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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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Perfect weather, perfect view, and not far from Almaty.

I went there on a sunny day and very nice cool weather. As I cannot speak Russian, I paid 3,000 tenge for taxi (one-way) from the Almaty City Center to the cable car station... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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91 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I went there on a sunny day and very nice cool weather. As I cannot speak Russian, I paid 3,000 tenge for taxi (one-way) from the Almaty City Center to the cable car station. Then, went on the cable car to the top of the mountain. It was a long ride. Very nice and amazing view. In winter must be... More 

Thank patralak
Jerusalem, Israel
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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

Thank DavidMiz
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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113 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Ghazaryanedgar
Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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 

Thank JuanGau
Columbus, Ohio
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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

Thank Fitiany
Zurich, Switzerland
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74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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.

2 Thank Robin270
Almaty, Almaty City, Kazakhstan
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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

Thank Anuar U
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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.

Thank Nicola61Ita
Cairns, Australia
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199 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
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.

Thank sismith17
Miami Beach, Florida
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
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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