FREERIDE ON SKI RESORT «SHYMBULAK» (1 DAY)

Riding on the best and largest resort in Kazakhstan, which matches the European standards of quality. Developed infrastructure of ropeways, relief's diversity and long duration of winter season will let the rider with any level to enjoy freeride slopes.
 

Season: November - April 

Best preriod: December - March 

Route complexity: suitable for beginners and experienced freeriders. The route involves riding both on the groomed slopes and off-piste with possibility of organizing backcountry nearby the resort. It is desirable to have a good physical training, it is necessary to have a set of avalanche equipment. 

H difference: about 1000 metres. Lowest point - 2260 m, highest point – 3200 m. 

Description: 

Ski resort "Shymbulak" is located in picturesque gorge Trans-Ili Alatau – Kok Ashyk at an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, 15 minutes drive from center of Almaty. The resort was founded in 1954. Since mid-1950s, Shymbulak served as training base for Soviet skiers, the USSR and Kazakhstan championships were held on its slopes. Every year in the beginning of February skiers competed for "Alexandra Artemenko Prize", 11-time champion of the USSR, master of sports, participant of the Olympic Games 1956.

During preparation for 2011 Winter Asian Games, much work was done for reconstruction of ski resort, freestyle park Quiksilver Chimba was opened, new cableway from Medeu sport complex to Shymbulak with 4.5 km length was built. In 2012, another cable car "Left Talgar" was launched, perfectly suitable for beginners. In February 2017, international sport even - the 28th World Winter Universiade happend and competitions in such desciplines as alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding were held on the territory of resort. In 2013, the Russian "Forbes" included Shymbulak in the top ten visa-free ski resorts for Russians. Total length of the slopes is 25 km. On the ski slopes there is the system of snow cannons, which allow you to start the season earlier and extend it until April, and sometimes even till May. Wide range of services, comfortable gondola and chair lifts, restaurants, cafes and bars for every taste will let you to enjoy the atmosphere of coziness and modest luxury that reigns on the territory of one of the best ski resorts in the CIS.               

Tour program: 

08.30 – departure from Almaty to the sport complex «Medeu».

Upon arrival at the place we will prepare equipment and get the “Shymbulak” ski resort by cable car. It will take 20 minutes.

10.00 – arrival at the resort.

First half of the day we will be skiing from the lifts and try local freeride spots. If the snow and weather conditions let we will explore slopes “Dry Log” and “Cone”.

13.00 – 14.00 – lunch.

Lunch will be arranged at the highest point of ski resort on Talgar pass in stylish and chill café “3200 Bar”. Here you can relax sitting on the soft sofa, take sunbath and listen to the lounge music. If you tired from the sun you can sit inside and enjoy watching ski movie, communicate with local riders and drink special herb tea.

14.00 – 17.00 – we will continue to tide at the resort and outside of it.

Depending on physical fit of the participants, condition and amount of snow, it will be possible to make a short backcountry to one of the closest to end the day with a beautiful on untouched snowy slope.

17.00 – descent by cable car to the sport complex «Medeu». Transfer to Almaty city. 

Return to Almaty by 7 p.m.

Private Tour Price: 205 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together 


Group Tour Price for February 24 and March 30, 31, 2019: 115 USD Per Person 

Tour Price INCLUSIONS: 

1. Services of professional ski guide, English-speaking
2. Transfer Almaty – ski resort "Shymbulak" – Almaty
3. Daily ski-pass at the ski resort 
4. Food - snacks at the ski resort, lunch.
5. All admission and environmental fees

 

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 2. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required 3. Meals (other than specified), personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program 4. Accommodation in Almaty before / after the tour 5. Insurance policy
What to bring: Required Equipment: Freeride skis/snowboard Ski/snowboard boots Poles (for skiers) Avalanche equipment (ABS system or avalanche safety kit: shovel, probe and transceiver) Freeride backpack with volume 20-30 litres with ski/snowboard fixation Goggles Helmet Gloves Sunscreen Thermos with tea Personal AID kit
Transport: Minivan
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
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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.