Ak-Tash Mountain Ski Base

Ak-Tash

Small ski resort in the Orussay valley with all conveniences. One of the freeride resort of Kyrgyzstan. The small hotel at the base of the slope and its restaurant are open the all-year-around. You can be lifted or you may enjoy ski-touring also. Some skis and snowboard can be rented at the resort.

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Ak-Tash Winter Yurt Camp

outside view of yurt (winter time)

Ak-Tash (which means "white stone" in Kyrgyz) lies at the foot of the great forests of Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley. The red rock hills form an incredible contrast between the blue Issyk Kul lake and the large meadows covered with edelweiss. In summer, the Ak-Tash yurt camp provides a stopover for overnight stays if you come on horseback or by foot from the Jukku Valley or Jeti Oguz. In winter, yurts become a base camp for ski touring. An ideal place to enjoy the slopes of Siuttu Bulak, Giukiuro, Burgan-Suu, and the mountains overlooking the Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu Gorge. Gradients of more than 1500 meters and descents of more than 6 km are possible in this region. The hot springs of Chong Kyzyl Suu are located 4km upstream, before reaching the geophysical station located 4km higher than the springs.

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Jyrgalan Backcountry Base

Jergalan Chunkur Tor - ski touring 2017

Jyrgalan village is located 60 km east of Karakol town, in the Issyk Kul Oblast. Jyrgalan is a mountain village built at an altitude of 2250 meters, during the Soviet era for the exploitation of coal. The mine now closed, the inhabitants of the village have decided to form an ecotourism community and to develop year-round tourism in this little-known region.

In 2021, the community offered 8 homestays, 2 yurt camps and 1 guesthouse. There is no ski lift, but a snow-cat and snowmobiles.

In winter, in the snowiest region of Issyk Kul, the village turns into a small freeride ski resort where everyone will find a favorite activity: ski touring, split-boarding, snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, but even more important in the eyes of travelers, is to find an atmosphere of an authentic village with shepherds and their cattle. And for those who would like to stay in the village, you can take a sauna, cookery lessons and taste great cuisine of your hosts.

The off-piste are very varied, the peaks of the radial exit are between 2700 and 3500 meters above sea level, drops up to 1250 meters. The nearest slopes, covered with fir trees, allow skitouring trips even with bad weather conditions.

The avalanche's risk is not negligible due underlays of cold snow. So it is strongly advised to hire the services of a local guide. Some Kyrgyz guide are certified IFMGA.

In collaboration with the local community and with the Association Boule de Neige, we are participating in a development program for learning to ski for children in Jyrgalan. This fall 2021, a donation of equipment has been sent to the Karakol's Youth Sports School which will distribute ski equipment. Also, we are currently looking for a baby-lift for the Jyrgalan's school.

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Karakol Ski Resort

Karakol Ski Resort

The ski resort of the Kyrgyz SSR team, now a commercial ski resort with 2 hotels and lodges. It's part of the National Park of Karakol. There are many facilities in the resort, but you can also find cheap accommodation in the town of Karakol.

There are several slopes for all levels, but it is above all a resort for good skiers. Freeriders and walkers will find something to be satisfied with. From the station, there are several routes for ski touring.

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Too-Ashuu Ski Resort

Skiing at Suusamyr valley

The newly ski resort was build on the top of slopes at the altitude of 3000 meters. The main slope is ideal for beginners, but ski lovers will find another slope on the East-side of the mountain. As the slope cover only a small part of the mountain, you will find many freeride possibilities. Usually the season begin end of October and finish in April. The snow-cover is one of the most important, and can reach 2 meters during good winter.

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Kolgokar

Kolgokar

We wouldn't expect to visit a big ski resort, Kolgokar is just a few wagons and a ski lift from the Soviet era. We don't necessarily ski, we come here to get some fresh air on weekends, enjoy a family picnic, go for a walk and drink with friends.

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Polytech

Politex

Sportsmen love this ski resort built by engineer of the Polytechnic institute of Bishkek. There are surface lifts, you may rent also the "bugel". The longest lift is not offently open, it's a bar-lift. There is also a small restaurant-cafΓ© with nice view of the mountain.

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Zil Ski Resort

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This ski resort is one of the most popular in Kyrgyzstan. It is open every day in winter season and you may find slopes of any level. The resort is situated 35 km far from Bishkek city, 1850 m above sea level. There are 8 equipped parkings with more than 700 parking places.

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