days!

Erciyes Ski Resort Turkey

Erciyes ski resort is one of Turkey's largest, providing modern ski lifts & extensive alpine terrain on its impressive 1,258m skiable vertical. Located in central Turkey, close to the city of Kayseri, a ski holiday here could easily be combined with a visit to the amazing sights of Cappadocia including the villages of Göreme and Uçhisar.

Pros & Cons for Erciyes Ski Resort

Pros

  • Can receive loads of snow in the right weather conditions.
  • Long skiable vertical of over 1,250m.
  • Modern ski lifts & well-maintained ski trails.
  • Quality on-piste trails for all abilities of skier & snowboarder.
  • Near one of the world’s best travel destinations - Cappadocia.
  • Affordable ski destination when compared to the Alps.

Cons

  • Only enough ski trails to keep one occupied for a few days (unless it pewks snow!)
  • Off-piste terrain & snow quality regularly impacted by wind.
  • Limited to no public transport to the resort.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Treeless, high-alpine terrain with nowhere to hide in bad weather.
  • Unless staying at the resort, a rental car is required to get around.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lift & Terrain

The Erciyes skiing & snowboarding terrain includes 55km of trails in treeless, alpine terrain on the flanks of an extinct volcano, the 3,917m Mt Erciyes (or Erciyes Dağı). The highest lifted point of 3,346m sits several hundred metres below the summit, which towers above with its rocky spires encased in ice. Mt Erciyes is the highest prominence in the local area, so cops the full brunt of any winter weather systems rolling through. The mountain slopes range from relatively flat in the lower reaches (perfect for novices & beginners), rising through to steep, advanced terrain in the upper sector.

Check out the Erciyes ski trail map.

The ski lifts at Erciyes are all modern and less than 10 years old (in season 21/22). All the terrain is served by gondolas and chairlifts. Two gondolas move skiers & snowboarders away from two base areas (Tekir Kapi & Hacilar Kapi), whilst the central base at Hisarcik Kapi has multiple chairlifts. The total of eleven chairlifts include eight quads and three 6ers. Half a dozen surface tows and conveyors serve novice zones at the Tekir & Hisarcik base areas.

Lift Passes

Lift tickets at Erciyes are probably affordable, but we have had trouble deciphering how they are charged. We have put in a query with the resort!

Where is Erciyes Turkey?

The Erciyes ski resort is in central Turkey, Kayseri province, 23km south of the city of Kayseri. The ski resort is close to the Turkish tourist hotspot of Cappadocia in neighbouring Nevşehir province. The splendid town of Goreme in Cappadocia is 72km (1hr) by road west of Kayseri and only 87km (1½hr drive in winter conditions) west of Erciyes ski resort.

The closest gateway airports is Kayseri Erkilet (ASR), only 28km north of the ski area & 5km north of the Kayseri city centre. Kayseri Erkilet is a major hub for visitors to Cappadocia and in winter receives direct flights from several German & Dutch airports [Munich (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA), Cologne/Bonn (CGN), Düsseldorf (DUS), Hannover (HAJ), Rotterdam/The Hague (RTM), and Stuttgart (STR)], regional Turkish airports and of course Istanbul. Most international travellers will fly to Kayseri via the new Istanbul (IST) international airport. Search & book flights.

From the airport, the best way to get to the ski resort (and to get around the captivating local region) is by rental car. Plenty of well-priced small SUVs are regularly available at the Kayseri airport. See here to search & book rental cars. Alternatively, most accommodation providers in the region will provide airport transfers to the hotel, but then getting to the skiing and the sites starts to get difficult in winter! Search & book car rentals.

The ski area has three base areas with day parking. The central Hisarcik Kapi (kapi = door or gate!) is bookended by Hacilar Kapi, (6km as the crow flies to the north), & the Tekir Kapi (2km to the southeast). Tekir Kapi is the easiest to drive to, whilst Hacilar Kapi gives one the best terrain options. From Kayseri city centre, Hacilar Kapi is closest (19km), Hisarcik Kapi is next (23km) and Tekir Kapi furthest (24km). Each can reached in about 30min by car in winter. The road all the way from Kayseri to Tekir Kapi is dual lane highway. 

Erciyes Accommodation

The central Anatolian region around Erciyes has some Turkey’s best & most fascinating accommodation for visitors. Given its relatively close proximity to the ski resort (1½hr drive), we recommend staying in the village of Göreme. Located in the heart of Cappadocia its stunning landscape, incredible history, and multitude of gorgeous Cave Hotels make it an unforgettable experience. And yes, cave hotels literally carved into the soft stone. From our own experience we can recommend staying at the terrific value Sultan Cave Suites or, next door, the even more impressive (& pricier) Kelebek Cave Hotel & Spa (the Presidential Suite is beyond amazing!). In nearby Uchisar, we can also recommend the hard to beat combination of amazing rooms, views, hospitality & price at the Kale Konak Cappadocia Guesthouse.

Search & book for Goreme accommodation.

If desperate to stay as close to the skiing as possible, the Hotel Mirada Del Lago is the best of them, right near the lifts and slopes at Tekir Kapi.

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For city lovers, the heart of Kayseri has several superb hotels, the best of which are the highly rated Radisson Blu and Holiday Inn.

Search & book for Kayseri accommodation.

Local Attractions & Activities

Any visitor to the region would be churlish not to combine skiing & snowboarding on a huge extinct volcano (Erciyes) with the delights of nearby Cappadocia. Away from the ski resort there is ssssooooo much to do and see and eat and sleep! Wandering through the fairy chimneys, landscapes & cave houses of Goreme; exploring the underground city of Kaymakli, the looming ‘castles’ at Uchisar & Ortahisar, and the many 9th to 11th century churches & frescoes secretly carved into stone; plus taking a sunrise balloon flight over the region. The journey is topped off by several nights in the most lux cave hotel you can afford - worth every cent! Visiting Cappadocia is one of the best non-ski travel experiences this Powderhound has ever had (and that is saying something). Combining it with skiing (and even some powder) sends the experience into the stratosphere!

Review

The Powderhounds will hopefully review Erciyes next season. More information about this European ski resort will come after our visit. Stay tuned for our sparkling repartee, latest photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Erciyes

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