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Address: Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: +7 (727) 330 8500
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Activities: Skiing

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By far the most interesting place in Almaty

Stunning mountain views and miles of cableways. 3km of the downhill path. Excellent place to ski. Even if you don't ski it is enjoyable to spend couple hours drinking tea at 3200... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Lviv, Ukraine
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Lviv, Ukraine
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Stunning mountain views and miles of cableways. 3km of the downhill path. Excellent place to ski. Even if you don't ski it is enjoyable to spend couple hours drinking tea at 3200 bar. Highly recommended. As opposed to boring Almaty in general.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Beautiful and usually a non-crowded place such as alpine skiing, hiking, rope park near Almaty. It open around a year, except of second half of april. Skiing season usually from December till April. But price is high for food and other service for mid-level budget people. Please, watch my aerial video footage for general details- https://youtu.be/qqNDcMN6tUo

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

i loved my two days there. Mainly locals so very quiet . Never waited for a chair and only. Small wait for the main medu car up and down. Rented equipment up there but places in town also. So close to Almaty, from leaving hotel to getting to rental shop at resort ( via medu gondola) was 1 hour !... More 

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Istanbul
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Shymbulak (aka Chimbulak) is a great place to meet friends. I have enjoyed many cappuccinos while surrounded by alpine beauty during every season.

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I visited here in autumn, after the ski-ing season had finished, and travelled to Medu by bus from Almaty and then up to Shymbulak by cable car and then beyond by two more cable cars, to the mountain passes overlooking the bnow fields. Beautiful, with wonderful views back down towards Alamty. A lovely day out

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Staines, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great day out, very close to Almaty. We went yesterday, Saturday, and it wasn't busy at all. Hired gear in town from Extreme Asia salopettes gloves goggles helmet boots and skis (had my own jacket) 3000 tenge. Taxis are around 5000 to the resort less to the skating rink. Lift pass on a saturday was 7000 for 4hrs or 8000... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The best thing about this resort is the lack of queues and its proximity to the city. We skied two days, which was enough given that the resort is mall, and even on the Saturday there were no queues at any point. The services are all very good, from the gondola at Medeu to the toilets, lockers etc at the... More 

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Gloucestershire
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6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Ok, so not everything was perfect and some of the negative points made in others' reviews were valid: rude cashiers on arrival ("Do you speak English?" "NO!" "Can I have a return gondola ticket?" "You want three lifts... one, two, three... Combi ticket... three-thousand-five-hundred" "Um... ok, so you do speak English then?!" I'd merely wanted to undertstand the difference between... More 

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Almaty
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I have been skiing at Shymbulak for 3 seasons now, and have found that although there is quite good infrastructure, the whole resort is BADLY let down by the quality of customer service. Rude, and ignorant staff at the cashier desks especially, make me feel that the resort management dont understand anything about making their customers feel appreciated. Safety on... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Located in 30 minutes drive from the center of Almaty Shymbulak offers great view of the city on the sunny day and lots of fun skiing. You can take a taxi from the city to the gondola from Medeu station. The ride on gondola to Shymbulak takes about 20-25 minutes. According to the Shymbulak's website (http://www.shymbulak.com/) this gondola is the... More 

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