For the first two hours the road wound past
'rippling streams, hornbeams, poppies, oak coppices,
and green pines', but beyond that the ground
was covered by thick snow. At last they arrived
at their destination, Karabelen Ski Chalet,
where they donned their skis, applied sun cream
to their faces, and set out led by their instructor.
The twelve and a half kilometres climb took
three hours. They skied back and arrived exhausted.
'After a meal of soup, eggs and delicious stewed
fruit, we lit our cigarettes,' said Naci Sadullah.
They all drank deeply of the ice cold Uludag
spring water, said to have therapeutic qualities.
Sadullah went on to describe the skiers: 'The
bodies of all were as burnt as if they had lain
beneath the blazing sun for months... Young
girls on paraffin oiled skis glided down the
slopes, their hair flying out. Seen like that,
in those clothes, and with their natural demeanor,
they were far more charming than when dancing
the waltz in low necked evening dresses at balls.'
We also learn from this article that all the
skiers had coined the greeting 'good skiing'
instead of 'good day' or 'good morning'.