Ski Season Continues at Erciyes Erciyes important winter sports center of Turkey's longest ski season in the history of migrating also welcomes the most visitors in this period.
Erciyes Inc. Chairman Murat Cahid Cıngı, AA correspondent, Turkey, and closing despite several days before ski season in Europe, he said Erciyes still skiing can be done.
Stating that they decided to continue the ski season, which they opened in November last year, until the middle of next month, Cıngı stated that this way, skiing will be performed in Erciyes for 6 months. Cıngı noted that despite the end of April, it still snowed in Erciyes at intervals and the snow thickness on the tracks was 120 centimeters.
Indicating that they have a visitor density especially on weekends, Cıngı stated that the occupancy rate in hotels is around 60 percent.
Stating that Erciyes had the busiest season in its history in terms of occupancy rate, number of visitors and season length, Cıngı continued his words as follows:
“Although it has been 20 days to close the season, nearly 1 million 700 thousand people have visited Erciyes since November. When we close the facilities on May 15, we will have had a season of 6 months, so skiing will be in Erciyes half of the year. Until this time, if we could extend the season until April and reach 1 million visitors, we would think we were lucky. We were promising tour operators an average of 5 months of guaranteed snow season by trusting our artificial snowboarding units.
This year, we are having a season that we never expected. Although it is the end of April, snow is still falling on Erciyes and our snow depth on the tracks is at the levels we had difficulty reaching even in winter in previous years. This also makes us happy. This year, our number of visitors increased in diversity. Turkey's western provinces from the busier ski lovers while the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Norway, France, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Africa have also hosted many guests from Arab countries, we still continue to hospitality. "
Artificial snow machines extended the season
The first snow on the tracks with the snowing units that they do and the ground that provide ice Cıngı, so that during the season, falling snow, contact with the soil to prevent the melting of the season, he stressed.
Last two months of the falling snow, the ground is not intact about the Cıngı, said:
“Even if there is no snow on the hills in Erciyes, there is definitely snow on the slopes suitable for skiing throughout the season. This is because the runways were covered with a layer of ice. In addition, we crushed the tracks with snow crushers after each falling snow to ensure that the snow completely adhered. We made the irrigated areas contact the hard layer by mixing in areas where the snow is irrigated. In this way, we prevented melting. As a result of all these efforts, we will have spent the season of up to 6 months. "
Stating that the season reaching 6 months in Erciyes positively affects foreign tour operators, Cıngı said, “Winter tourism packages are sold by operators in summer and snow guarantee is requested for ski resorts. We had previously promised a 5-month snow-guaranteed season, after that we will correct our promise to 6 months. Tour operators will also take into account this difference in Erciyes and bring visitors accordingly. This will enable the number of visitors to Erciyes to exceed 2 million ”.