TRIP TO ISPARTA -DAVRAZ SKI TOUR

Well that was a real adventure. Yes it was a very early start but absolutely worth it and a fabulous day out. We were up and away by 05.30 a.m. and reached the mountains by 09.15 ready for our breakfast at popular restaurant by the picturesque mountain resort and damn. Breakfast was awesome – we were all ravenous and it was a buffet style Turkish breakfast with the additional of hot homemade soups and freshly cooked gozleme. You could eat as much as you wanted and were served copious amounts of hot Turkish Tea. After enjoying the Winter sun and temperatures of 20 c in Mahmutlar it was a shock to breath in the cold mountain air but it was so invigorating.
Yes the journey was a trek but somehow it didn’t seem long. After turning off the main Alanya to Antalya D400 before the airport the panorama was so breathtaking you forgot the time spent travelling and just enjoyed the views.
After breakfast, we made our way to the mountain resort. We were warned it may be busy because it was the last day of the Turkish school holidays but the buzz there was electric and the crowds just added to the atmosphere. Yes you had seasoned skiers and professionals but it was amazing to see Turkish families of all ages enjoying the snow, from babies in arms to grandparents. If they couldn’t ski then they enjoyed the sleighs and just the fun of being together for the day.
Even if you don’t want to ski the centre is so beautiful and there is so much to see and do it is still worth the visit.
We loved every minute of our day out but despite having good coats, hats and scarves our trousers were too thin and this made the ski lift into the clouds unbelievably cold and we were shivering uncontrollably and in serious danger of body parts dropping off!!! So much so we couldn’t move our legs fast enough to prepare to get off the chair lift at the top of the summit, forgot to lift the barrier and to the dismay of our tour guide we headed back down the slope without ever visiting the beautiful mountain cafe!!!!
So our only advice is if you are going to the resort then make sure get the right clothing so you can enjoy everything. WE had thermal socks bought locally for 3 lira and our feet remained toasty warm but our trousers just didn’t cut it!
When the sun started to set we enjoyed a BBQ meal in a beautiful little wooden cafe which was toasty warm with its huge log fire burner and we got back to Mahmutlar by 21.30. Again the journey didn’t seem long as we were still smiling and thinking about the experiences we had during the day.
We are already planning to return and this time we are having ski lessons and taking the plunge because with Winter Skiing so accessible and so cheap for those spending the Winter here it definitely needs to exploited.
Yes there are ski resorts much closer to Antalya but the resort of Isparta – Davruz has better facilities and better slopes. The equipment can be hired cheaply making the sport accessible for everyone regardless of economic circumstances.
We travelled with Murat from Trans Anatolie Tours.

We can highly recommend his company. He was the perfect tour guide as he was born and bread in Isparta, an amazing university town just 20 minutes from the ski slopes so knew the area very well. He was attentive and well organised and knew the perfect places to stop and eat. He even took us for a brief tour of Isparta which again we want to return to and explore. We didn’t expect to see such a vibrant town centre with outstanding coffee shops and great deals in restaurants and bars. The fact that there are over 50,000 students residing there gives it a great atmosphere and buzz that made us want to stay longer.

Isparta-Davraz

 IspartaDavraz Mountain – Karlıyayla
Tourism Center of Winter SportsDavraz Mountain with its 2635 m height is one of the mountain masses surrounding Isparta Prairie that is in the region of lakes in Mediterranean Region and rises between Eğirdir and Kovada lakes. Davraz Mountain-Karlıyayla Winter Sports Tourism Center is in 26 km southestearn part of the center of city Isparta. It was  announced as a tourism center on 17.02.1995. It is 8 km far away from Cobanisa village which is the closest settlement. The skiing center is on the northern side of Davraz Mountain in Kulovası plateau. The most important stream in the field of skiing center is Ardıcdibi stream. Dominant vegetation consists of mountain pine, juniper, cedar and welwitschia. Davraz Skiing Center has a special advantage by being close to Antalya and having a location suitable for development. Davraz’s geographical conditions provides opportunity for other natural sports besides skiing.

