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Address: Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: 7-727-3308500
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

“Shymbylak” mountain ski resort is located in picturesque canyon Ile Alatau...

“Shymbylak” mountain ski resort is located in picturesque canyon Ile Alatau on 2260 metres high above the sea level. Its in 15 minutes away from the center of Almaty city.

- Working hours: whole year

- Lift quantity: 7

- Extension of slopes for skiing: more than 20 km

- Average temperature: summer time +20 C, winter -7 C

- Average thickness of snow cover: till 1.5 m

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I was really surprised to find out that also in this postsoviet country you can find such a great skiing place. Wow ! In the height 2260m, you can really feel the fresh mountain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2016
JaRule1982
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Service poor as they kept getting our order wrong. Food however was very nice and the toilets were very clean. The waiters were friendly but didn't seem to listen carefully to our order

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I was really surprised to find out that also in this postsoviet country you can find such a great skiing place. Wow ! In the height 2260m, you can really feel the fresh mountain air there:-) and enjoey nice and cozy wooden restaurant Chalet there. Great tea!

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Thank JaRule1982
Emirate Of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

The hotel is nestled in a quietest, most loveliest spot on the hills and the view from the rooms is simply, breathtaking. The Check In was remarkable smooth and the staff at the reception was amazingly cooperative. The rooms had an amazing wooden paneling and although, they lacked all the luxury one expects coming from hotels in Dubai, this was... More 

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Dubai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We were told we could hike and hire MTBs... but this place is like a ghost town off season. Even the cable car between Medeu and Shymbulak wasn't running. The taxi (about $10 each way) isn't half as exciting! Really disappointing- a missed opportunity. You can easily catch the bus from the ice rink to Almaty for almost nothing.

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Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Its on d hill. I went by car, but found out can be accessed by bicycle. Its beautiful. But crowded. However worth visisting. Since i like cold places, i loved it.

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Somerset West, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Its like being in Switzerland, except better. I would spend the rest of my days here. Very very affordable! The local people are very friendly!

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Shymbulak is a small but well equipped ski resort 1hr outside of Almaty main town. The ski school is very accommodating but the ski / locker / clothing rental and ski pass set up can be a little confusing but is VERY reasonable for prices. The resort has great bars and restaurants and there are approx a dozen good runs... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

You can hire a taxi for a cheap price to visit this resort. The drive to the resort has beautiful views and you pass by Medeu skating resort. With the exchange rate of Tenge, the resort is a big bargain. The service is good and on a Sunday it did not seem over-crowded like other resorts normally are. Be prepared... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Stunning scenary. well maintained ski lifts and equipment plus good restaurants and truly amazing way to spend a weekend in winter or days in Summer. beautiful days spent relaxing in the Mountains just 20 minutes outside the City of Almaty. Great facilities, stunning scenary and good services from Gondolas from Medeu Ice skating rink (also worth a visit or half... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

Good views over Almaty, and during the week not too crowded. The restaurants serve very nice shashlyk among other things, well worth a visit if you're in town. The cable car up also gives excellent views.

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