Season’s first snowfall at Uludağ and Kartalkaya

Saturday, November 18, 2023



The season’s inaugural snowfall has graced and Kartalkaya, the country’s prominent winter tourism destinations.

Sector representatives have reported the commencement of the influx of initial visitors to the ski resorts.

In Uludağ in the northwestern province of Bursa, rain on Nov. 16 transitioned into snowfall during the early morning hours.

Temperature plummeted to 1 degree Celsius.

While precipitation persisted in the form of mixed rain and snow, meteorological authorities indicated that the season’s first substantial snowfall may happen on Nov. 19.

They also forecasted that the temperature will drop to as low as -5 degrees.

With the advent of the first snowfall in Uludağ, the tourism season has also kicked off. It seized the opportunity the school’s nine-day mid-term break presented.

That prompted holidaymakers to flock to the region.

Long queues formed at the base of the chairlift and vacationers revealed in the joy of the freshly fallen snow.

Fatma Özdemir, said that she played snowballs with my husband. It’s her first time in Uludağ. It’s beautiful.

Sema Gençoğlu, who came to Uludağ from Muğla with her family, stated, “We came to Bursa years ago, but experiencing the first day of snow is wonderful.”

In the northern province of Bolu with the drop in temperature rain in the high-altitude areas of the city gave way to snowfall.

At Kartalkaya ski resort, with an altitude of 2,200 meters on the summit of Köroğlu Mountains, the temperature dropped below zero.

The rain here turned into snow. The temperature recorded at -3 degrees. Ski slopes and green areas were under thick cloak of snow.

In Uludağ, last year’s first snowfall occurred on Sept. 22 and lasted only five minutes. Here the start of the ski season is around mid-December depending on snowfall.

Uludağ hosted 887,200 people last year between Jan. 1 and Feb. 11, the peak season of winter tourism.

In 2022, ski resorts used artificial snow to keep the tracks open due to temperatures above the seasonal norms and a lack of snowfall.

Especially in the ski resorts of Uludağ, Kartalkaya and Erciyes in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, artificial snow production reached a record level to increase the snow depth.

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