Transport

Davraz Mountain-Karlıyayla Winter Sports Tourism Center appeals to every skiers from each level with its suitable geographical condition and is one of the most popular sports centers in Turkey that develops very rapidly in recent years. With its wonderful roads and accessibility, it began drawing attention in not only Turkey but also Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and middle east countries. Transport that is never hindered in winter, is supplied through asphalt-paved road. It is far from;
Isparta city center       : 26 km
Isparta airport            : 50 km
Eğrdir city center        : 23 km
Antalya airport           : 25 km
Antalya city center      :140 km

Mechanical Facilities

In the skiing center, there are 2 chairlifts which are with 1000 people capacity per hour and 1211 m long and wih 800 people capacity per hour and 936 m long, there is 1 teleski (T-bar) which is with 800 people capacity per hour and 624 m long, and there are 2 babylifts 300 m long. First chairlift with 1211 m long is with a chair for two people and starts in 1674 m and ends in 1961m. Second chairlift with 936 m long is with a chair for two people and starts in 1961 m and ends in 2150 m. With 624 m long T-Bar which is the third mechanical facility in the skiing center, people can climb up by skiing from 1961m to 2150 m. Mechanical facilities are kept by the Union of Operation and Substurcture Services of Davraz Mountain-Karlıyayla Winter Sports Tourism Center.

Racetracks

People can ski in the wonderful panorama of Eğirdir Lake in the skiing center. In Davraz Skiing Center, there are nonhazardous routes with the softness of natural configuration and wonderful quality of snow for the beginner skiers; and for the professionel skiers there are 8 to 10 km long unique tracks in which they can ski as they wish. Altitude of the skiing racetracks changes from 1650 to 2150 m that can be reached by current mechanical facilities. Moreover, the fact that there is no possibility of avalanche or getting lost is a great advantage for the skiers Davraz’s racetracks provide the opportunities of cross-country, down hill, touring ski and snowboard to all the skiers whether professional or amateur.

Blue tracks show the tracks for the beginner skiers.

Red tracks show the tracks for medium-level skiers.

Black tracks show the tracks for professional skiers.

  • Kayak Pistleri

Accomodation and Other Services

In the Skiing center, there are 3 mountain cafes, and 3 hotels one of which is four-star and with 280 bed capacity, the other is of Suleyman Demirel University with 84 bed capacity, and the other one is an auberge with 55 bed capacity. There also is an auberge with 24 bed capacity known as Davraz Mountain Houses in Cobanisa Village which is 8km far from the

Skiing Center and the entrance of Davraz. From the hotels in Eğirdir and Isparta can be benefitted from, too. In Sirene Davras Hotel, there is a semi-olympic indoor swimming pool, fitness center, sports center, conference hall, gambling hall, disco, billiard hall and tennis court. Moreover, there are 4 football fields 2 of which belong to Sirene Davras Hotel and 2 of which belong to the Provincial Directorate. In the skiing center, skiing trainers, health services and skiing storage room supply service to ski-lovers during the whole season.

You can watch the ones coming by chairlifts, skiing people and Eğirdir Lake downside whose color always changes through the day while sitting in the mountain cafe’s terrace which is in 1950 m. You can watch a snowboarder coming down the slope by drawing S like a speedboat skiing on a white sea.

Isperia Davraz Hotel : Auberge, 55 bed capacity

SDU Application Hotel : 84 bed capacity

Cobanisa Davras Houses : 1 auberge, 24 bed capacity

Cafe : There are 3 cafes in the mountain.

Isparta Governorship                           : +90 246 223 80 80
Isparta Directorate of Museum          : +90 246 218 34 37
Yalvac Directorate of Museum           : +90 246 441 50 59
Uluborlu Directorate of Museum        : +90 246 531 24 99
Eğirdir Tourism Consultancy Office    : +90 246 311 43 88
Sirene Davras Hotel                             : +90 246 267 20 20
Isperia Davraz Hotel                            : +90 246 267 20 20
SDU Davraz Application Hotel            : +90 246 267 20 44
Cobanisa Davras Mountain Houses    : +90 246 264 20 22

Skiing Season

 

Skiing season starts in December and goes on till the end April. Snow depth changes from 50 to 250cm.

Properties of the Skiing Center

Length of the Season            : December-April

Snow Depth                         : 0,50- 2,50 m

Skiing Field                          : 440 ha

Altitude of Skiing Field         : 2000 m in average

Peak                                    : 2635 m (Ulparçukuru Top)

Altitude of Skiing Racetracks :  1650-1982 m
1982-2086 m
1950-2024 m
1950-2086 m
1950-2150 m

Length of Skiing Tracks: 8-10km in average

Types of Skiing: Cross-country, Down hill, Touring ski and Snowboard