"Palandöken Mountain (or for short, Palandöken) is a 3,271 m (10,732 ft) high tectonic mountain in Erzurum Province, Turkey. The summit is at a distance of only 10 km (6 mi) from Erzurum city center, which itself extends to an elevation of 1,950 m (6,398 ft). On the road from Erzurum to the summit, the Palandöken ski resort is located at the mountain village called Başköy, 2,100 m (6,890 ft) high, and the distance between the station and the city is 4 km (2 mi).
The ski trail is the longest in Turkey. Because of the quality of the snow (a fine-grained light powder), steepness of the slopes and the length of the trail, Palandoken is known as the best mountain in Turkey for skilled skiers. The toughest run is on the backside of the mountain, known as the Ejder (Turkish for "Dragon") trail. Due to fog and risk of avalanche, the Ejder lifts and trails are sometimes closed. The skiing season may begin in November and last as long as until June. In 2008-2010 more lifts have been opened, now there are 8 in all, and the trails have been improved.
There are four hotels on the mountain: Polat Renaissance hotel, Dedeman hotel, Dedeman Ski Lodge, Palan Hotel and Xanadu Snow White. Because of the center's close proximity to Erzurum, visitors can also stay in hotels in Erzurum, where the range of hotel standards is wider.
A new ski resort has been constructed at the mountain village Konaklı, about 18 km (11 mi) from the city."
Taken from my new school in Erzurum.
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Didi (60588) 2013-02-24 17:11
Interesting winter view with a good lights ambiance
Did you left China for Turkey ?
npecanhuk (75082) 2013-02-24 17:42
Wow! I'd love to go skiing over there someday!
That's a pretty interesting and truly attractive picture of that place! I specially like those mountains in the background!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all very good photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
fabbs99 (17135) 2013-02-24 19:51
Amazing shot Chris
Nice lights and exposure
Very well done.
All the best for a Happy Week ahead
jjcordier (79297) 2013-02-24 23:02
Tu as une bien jolie vue depuis ton nouveau lieu de travail!Ces montagnes enneigées sont trčs belles.
Graal (102752) 2013-02-25 0:10
an interesting landscape here. A few themes in one composition. I like the mountains under the snow in BG. Good presentation from Turkey.
Have a nice week.
besnard (56219) 2013-02-25 1:18
Une belle image hivernale, une belle vue depuis ton nouveau lieu de travail qui promet de belles photos ŕ venir.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
jhm (152212) 2013-02-25 4:59
Again long time ago!
Your picture from Turkish origin shows a lovely panoramic view about these surrounding
Very well composition, nice presentation too.
Thanks for sharing.
pierrefonds (65846) 2013-02-25 6:39
The distance between the buildings and the mountains is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the mountains. The reflections of the light on the snow is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (78551) 2013-02-25 6:39
Quel panorama spectaculaire. J'aime la luminosité au niveau du sommet de la montagne avec les nuages qui s'accrochent au sommet.
Royaldevon (38433) 2013-02-25 10:53
I found this surprising as well as interesting. Turkey is not a country I would immediately associate with ski-ing.
Your inclusion of the buildings helps to create a good sense of depth and gives a relationship with people and those wonderful snowy peaks. A fine dof.
Are you working in Turkey now or is it just a holiday from China?
My kind regards,
dkmurphys (57986) 2013-02-26 22:21
Very fine winter scene. I like the view from the city. Well seen, have a good day.
jemaflor (96753) 2013-02-27 8:13
Nice winterlandscape with snow, Good light capture, the snow is perfectly white, nice view on moutains.
ikeharel (70677) 2015-12-24 2:11
The white carpet and a bright day glorify the sight of those hills around town, Chris.
Too cold, but a wonderful attraction for those who love skiing, sliding and other winter activities. Distinct clear visibility, well done photo.
Happy holidays and my best wishes.