Uludag. Note the “dummies”
The reasons that prompted us to embark on this dubious, at first glance, the company If you have already met in the Network of our travel notes on behalf of Karin f and a passer-By, you probably remember that we actually prefer to spend time in warm countries, preferably equipped with warm seas. The short Ural summer causes in us an irresistible desire to increase it, let for a while and in other country. So at the ski resort we could bring only the chain is absolutely random reasons that, like the stars, and came over us in the winter of 2006. First, a couple of years ago our friends taught us how to stand on skis and even ride them down a little without falling. The presence around the city of Yekaterinburg Ural, Bashkir and God knows what mountains makes it impossible to avoid this science; however, it should be noted that those who have already tasted the delights of rolling down the mountain, with such enthusiasm and genuine goodwill share this joy with others, that offend their refusal can only people quite stale, to whom we, no doubt, do not treat. So the minimum skills to deal with the mountains and skiing we had. Secondly, we were overwhelmed by some unreal number of things that certainly had to be done before or immediately after the new year holidays. So we could afford to go just for the actual holidays – that is, not until the 30th – and return not later than the 10th. As you know, it was at this time go beyond our homeland, most of the citizens, so that prices soar just to sky-high heights. Realizing that the long-cherished plans for warm Islands burn with a blue flame (the simplest hotel in the Maldives at this time cost under $3000), we have already resigned ourselves to the idea that we spend our holidays in the city when our good friends from the travel Agency “peace Fund” offered a very convenient option for the price and terms – a ski resort in Turkey called Uludag. Departure of the 3rd, return of the 10th, the cost of the hotel car 3* with full Board and included ski pass (that is, a lift pass to the mountain) is quite reasonable – $1100 per person. And purkua would not PA? – we thought and began to study the information on Uludag. What you can learn online about Uludag In the booklets that we were shown, it looked quite convincing. The mountains were like mountains, the hotels were like hotels, and the trees were impressive – you would never have thought that Turkey could have such Christmas landscapes. Digging in the Network, we found out that Uludag is located near the city of Bursa, the fourth largest city in Turkey, that drive from Istanbul 4 hours, of which the last 1.5 on the serpentine, that the resort has an ice rink, cross-country ski tracks and a funicular to Bursa. All the few and quite concise reviews that we managed to find converged in one thing – the resort and hotels are wonderful, but the tracks are terribly boring for “dummies”. From our point of view, a great recommendation that has inspired us tremendously. We immediately began to find out the weather in Bursa at the beginning of January – and got cruel +13+15C. Maybe it’s cooler on the mountain. – we thought, asking friends to write to friends in Turkey for the weather in Uludag. “Snow is present, and the people ride,” we received in response. Only with the help site www.ski.ru from which there is a link to the weather сайтwww.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Uludag.0to3mid.php, we finally dealt with the situation: Bursa is at the foot of the mountain, and there is actually a plus; but Uludag is at an altitude of 1700 m, and the lifts reach up to 2100 m, and at these heights the temperature is about +2-2 and -5-7. respectively. Having judged that the house is still boring, and even to work will pull, and in Uludag, even if not fused with the movement of the mountain, at least you can walk on the beautiful slopes and ride our favorite conventional skiing, we decided: fly! Take everything with you! Fees were… yeah no they were not! Somewhere in the middle of the day on January 2, we remembered that we were leaving at night, and began to pack. Because of the incomplete clarity with the weather had to take into account all the options, that is, to take things on +5 and -10. Also added ski equipment (which, in theory, was supposed to turn, and promised us a ski/sticks/boots, but in the end came down to gloves and glasses). As always in such cases, first it turned out, that “our” skis promised someone else. In General, the ski is discarded. Some difficulty in collecting caused a “Shoe problem”, as the shoes had to be warm, but not too, to withstand the slush and be non-slip. As a result, the sports store was found the desired option – something like insulated sneakers. Heels recommend to exclude, so as roads here clean, but not too working hard, day all melts, then solidifies. Incidentally, about elegant things (skirts, silks, decolletage and white) – by and large, they here utterly nor to what. For dinner I will go down and the sweater is brighter in bars all go in the same, what you ride (except that “cotton” pants will be jeans). At the disco we were not, but the picture is likely the same. The local people appreciate in things convenience, impermeability and versatility. Do not clutter your Luggage with unnecessary clothes! After storing all the collected we realized that the beloved travel bag not dispense – winter, all things voluminous. I rescued a well-deserved black suitcase, which creaked, but still fastened – after we perched on it together. If you are lucky with a ski, keep in mind that the baggage allowance is still 20 kg per person, but for the size of the “ski” tours usually do not need to pay extra (although it is better to specify when buying a ticket). According to our observations people distribute things in the following way: one bag held the shoes, a second (usually smaller) – things. The non-entered belongings were stored in covers with skis: both skis are in addition insured against damages, and things are distributed. We especially liked the option of combining a travel bag and a ski bag: something like a very long and narrow suitcase, with a handle and wheels. Thus, instead of several bags and covers – one easily transported suitcase.