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Kartepe,formerly called Keltepe (Bald Hill), lies in the southeast of the province ofKocaeli-İzmit. Kartepe Ski Center has been constructed at 1,650 m altitude onMount Kartepe. Kartepe is covered in forests of hazelnut, oak, and chestnuttrees with villages interspersed among the hillside fruit orchards. The easiestaccess to Kartepe Ski Center is from Maşukiye. Kartepe is the closest skiresort to İstanbul and in recent years, the popularity of the ski resort hasbeen on the rise. Despite its popularity, the ski conditions are highlyaffected from the sudden weather changes. As a result, the resort’s climate andits accessibility can be unpredictable compared to Uludağ and Kartalkaya SkiResorts.

It is advisable to seek travel advise before youdepart and check the snow depth at the resort in order to be abreast of thelatest developments.

Kartepe Ski Center has 4 lifts, 3 chairlifts, and 1teleski. The length of the tracks varies between 400 m and 3,500 m. The seasonlasts from the end of December to the end of February. Under normal conditions,the snow depth varies between 80 and 200 cm.

The ski center is 15 km from Maşukiye and 25 km fromİzmit. It takes 1h 15 min to drive to Kartepe from Istanbul and 2 hours fromBursa.

You can rent skiing equipment and there areinstructors available. Kartepe also boasts summer activities such as ATV tours,ziplining, mountain biking, paintball, horseback riding, and safari tours. Theoxygen here is the perfect escape from the city!