Uludag is located 150 km from Istanbul and 35 km from Bursa. Almost every hotel here has its own ski lifts, the cost of using which is included in the price (but this does not mean that the ski lifts of one hotel are closed for guests of others: a ski pass to the lift of a “foreign” hotel can always be bought at its lower station, it happens for several rises or several days). Snow cover (its maximum thickness is 3 meters) lasts from the second half of December to the end of March. The slopes for alpine skiing are located at altitudes of 1750-2543 m above sea level, wide and well-groomed, they mostly pass in the forest. The best time for skiing is between December and March.
Modern Uludag, and in antiquity the legendary Lesser Olympus of Mysia, according to mythology, is the place where the Gods observed the outcome of the Trojan War. “Uludag” means “Big Mountain” and is the highest mountain in Western Anatolia. In the Middle Ages, this mountain was known as the solitude place of the Byzantine monks, as a result of which the Turkish name “Keshish-dag”, which means “Monastic Mountain”, was assigned to Uludag.
Not far from the top of Uludag is an abandoned tungsten mine. The mine and its processing plant, built in 1974 for $ 60 million, were closed in 1989 due to the sustainability of production.
Highways of Uludag
The resort is equipped with a cable car, 5 chairlifts and 7 ski lifts. The total length of the tracks is 20 km, of which 10 are “green”, 8 are “blue”, 6 are “red” and 1 is “black”.
Uludag ski resort is suitable for families and for lovers of soft, calm descents. Beginners and intermediate skiers will find skiing trails to their taste here. For the children at the resort, wide, well-groomed tracks with good rollouts are created. For experienced skiers, there are longer and steeper slopes outside the forest area. The resort offers slalom, skiing and biathlon.
The ski center of Uludag consists of two zones. In the first zone, the investment in which has already been completed, there are 16 hotels. In the second zone, in 1986 declared a tourist center, a land plot was allocated for 11 hotels distributed between investors and designed to accommodate 3300 people. In addition, in the ski center of Uludag, today there are 12 state hotels and 15 hotels belonging to the private sector. A total of 27 residential premises designed to accommodate 3 thousand people. In addition to hotels there are shopping and entertainment centers, a medical center, you can take an instructor and rent ski equipment.
Attractions and attractions of Uludag
Among the natural attractions of Uludag, the national park of the same name can be distinguished, which is a refuge for several species of mountain birds, including bearded bears, serpent eagles, goshawks, small spotted eagles, peregrine falcons, yellow-headed kings and others. The Apollon butterflies are found on the territory of the park, primroses, crocuses and mouse hyacinths grow, and in the spruce forest there is a very rare borefoot owl, a short-toed grouse, a spruce-elk and a white-backed woodpecker. The park can be reached by car or by cable car. The distance between the national park and Uludag is about 12 km.
From Uludag, excursions go to Bursa, an ancient city with a powerful excursion program. Bursa is Turkey’s fourth largest city after Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. The former capital of the great Ottoman Empire, Bursa still keeps the remnants of its former power. Among the most notable monuments of Islamic architecture in Bursa are the Yeshil Mosque or the Green Mosque, built in 1419-1424. and which is part of a large religious complex consisting of a madrasah, a minaret and a tomb-mausoleum. The facade of the mosque is made of white marble, and the interior, thanks to which it became the most famous building in the city, is decorated with tiles of green, blue, blue, turquoise and azure colors and intricate Arabic script.
In Bursa there are archaeological museum, which opened its doors to the first visitors in 1904. In several halls of the museum artifacts dating from the 3rd century are represented. BC. – 15 century AD and found during excavations in the territories once occupied by Bithynia and Mysia, and sculptures, tombstones, steles and sarcophagi are exhibited in the courtyard of the museum.
In 80 km from Bursa there are hot thermal springs of Yalova Termal with a water temperature reaching 57-60 degrees above zero. The composition of water, which can be used not only for bathing, but also to drink, includes sodium chloride, calcium sulfate and fluorides.