The Palandöken Ski Center is a ski area for alpine skiing and snowboarding on the Palandöken in the Erzurum province in the east of Türkiye. On the way from Erzurum to the summit, the Palandöken ski area is located in the mountain village of Başköy at an altitude of 2,100 m. The distance between the lift station and Erzurum is 4 km.
The ski slope is the longest in Türkiye. Due to the quality of the snow (a fine-grained light powder), the steepness of the slopes and the length of the trail, Palandöken is known as the best mountain in Türkiye for experienced skiers. The toughest run is at the back of the mountain, known as Ejder (Turkish for “Dragon”). Due to fog and the danger of avalanches, the Ejder lifts and trails are sometimes closed. The ski season can start in November and last until June. More elevators were opened in 2008-2010. There are currently a total of 8 lifts.
The ski center is 7 km southwest of Erzurum and was built for the 2011 Winter Universiade. Its base is at 2,200 m and the upper height is 3,176 m. In addition to a gondola lift, there are five chairlift lines that serve all 22 slopes on different slopes on an area of 460 hectares. The ski season usually starts at the end of October and ends in the first weeks of May in the higher regions.
The Ejder and Kapıkaya runs are the longest. They are Olympic-sized and suitable for slalom skiing and giant slalom disciplines. The total length of the runs is 28 km, the longest being 12 km long and having an altitude difference of 1,100 m.
The slopes of the Palandöken ski area are served by lifting platforms (eight chairlifts of different sizes and one gondola lift) with a total hourly transport capacity of 8,100 skiers. Accommodation is in the hotels in the ski area and in the city. The slopes are illuminated so that skiing is possible when it gets dark around 4:00 p.m. local time. In January 2017 the lighting system was improved for better visibility.
The alpine ski competition took place in the newly built Konaklı ski area, while the freestyle ski and snowboard competitions took place in the Palandöken ski area.