Snowboarding's best will flock to Kayseri, a central Turkish city where Mount Erciyes is located, for the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard World Cup on March 4.
City officials and the Turkish Ski Federation held a joint press conference to promote the event yesterday in Istanbul.
Erol Yarar, who heads the Turkish Ski Federation, said they were pleased to host the second Turkish edition of the event first held in February in Kayseri. "It shows how great Turkey's potential is in winter sports. We started out hosting world cups and are looking to bring the Winter Olympics to Turkey and make Kayseri a world-renowned ski hub and resort," he told reporters.
Kayseri Mayor Mustafa Çelik said his city now hosts one of the best winter sports hub in Europe after an investment of about 200 million euros. He said that Kayseri has a 102-kilometer long ski track and 18 separate facilities for winter sports where they use additional artificial snow, although Erciyes, with an elevation of 3,916 meters, remains snowy throughout the winter.
Around 120 snowboarders from around the world will compete in the tournament, which will be broadcast live to millions across the globe.