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FREERIDE ON “AK-BULAK” SKI RESORT (1 DAY)

One-day ski trip near Almaty to one of the best spots, where you can ride off-piste from the lifts. Full immersion in the atmosphere of freeride: an abundance of snow, steep gradients, wide fields and narrow couloirs, coniferous forest, many drops, lines of descent for every taste.

Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

Season: December - March

Complexity: medium, for fit skiers and snowboarders with confident level of riding on wild terrain. Good physical form is desirable. It is necessary to have a set of avalanche equipment.

H Difference: up to 1200 metres, lowest point - 1650 m a.s.l., highest point - 2800 m a.s.l.

AREA DESCRIPTION:

Built in 2006, Ak-Bulak Ski Resort is a quite young resort. But because of its popularity it has become one of the most attractive sights of Almaty. There are all conditions for comfortable and fun rest. There are 4 ski-lifts on the resort territory, and the total length of all ski slopes is 10 km. You can also ride on tubes and visit local ice rink. The main advantage of the resort is that it is located in a surprisingly beautiful place, in the heart of the Soldier Gorge. Due to its good location, Ak-Bulak has excellent weather during the whole winter season. For example, the average temperature in December ranges within -7 degrees Celsius. Ski season lasts from mid-November to the end of March. In November, the temperature is set to -4 degrees Celsius. January and February are the coldest months, because at this time of the year the temperature can drop to -12 degrees. By March, weather conditions are stabilizing, and the temperature rises to -3 degrees Celsius.      

TOUR PROGRAM: 

Departure from Almaty at 08:00 to Talgar city. Passing through one of it's central streets, you will move up to the mountains. It will take about one and a half hour to overcome 50 km distance. Arrival on the territory of ski resort Ak-Bulak at approx. 09:30. Preparation of the equipment, instructions from the guide.
At 10:00 - ascent by gondola cable car (length is 2351 m), which will deliver you to the slope with altitude 2006 m a.s.l. Then chairlift will deliver you further to the highest point with "black tracks" only. Slope gradient in this zone is from 22 to 55 degrees. Parts of descent pass both in open spaces and in the treeline, among the Tien-Shan firs with lots of drops. A huge mass of white fluffy snow and amazing panorama of surrounding high rocky mountains will leave the brightest impression. 
Skiing on the "black slopes" of the resort with a guide until 13:30. The guide knows the resort "like the palm on his hand" and will show you the most interesting places, hidden from the majority of riders. Riding will be fun, intense and full of adventures - you will not even notice how fast time is flying. 
A picnic lunch will be arranged on the benches at the observation ground until 14:30. You will rest, sunbathe and admire views of the big mountains located very near, and perhaps, even see a huge and beautiful prey bird – bearded vulture.
After lunch you will continue to ride until 16:00, and then will ski down to the parking. Packing stuff and departure to Almaty. Arrival to Almaty at about 19:00.

Private Tour Price: 345 USD individually for one person
                               190 USD per person, for the group of 2 people
                               165 USD, for the group of 3 people


***For the group applications discounts are available!

Tour Price INCLUSIONS: 

1. Services of professional English-speaking skiing guide
2. Transfer Almaty - Ak-Bulak Ski Resort - Almaty
3. Daily ski-pass at the ski resort
4. All admission and environmental fees 

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:

1. Rental of ski and avalanche equipment (rental is possible upon request)
2. Lunch
3. Accommodation in Almaty before or after the tour
4. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required
5. Insurance policy

Number of days: 1
Covered regions:
Almaty
Astana
Akmola
Aktobe
Atyrau
East Kazakhstan
Karagandy
Kostanay
Kyzylorda
Mangystau
North Kazakhstan
Pavlodar
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Zhambyl
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: 1. Rental of ski and avalanche equipment (rental is possible upon request) 2. Lunch 3. Accommodation in Almaty before or after the tour 4. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required 5. Insurance policy
What to bring: Freeride skis/snowboard Ski/snowboard boots Poles (for skiers) Avalanche equipment (air bag system, shovel, probe and transceiver) Freeride backpack with volume 20-30 litres with ski/snowboard fixation Goggles Helmet Gloves Sunscreen Thermos with hot tea Personal AID kit Snacks
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.