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“A must for visitors to Almaty” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shymbulak Ski Resort

Shymbulak Ski Resort
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: “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
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A must for visitors to Almaty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Catch a gypsy cab up to Medeu and buy a ticket for the whole way up to the Talgar glacier. Stunning. Have someone take a photo of you with a golden eagle on your arm!

Visited July 2013
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not during the ski-ing season obviously!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

It's very civilised, whether you make the challenging and entertaining drive up there, or take the awesome cable car, when you get to the top there's something for everyone, not to mention the views!

Visited August 2013
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Switzerland
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229 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Lovely place for Alps fanatics”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

It is amazing to find an Alps like ski resort so far away from Europe. Lovely area, they just build a french gondola ski lift which goes from Medeu skating ring to the top of the slopes above Chembulak. Simply amazing must be the longest gondola trip I have ever seen.
Highly recommend

Visited August 2013
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Yellow strick on the red slope”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

A. Affordable B. acceable C. achievable! A)Price varies on weekdays and weekends. So better go on days rather than ends! Less people double less price whereas more fun and more safety. Safety is the weakest link in Chimbulak which conditioned by some steep slops and low responsibility of the local skiers. B) Option of the getting place by car or funicular makes you choose when to wake up. Early birds could find parking easily in two minutes walk from the first cable car. Others leave the cars in the down parking lot. C) Beginners may feel yourself confident on the "Professor's slop" and move to the higher level to have a yellow strick on the red or yellow traces.

Visited February 2013
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“You have to see it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's very popular ski resort among Kazakh and Russia citizens. Very beatiful mountains and modern lifts brings You unfogettable emotions. Rent a ski or board and take your ride down the hills. Several sloopes with different skills level. Also You can find ski instructors that will help You to start skiing. Skiing season from November to May. Also several restaurants and cafe on the hill with traditional and European foods. Visit this winderfull place if You are in Almaty or nearby and have fun! You can find one more ski resort 30 km away from Almaty. Its Ak-bulak with the blackest sloope in Kazakhstan!

Visited February 2013
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