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Shymbulak Ski Resort

Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan
+7 (727) 330 8500
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Activities: Skiing
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Providence, Rhode Island
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

But what the guide books don't tell you is that it is open all year accept it is closed for the whole month in OCTOBER!!!! You can drive up to base lodge, past the Medeo ice rink (I think the largest outdoor ice rink in the world) for a walk-about. Parking is sparse, but there are some spaces up along... More

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Atyrau Province, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Having lived in Kazakhstan for over 2 years Shymbulak is one of my highlights for anyone visiting the country and Almaty. For non skiers its worth going for the view alone. Its very easy to get to either by Taxi which should cost less than 2,000 tenge. I would also recommend taking the number 6 city bus from outside Hotel... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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136 reviews 136 reviews
94 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This ski resort is extremely convenient only 30 minutes drive away from Almaty. The most surprising fact about the geographical layout in the region is that the Tian Shan mountains sprung from the ground just at the outskirts of the city without of hilly area of few tens of kilometers in between. The climb is steep as soon as you... More

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Moscow, Russia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Was here in May, Shymbulak is a great place for hiding from city heat. Main entertainment area is around 2800 m high. Medeo skating arena is also point of attraction here.

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Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I was in Almaty for business and had one afternoon off. I am happy to use it for a trip to the mountains, needed some fresh air and sun. Unfortunatelly it was in April so there was not much snow left. The mountains are amazing but the skiing area seemed very small to me. I had my lunch at the... More

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New York City, New York
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122 reviews 122 reviews
32 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

New, expensive, convenient. It takes 30 minutes (without traffic) to get here from Almaty by car. From mountain skate ring MEDEO, there is a air train that takes you in 5 minutes to the ski resort, which was open this year up to mid April.

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Belgium
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65 reviews 65 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Nice place to enjoy some fresh air, snow and sun! Convenient located, can be reached from the center by taxi or bus. Ski resort is rather small, but ok for 1 day of fun.

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Pontiac, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I was in Almaty Kazakhstan for business purposes and on the weekend decided to go to the ski hill... Less than 30 minutes away from city center. A nice hill with very few people... You never have to wait! The hill is a good size but lack a bit of expert trails. It cost me less then 150$ for the... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This ski resort just 20 minutes from Almaty has great slopes and good vertical drop (approx. 2200 - 3200m), even if the overall area is not very large. If you are up a morning after a decent snow fall the powder skiing can be exceptional, also compared with the Alps or North America. However the service levels are poor, especially... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

It is amazing how quick it is to reach. Rather small resort but well maintained. In summer good to start hiking tours from either of the stations. So check it out.

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