Skiing in Antalya again

It’s hard for me to get motivated to go skiing in Antalya.  It’s a long drive, and the snow is usually not very good.  This year, however, I got out twice.  The first time Seb convinced me to go to Saklıkent, the closest ski resort to Antalya.  I’d been up to Saklıkent on my bike, but I’d never been there in the winter.  I’m not too keen on ski resorts, but it’ll be a powder day, Seb insisted, and I figured it’s good for me to get out and see something new every once in a while.

Top of the lift at Saklıkent.  You can see the observatory on Bakırlı Dağ in the top right of the photo. by bryandkeith on flickr

550m vertical drop -- not bad by bryandkeith on flickr

Well, the snow was about as good as I expected: horrible — there had been too much wind.  The good news was that you pay per lift ride so I didn’t have to feel bad about only taking four rides.  Anyway, that’s 2200m vertical which is a big day in the backcountry!  I took a real run once.  The rest of the times I used the groomed slope that looked something like this:

I think Seb said you can sometimes see the sea at Kumluca from here. by bryandkeith on flickr

It was all worthwhile since we had an excellent dinner at Seb and Çiğdem’s house at the end of the day.

IMG_20190107_194847 by bryandkeith on flickr

The motivation for my second day of skiing in Antalya this year was to get out in the backcountry and make sure all my equipment was in order for a two-week ski tour in eastern Turkey.  Ah, now that’s a good reason to ski in Antalya!

IMG_20190201_115653 by bryandkeith on flickr

Seb, Guillaume, İsmet, and I headed up the Moryer road, parked where the snow-plowing ended, and skinned up Alabelen (aka Eren Dağı, but there are other Eren Dağı around).  Again, the snow was lousy, but it was a backcountry day so we spent most of the time going uphill (when lousy snow isn’t such an issue).

Guillaume, İsmet, Seb by bryandkeith on flickr

IMG_20190201_130955 by bryandkeith on flickr

We had some nice views when we reached the ridge:

IMG_20190201_121800 by bryandkeith on flickr

IMG_20190201_133649 by bryandkeith on flickr

and from the summit a great view of Tunç in one direction:

View of Tunç from the summit of Alabelen by bryandkeith on flickr

and the Mediterranean Sea in the other:

IMG_20190201_133442 by bryandkeith on flickr

Ah, skiing in Antalya.

IMG_20190201_150221 by bryandkeith on flickr

My equipment seemed to be working fine so it was time to head to eastern Turkey and see if I could find the powder!

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One Response to Skiing in Antalya again

  1. Mike Painter says:

    Nice scenery (and pictures), even if the skiiing wasn’t the best

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