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Erciyes Mountain (Dagi)

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#1 truthonlytruth


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Posted 09 April 2003 - 05:25

Erciyes Dagi (3916 m.), the highest peak of the Central Anatolia rises at 25 km. south of Kayseri city. The peak of the mountain, an extinct volcano, is covered with stable snow at every season of the year. At the northern region of the mountain, there is a 1 km long glacier. The ski resort is at the Tekir Plateau which is at the northern slopes of the mountain. Erciyes is one of the most important mountains of the country for mountaineering sport other than being a skiing resort.

Arrival One can reach to the skiing resort from the nearest airport (Kayseri-Erkilet) in 40 minutes with bus and in 30 minutes from the city center. The arrival to the skiing resort from the Kayseri city center is possible by private vehicles. Also most of the hotels organize services to the skiing centers for their visitors.

Geography The skiing areas located at the eastern and northern slopes of the Erciyes Mountain are between the altitudes of 2200 -3100 meters. The most suitable period for skiing is between the dates of 20 November - 20 April. The snow depth is approximately 2 meters at the normal winter conditions. The quality of the snow is especially in powdery snow. At the mountain, Summer Skiing, Ski Touring and Heli Skiing is available. The region has terrestrial climate. The dominant wind direction is south and west.

Accommodation and other Services There are four governmental guest houses and a hotel present at the mountain. The services as restaurant, bar, swimming pool, ski instructor and equipment rental is available. There are also a big cafeteria and a health facility.

Mechanical Facilities and Running Tracks There are three mechanical facilities with a total of 1905 person / hour at 2 T bars and 1 chairlift.
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