Uluda?: Where gods watched the Trojan War

Uluda?, previously known as Olympos Misios in ancient times, is known in mythology as the place where the gods watched the Trojan War. With the richness of its flora, Uluda? became a national park and for that reason, besides being one of the favorite winter sports centers, it also hosts summer activities like trekking and camping. This center has suitable conditions for Alpine skiing, ski touring, snow boarding, ice skating, snow biking, cross-country and heli-skiing.

Uluda? National Park, located 36 km south of Bursa, can be reached both by highway and cable car. Drivers must keep wheel chains, wedges and heavy ropes during winter, which are available for hire or sale along the roadside. There are also minibuses going to the top of Uluda? which leave every hour during the winter, and takes around 90 minutes from Bursa.

Uluda? is the highest mountain in western Anatolia, with its peak at Kara Tepe (2,543m). It is covered in forests, and the region has a partially temperate climate with a dominant wind direction of south-west/south. The altitude of the skiing area is between 1,750 – 2,543m, and the best season is from late December to late March. At the beginning of the season the type of  snow is ‘powdery snow’ and at the end of the
season the snow characteristic is slightly ‘slushy.’

A development project has been ongoing to offer a huge increase in accommodation and skiing facilities. There are 27 hotels, 15 of which are privately owned. The area also has shopping halls, restaurants, cafes and bars, and entertainment and health centers. Ski equipment, rental and instructors are all available here. There are eight ski lifts, seven T-bars and 13 different ski runs. The center has first aid facilities and a rural clinic.

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