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“Palandoken: reviews of skiers” or “Alpine skiing in Turkish”

In this article I will try to answer questions about the resort Palandoken, which probably long ago excite the minds of our alpine skiing community. Is it worth going to Palandoken, what is this place, what is there for the tracks, and the most interesting thing: how are the tracks of Palandoken compared to the European tracks? As the story goes, I will try to answer these and many other questions about the Palandoken resort.

I will start from the beginning, more precisely from the moment when we began to choose where to jerk this winter. Considered Austria, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Turkey. But in the end they were seduced by all-inclusive, and other Turkish charms, and the money was a little tight because we firmly wanted to go for 2 weeks. Someone made fun of us, they say, there are stones, there is no snow, you will sit in the hotel. Someone openly laughed – “To Turkey? For 2 week??? Oh well…”. But in the end vouchers were purchased. And we decided to try out on our own skin what is alpine skiing in Turkish.

Things are collected, skis are packed, we stand at Domodedovo for registration. There are not very many people, everyone quickly passed, the skis were sent to the elevator, then they rocked a little on Duty-Free and on the plane. And here we are, on an old Tu-154, we are flying to Turkey. Beauty. But still, a black thought, like a worm, is gnawing somewhere — will there be snow there? Is it possible to go?
The weather pleased us, it was very clear and we also saw mountains from the plane. Not as beautiful as the Alps, but also nothing. The mountains are like big heaps of sand, like Khibiny-overgrown. The tops of the snow, and in the lowlands it is not. This alarmed. But as the passage inland, the snow became more and more and the mountains grew higher – good. In the distance, the spire of Palandoken, as we saw it in the pictures, appeared. Who does not know, this is the former NATO radar station, the highest point, from there the most interesting routes begin. The people povyshkakival from the seat and gathered at one side, the flight attendants with shouts tried to return the people to the designated places – landing, however, few people want to get off.

The landing was successful, otherwise I would most likely have not been able to write this report. At the airport, on both sides of the runway, half a meter of snow is good, but I would like more. Consoled themselves with the fact that the mountains are higher, there should be more snow. I was eager to come and check everything. Back in the plane, they began to frighten us that it was -15 outside, it was cold, dress warmer. But do you scare us with this … The people in sweaters and T-shirts dumped out of the plane, rejoicing in the earth, the sun and snow. The Turks looked with surprise at the “crazy Russians”, but it wasn’t cold, the air was dry, -10 there it’s like -2 here, normally, in general. Looking ahead, I will say that we ran from the hotel to the street to smoke in thin pants and T-shirts, at -15. The Turks thought we were completely insane.

That’s all decorated, the luggage is received, we left the skies in a special car – she will go to the hotels for the bus. About half an hour of the road and we are in the hotel. We got the last room on the highest, 6th floor. Plus it was that the view was on the mountain and the slopes, minus the fact that it was the upper floor, the roof was sloping, and we constantly dug our heads against the low ceiling. A bit about the rooms: the rooms are old, the furniture is rather dilapidated, the plumbing is not very good. In general, for 4 stars it obviously does not pull, in Europe it is 2 stars, probably. We didn’t like small pillows – we couldn’t get used to them, so we had to fold the blanket, put it under the sheet, and put pillows on this design. Another point is that mountain water comes from the tap, such as the one that is sold in bottles, so there is no sense in buying bottles of drinking water there, by the way, I haven’t even seen them. At the reception, we were given an All Inclusive card – a purple card on a string to hang around your neck – when you order drinks, you give a card to a cashier, he knocks out a check, and with him you go to the bartender. The enemy will not pass. On the same string is a ski pass, a blue card, somewhat similar to those in Sorochan and Stepanovo. Occasionally it works when attached to the turnstile. But most often the card is tupit, and the Turk at the turnstile misses you on its own.

Well, how – the first day arrived and not go? Disorder! We quickly change clothes, put on our shoes and go ahead. We find the exit to the hill through the so-called Ski-room (a miserable resemblance thereof in Europe). There is a terrible inscription in Russian: “Please do not walk in g / l shoes.” At first they were surprised, later they scored, then I will tell you why.

So, here we are on the hill! Hooray! Before us is a yoke. It was lazy to look for other tracks, so far we decided to ride the yoke, and so that our legs got used to it. From the yoke comes like 2 tracks. One – parallel to the yoke, moderately steep, the other – bends around the little thing, gently sloping, such as for beginners. All this goes into vykat to the hotel. Initially, struck by the abundance of stones on the slopes. Lay literally cobblestones. We thought for a long time – are Turks really lazy to even remove them? In some places the snow was cut to the ground, it was necessary to ride carefully to go around such areas. I myself have chosen a cool from Dedeman cafe to the hotel.

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