Saklıkent Ski Resort Guide: Ski in Antalya

Last Updated by Heike on July 10, 2021
Saklıkent The Guide to Skiing in Antalya

Antalya is mostly known as a destination for beach vacations but did you know that there are ski slopes in Saklıkent, only 40 km away from the provincial capital Antalya?

The various options available in Antalya allow you to experience an unusual combination of ski slopes, beach activities, and wellness in your hotel spa during the winter season.

In this article, you will find everything about skiing in Saklıkent, including information about the slopes, gear, and frequently asked questions. For more sports in Antalya, check out our guide to sports in Antalya.

Skiing at Saklıkent

Although lots of tourists come to Antalya even in the winter, most go to Bakırılı Dağı, the almost 2,550-meter-high "Copper Mountain". So, Saklıkent ends up being exactly what its name promises, the "hidden city". During the week, the slopes here are often deserted and even on the weekends, there is usually no big rush.

The winter sports area in the the village of Saklikent is located at an altitude of 1,850 to 2,547 m in the Taurus Mountains. The ski center consists of a ski area with hotels and 3 ski lifts, including a 1,400 m chair lift. There are currently 10 km of slopes available.

The season begins in mid-December and lasts until the end of March or beginning of April. On average, the snow depth is 100-200 centimeters, in the coldest months it can reach up to 4 meters.

Want to see what it looks like? Check out Saklıkent from 10 different webcams.

Slopes at Saklıkent Ski Resort

The total 10 kilometers of slopes at Saklıkent are half easy slopes, including 5 kilometers that are well suited for beginners. Of the remaining 5 kilometers, about 30 % are classified as medium difficulty, and the remaining 2 kilometers are considered difficult. The slopes are groomed and off-piste skiing is not permitted. Opportunities for powder skiing are very limited.

  • Red Slope: This slope is about 4,000 meters long and is suitable for professional skiers. It starts at the top of the mountain, to which the chairlift leads. It has steep slopes as well as hard turns.  
  • Black slope: The slope starts in the middle of the mountain at the intermediate station and is 1,500 meters long in total. Its upper part is connected with the red slope. There are no curves, but the slope is very steep.
  • Blue slope: This slope is 1,500 meters long and can be reached by the Saklıbel lift. It's used by skiers and snowboarders. It has a gentle slope and is usually used for training without turning into a professional slope.
  • Yellow slope: The baby lift leads to the yellow slope, which is 300 meters long and is used for training and educational purposes.
  • Bobsleigh slope: The slope next to the chairlift is reserved for sledders. It may only be used with sleds rented at the facility.

Charilifts and T-Bar-Skilifts

There are a total of three lifts in Saklıkent. The total lift distance is 2,200 meters and a total of up to 1,300 people per hour can be transported. A day ticket for the lifts costs about 25 euros.

  • Karakaya: The 2-person chairlift runs from the base station at 1,900 meters to the summit at 2,400 meters. The lift distance is 1,400 meters.
  • Saklıbel: Saklıbel is a T-bar lift that starts at an altitude of 1,850 meters and transports guests to an altitude of 2,100 meters. The lift length is 645 meters.
  • Babylift: Like all the other lifts, the Babylift starts at an altitude of 1,850 meters. With a lift length of 200 meters, guests are transported a total of 50 meters upwards, the lift stops at an altitude of 1,900 meters.

Rental Equipment: Skis, Snowboards, and more

All equipment can be rented on site, including ski pants, jackets, and gloves, as well as helmets and ski goggles. Of course, skis, ski poles, boots, and snowboards can also be rented. The cost is about 25 euros per day.

There are about a dozen certified ski instructors and a mountain rescue team that ensure safety and can provide assistance in case of emergency.

Après-Ski at Saklıkent

There are two mountain huts in Saklıkent. One is located at the top of the mountain and the other at the intermediate station at 1,900 meters above sea level, where the lifts begin. You will not find hunter's tea here, but there are snacks are offered, as well as coffee, tea, and salep, a hot, sweet milk drink flavored with cinnamon. Salep is made from orchid roots.

Alcohol is served in the hotels in the ski area, but the typical après-ski is not found here. After skiing, you can walk in the snow, and then in the evening enjoy the live music in the hotel. Check our options for great deals on booking hotels in Antalya.

How to Get to Saklıkent

The Saklıkent Ski Center is located about 35 kilometers from Antalya's city center. There is a shuttle service on weekends that leaves from in front of the Migros 5M at 8:00 in the morning and drops you back off there at 16:00 in the evening.

If you are traveling with your own car, on the road towards Çakırlar / Doyran, the turnoff to Saklıkent is marked. Usually the road is well cleared, but it's obligatory to drive with winter tires and carry snow chains. Parking is available on the mountain. Saklıkent can be reached from Antalya in about an hour. Get information about how to rent a car in Antalya with our guide.

Hotels in Saklıkent

The ski resort in Saklıkent consists of a total of 500 mountain houses and cottages, which all have a cozy flair. You won't find a large ski hotel here. If you want to stay overnight, there are numerous guesthouses available.

Since Antalya is only an hour away, many guests prefer to stay overnight in Antalya and come to Saklıkent only for skiing. Saklıkent Mountain Resort Hotel opened in 2020 and has 32 rooms. Bed and breakfast is offered. Lunch and dinner are available a la carte.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best season for skiing in Saklıkent?

The season begins in mid-December and lasts until the end of March or the beginning of April. On average the snow depth is 100-200 centimeters, during the coldest months it can reach up to 4 meters.

How much does a ticket to Saklikent cost?

The approximate price for a day ticket is about 15 euros, while a ticket for 1 hour costs 4 and for 2 hours 8 euros. 

What is Saklıkent's altitude?

The base station of the ski resort is at 1,850 meters above sea level, and the summit station is at 2,400 meters.

How are the hotel prices in Saklıkent?

Prices in the guesthouses and mountain chalets are moderate. On average, you can stay for less than 50 euros per person

How can I watch Saklıkent's webcams?

To see what Saklikent looks like, watch the slopes from 10 different webcams.


Conclusion

Saklıkent is a young ski resort in Turkey. It's located only about an hour from Antalya and has a relatively short season, lasting from mid-December to the end of March.

The slopes are groomed, and there is a total of 10 kilometers of slopes and 3 lifts. There are numerous small mountain lodges and guesthouses on the mountain, as well as a slightly larger hotel with 32 rooms.

There is a shuttle service between Antalya and Saklıkent, which is why many choose stay in Antalya and come to Saklıkent just to ski. Apres skiing, like in the Austrian Alps, you won't find here.

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