Uludag - Turkey's Winter Sports Center
Uludag, which is the highest mountain in North-Western Anatolia with a height of 2543 meters and was declared a National Park in 1961, is Turkey's largest winter and nature sports center. But Uludag is also a piece of heaven with its glacial lakes, trekking and picnic areas, and local plants.
When we look at the history of Uludag, 40 minutes away from Bursa, we see that Herodotus (490-420 BC), one of the ancient historians, defined Uludag as "Olympos". The geographer Strabo, who lived between 64 BC - 21 AD, also refers to Uludag as Olympos and Olympos of Mysia. According to mythology, Zeus lived here with all his gods and goddesses, which is why Uludag is also called the "Mountain of the Gods".When we look at the history of Uludag, 40 minutes away from Bursa, we see that Herodotus (490-420 BC), one of the ancient historians, defined Uludag as "Olympos". The geographer Strabo, who lived between 64 BC - 21 AD, also refers to Uludag as Olympos and Olympos of Mysia. According to mythology, Zeus lived here with all his gods and goddesses, which is why Uludag is also called the "Mountain of the Gods".
After the 3rd century AD, the first monasteries started to be established in Uludag and the monks settled in the monasteries, and the mountain was already known as the Keşiş Mountain. After Orhan Gazi (Ottoman Emperor) took Bursa, some of the monasteries where the monks lived were abandoned and these became the hermitage of Muslim dervishes. The name Uludag took place in 1925.
The main part of Uludag has formed 310 million years ago. In its high parts, traces of the first ice age are encountered; Aynalıgöl, Karagöl, and Kilimliköy glacial lakes are also shown as the most important of these traces. In Uludag, where the snow does not melt in summer and winter, there are many plateaus, including Kırkpınar, Çaylıyayla, Kapıyayla, and Karagöl plateau. The mountain, which also contains Turkey's most important wolfram mineral deposits, is an important area in terms of endemic plant richness. Uludag National Park is an important bird center as it is a breeding ground for bearded vultures and golden eagles.
Uludag can be reached from Bursa by a 22-kilometer road trip. After 3 kilometers from the entrance gate, you reach Kirazlıyayla, after 10 kilometers to Sarıalan, after 11 kilometers to the Hotels Area, and from there to Çobankaya. Apart from automobile and bus transportation, it is also possible to go to Uludag by cable car. The cable cars in Bursa Teleferik district take the visitors to the yellow area after a 20-minute journey.
Uludag Ski Center, which covers an area of 11,338 hectares, is suitable for many activities such as skiing, snowboard, bigfoot, snowmobile. Skiing can be done between 1750-2543 meters altitude. The best time for skiing is between December 20 and March 20. There are many ski tracks in Uludag. Beceren, Fahri, and Karkay tracks are recommended for beginners.
Apart from skiing, just walking around in the snow, climbing to the top with chairlifts, and drinking coffee or hot chocolate in front of the fireplace are activities that are pleasing enough. It is also possible to travel with ATVs, sled, and barbecue in the white snow. Night entertainment on the snow is also very enjoyable; It's like dancing around huge fires accompanied by DJs. If the holiday coincides with snow festivals, it is also worth watching the skiers with torches at night.
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