Palandöken Ski Center, Erzurum is one of Turkey's coldest and highest mountain is located in the provincial town of Pala shed. Palandöken Mountains are tectonic type mountains located in the south of Erzurum and extending in the east-west direction.
Palandöken, whose peak is 3185 M., is covered with snow for about 6 months of the year. Palandöken, where powder snow prevails for 4-5 months due to cold climate conditions, is a place that is a perfect place for ski tourism.
So where does the name Palandöken come from? This interesting question attracts a lot of people, but it is a situation where some ski lovers are searching, wondering and wanting to learn. Let's give a brief information about the place.
According to the story, the name Palandöken reveals as follows. Palan, formerly attached to the back of the donkey is a name similar to the saddle. As the donkeys went up this mountain, the people of the time called the Palandöken mountain because they had slipped and fell on their backs.
The ski season in the Palandoken Ski Center, which started in late November or early December, continues until the end of April. Palandöken Ski Center, which is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists annually, contributes significantly to winter tourism.
Palandöken Ski Center, which has the longest and steepest tracks in the world, appeals to many segments from beginner skiers to professional skiers, as well as its diversity with a total length of 28 km.
The longest runway of the Ski Center extends up to 12 km uninterruptedly. The height difference between the starting point and the end point of the ski area at an altitude of 2200, even 3160 M. is approximately 1000 M.
Palandöken Ski Center Ejder and Kapıkaya runways, Slalom and Great Slalom are registered runways for competitions.
Since slalom and big slalom competitions are held intensively on these tracks, they are frequently preferred among the ski resorts.
Palandöken Ski Center is located in a very convenient area in snowboar due to heavy snow and welcomes many snowboarders and skiers on all levels.
Palandöken Ski Center has 4500 chair lifts with a capacity of 5 people per hour, 300 teleski with a capacity of 1 people per hour, 1800 baby lifts with a total capacity of 2 people and 1500 gondola lift with a capacity of 1 people per hour.