Uludağ, which is one of the first symbols that comes to mind when Bursa is mentioned and is located 36 kilometers south of the city, at an altitude of 2,543 meters, is one of the most popular winter sports centers of our country.
Beside winter tourism, Uludağ, which was declared a National Park in 1961 with its unique beauties, richness of flora and fauna, attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists by providing opportunities for camping, trekking and daily picnic activities in summer.
Skiing has been done in Uludağ since 1933. The number of days covered with snow in Uludağ, which is the most important winter sports and ski center of our country, is over 150 days a year. The world-famous Uludağ ski slopes are built on Fatintepe and Kuşakkaya hills.
Uludağ Ski Center consists of two separate regions, namely I. and II. Development Zone.In the first development zone, there are a total of 36 accommodation and recreation facilities, 17 of which are public and 19 private. The total bed capacity is around 10,000. Declared as a tourism center in 1986, II. Development Zone has 4 hotels.
Uludağ ski resort has suitable geography conditions in terms of Alpine and Northern discipline, “Tour skiing” and “Helicopter skiing” applications. Apart from skiing, snowboarding, big foot, ice skating and snowmobile activities are alternatives offered to visitors.
There are 15 mechanical facilities including 8 chair lifts and 7 teleski in the hotels area. 13 different tracks are still in service. The ski center is 36 kilometers from Bursa and 150 kilometers from Istanbul.
One of the extraordinary beauties that Uludağ offers to its visitors is the cable car transportation. There are four lines in total between Bursa-Kadıyayla (1235 meters) and Kadıyayla-Sarıalan (1621 meters). One cabin carries 30 people on each line. It reaches Kadıyayla by departing from the district that it calls the cable car every 20 minutes. Here you can change the cabin and get on the cabin that goes to Sarıalan. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. It is possible to cross the 7-kilometer road by minibus to reach the Hotels Area from Sarıalan.
Wild boars, foxes, jackals, wolves, badgers, wild cats and hasancık or other name tree sleepers, mole, squirrel, sorex, marten and a small amount of bears live in the National Park area.
There is also a Deer Breeding Farm in Yeşiltarla. Bearded vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus) is an endemic species living in Uludağ. Apollo butterfly, the largest butterfly species living in Turkey, has a spectacular look and exceptional structure. The unique Apollo Butterfly, which dances in the meadows decorated with thousands of flowers in July and August, is known as a species that can find the opportunity to live at an altitude of 6 thousand meters from time to time.
The first traces of the ice age in Turkey is seen in Uludag. There are formations shaped by glaciers and interesting looking rock masses on the north-facing slopes of Uludağ. Shapes such as Yılanlıkaya, Cennetkaya, Çobankaya are the most typical examples of these. There are also glacial lakes in the higher parts of the National Park.