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Shymbulak Ski Resort

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Address: Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: 7-727-3308500
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Impressive ski resort

One of the world's great ski places, only to come up with the cable car to the top of the mountain takes more than 20 minutes, a stunning place with breathtaking views, a ski... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2015
Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

One of the world's great ski places, only to come up with the cable car to the top of the mountain takes more than 20 minutes, a stunning place with breathtaking views, a ski resort seemed very invested in luxury, on-site restaurant is very expensive and may not want to eat there

Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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98 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We found and old and nice person, who took as a tour from Medeu up till the Shymbulak by his car. He took from us 3,000 from 2 people (1,500 tenge per person or $6 per person), but it was worth it. He told us lots of important information about Shymbulak and the protective dam of Almata built in 20th... More 

Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

i've been there in summer, but eventhough there was no snow, the view and the air there is amazing. you can get by the telecabines till 3200 meters by not so much money. You can have dinner in the bars at the bases. It's a great contact with nature, really near Almaty, and easy to get to, with 99 bus.... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Cable car ride was one of the nicest ever, what a beautiful country and great warm people, i will definately come back again in winter with my famiky

Zurich, Switzerland
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

In general nice place. Esp. in winter for skiing. But no the government put a new law in place that all foreign citizen must have special permission what will kill the place. The food is ok but very overpriced e.g. in Chalet.

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Almaty, Almaty City, Kazakhstan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

I really liked this place so much skiing and a lot of fun stuff in shymbulak its very nice when its winter visit this place when its winter

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Non far away from Almaty, this ski resort offers wonderful alpine views also in Summer. Also a very good grill restaurant for lunch.

Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We travelled here in the middle of summer. The cable car ride is in 3 sections with spectacular views throughout. There was still snow at the top even in summer. If you are looking for a place to pose with an eagle astride a horse then this is it. Well worth the visit.

Miami Beach, Florida
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91 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We just went in the middle of the summer. One day it was 96 degrees in the city and the next we go to Shymbulak and it is snowing! It felt like Christmas. We could not believe it! It is well worth the trip here. Views are spectacular and once you get to the top please have a sea buck... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Shymbulak cable car ride is one great experience. There are 2 stages of the ride. You can choose to go upto 1st stop ( half hr. ride) and go back or to go on to summit. Well maintained and clean premises. It is at 20 minutes drive from Almaty city centre so not a lot for travel is required. P.S.... More 


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