Shymbulak - is a popular ski resort in Kazakhstan near Alma Ata, located on a Zailiyskiy Ala-Tau ridge, a bit higher than famous high-altitude skating rink “Medeu”. The altitude of the natural boundary Chymbulak is 2200 – 2500 m, Talgar Pass – 3200 m, the nearest peaks are: peak Shkolnik – 3800 m, peak Amangeldy – 4000 m, Abay peak – 4010 m, peak Komsomola – 4376 m, on which annually mass alpiniads are held.
- Base height – 2260 meters
- Upper point of the height – 3163 meters
- Route length – 30 km
- FIS Standard
Ski Resort «Shymbulak» People have different reasons for coming to Almaty, someone to spend their vacation, someone to work and study… Everyone has different amounts of time to enjoy this beautiful city. In case the trip is not very long and there is a wish to see something worthwhile, here are the places which are highly recommended to visit. One of such places is a ski resort “Shymbulak”, located in the clove of the Zailiyskiy Ala-Tau at 2220 m above the sea level. It is 25 km from the center of Almaty. The average temperature is +18C in summer and -9C in winter. Favorable environment attracts tourists, mountaineers and downhill skiers to this area with available relief, and allow to lay ski routes with 900 – 1000 m level difference. The route length of the sports, downhill from the Talgar Pass is 3500 m, giant slalom – 1500 m, average width is 25 m, slope – 11°- 29°. Along its entire length such parameters allow sportsmen to run up to maximum speed. At the beginning of 50’s skiers discovered themselves a splendid corner, located in the natural boundary Chymbulak. Ideal for downhill skiing, long natural slope with various relief, combined with unique snow structure providing better grip and sliding, won everyone over. Soon the first downhill route, that meets international standards, was laid here. Just before you reach skating rink “Medeu” change to a modern gondola cable car and in 15 minutes you’ll be at the famous “Shymbulak” – ski resort of the world class. Sun shines here 300 days a year and the snow is rather special – dry and light that guarantees fast and at the same time comfortable skiing. And all this at the ski season duration of 7 months. Shymbulak’s landmark is a variety of routes, including the soft and gentle slopes for beginners, long trails for trained skiers, FIS downhills, half-pipe for snowboarders, extreme bends for experts. The VIIth Asian Winter Games were successfully held here, therefore slopes were lengthened and widened, and snow cannons were also placed. Using the cable railway you can reach the Talgar pass (3163 meters) for mogul. There are new routes designing on Shymbulak every year. Its ski slopes are certified by the International Ski Federation. The trails of downhill skiing and giant slalom are included in the ten most difficult routes of the world. Extra information: For those who wish to ski there is an equipment rental, the services of experienced instructors are also available. Beginners’ training is carried out in the separate secure area. There are several canteens, cafes, restaurants and even the Marronerosso&Chimbulak coffee house. In case you are hungry, you don’t have to carry the skis with you in a restaurant or a bar, for 50 tenge you can leave them close by the elevator where there is a specialized storage room presented as a simple wooden construction. If you are not eager to master the skills of mountain skiing and just want to rush with the wind through the picturesque routes of Shymbulak you can use the new service – specific sledges, controlled by the skilled skier, designed for two passengers. Otherwise, using chair lifts, you can have a ride “in the clouds” and even have a sunbathe there. Justdon’tforgetyoursunglasses! The resort is working round-the-clock, cable and chair ways from 10 a.m to 5 p.m, during the summer time from May till October – Tuesday is the prophylactic day. Whole day ticket during weekends costs 5 000 tenge, during weekdays – 4 000. Also, you can buy a half-day ticket, it costs 3 000 Tenge on weekends and 2 500 on weekdays. Prices could be changed. For more information, visit the official website: www.shimbulak.kz.