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Address: Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: +7 727 330 8500
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

“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

- Quantity of sunny days in




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Great even for non-ski / in summer

Went in Sep Donnie snow/skiing but had an amazing time The cable car ride is beautiful and pretty surreal as you go from plains to ice capped peaks in 30 min I walked up the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 3, 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Went in Sep Donnie snow/skiing but had an amazing time The cable car ride is beautiful and pretty surreal as you go from plains to ice capped peaks in 30 min I walked up the barren hill (tool about 2 hours) and it offered sensational views of the Central Asian steppe

Thank Chopdizzle
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Shymbulak is a popular place to launch off on several hikes. Easily accessible from Almaty (bus, taxi, uber, private hire) it is a great little spot in the summer. You either have to take the cable car, or the eco-taxi/ eco bus to get to the resort. This makes the spot really quiet. Recommend doing a hike from this location,... More 

Thank anderezd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

I really enjoyed few days spent in Shymbulak, KZ. I could reccomend this resort to every one. Prices are quite good in comparison with Europe. Resort is clean, quite new and I enjoyed it there. Reccomended.

Thank Jiri F
Raipur, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

This is the best place I have ever been in Almaty there are three stages to reach upto the highest Bar in Almaty which is located in the tip of the mountain . It was 5 degree Celsius now .. awesome scenic beauty of mountain .

Thank akshaymay2981
Attard, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We went yesterday and it was abit cloudy and as we got to the first stage it was so foggy that we were not going to the very top, thanks to a lady that showed us the webcam at the very top of the mountain and it was sunny! We took the gondola till the very top (combi 2) and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We caught the #12 bus up to the ice rink. The bus was very full, and it was worth getting on before the often publicised stop outside the Kazakhstan hotel on Dostyk Avenue (that is just around the corner). The bus stop to get off for the cable cars is a few hundred yards short of the ice rink -... More 

Thank PaulandJenn
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Very quiet,peaceful and beautiful place.Kinda bit expensive for nothing.there is many restaurants nd cafe but prices are high so if u get cold better bring food nd tea with urself.in summer its nt much interesting better to visit in winter.

Thank Gulim A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Hi everyone. Im from turkey. And this place is the most usefull place I have ever seen. Cafes and restaurant were very smart and near the ski-run. And also there were an hotel middle of the ski-run. Every part of there, Ideal for all new and professional skiers. It was beatiful..

Thank Blg S
Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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

Thank francis1952
Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank JaRule1982

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