Palandöken in August 2009, as seen from downtown Erzurum
|Elevation||3,271 m (10,732 ft)|
Palandöken Mountain (or shortly Palandöken) is a 3,271 m (10,732 ft) high tectonic mountain in Erzurum Province, Turkey. The summit is at a distance of only 10 km (6 mi) from Erzurum city center, which itself extends at an elevation of 1,950 m (6,398 ft).
On the road from Erzurum to the summit, the Palandöken ski resort is located at the mountain village called Başköy, 2,100 m (6,890 ft) high, and the distance between the station and the city is 4 km (2 mi).
The ski trail is the longest in Turkey. Because of the quality of the snow (a fine-grained light powder), steepness of the slopes and the length of the trail, Palandoken is known as the best mountain in Turkey for skilled skiers. The toughest run is on the backside of the mountain, known as the Ejder (Turkish for "Dragon") trail. Due to fog and risk of avalanche, the Ejder lifts and trails are sometimes closed. The skiing season may begin in November and last as long as until June. In 2008-2010 more lifts have been opened, now there are 8 in all, and the trails have been improved.
There are four hotels on the mountain: Polat Renaissance hotel, Dedeman hotel, Dedeman Ski Lodge, Palan Hotel and Xanadu Snow White. Because of the center's close proximity to Erzurum, visitors can also stay in hotels in Erzurum, where the range of hotel standards is wider.
A new ski resort has been constructed at the mountain village Konaklı, about 18 km (11 mi) from the city.
2011 Winter Universiade
In 2011, Erzurum hosted the 25th Winter Universiade. The alpine skiing competition took place at the newly constructed Konaklı Ski Resort, while the freestyle skiing and snowboarding competitions was held at the Palandöken Ski Resort.
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