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“Great skiing, poor service”

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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Stockholm, Sweden
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great skiing, poor service”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

This ski resort just 20 minutes from Almaty has great slopes and good vertical drop (approx. 2200 - 3200m), even if the overall area is not very large. If you are up a morning after a decent snow fall the powder skiing can be exceptional, also compared with the Alps or North America. However the service levels are poor, especially the waiting time to buy a ski pass is ridiculous (same for 2012/2013 as well as for this 2013/2014 season). The queuing and slow handling by unexperienced staff can make you change your mind and not go skiing...

Visited January 2014
4 Thank alwaysexploring110
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome nature Colosseum by the City”
Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

It is amazing how quick it is to reach. Rather small resort but well maintained. In summer good to start hiking tours from either of the stations. So check it out.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Torsten T
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“amazing for hiking”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This place is amazing for hiking. Make sure to leave early in the morning from Almaty because otherwise you will be stuck in a way overpriced hotel. Hiken is an easy to find route to to the meteo station or onwards op to the lake. Guide is not needed an camping is free of charge,

Visited October 2013
2 Thank klavertje123
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Greenville, South Carolina
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719 reviews
188 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“An interesting place to spend a Saturday for lunch”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We took the cable car up to the restaurant. The views are amazing and so was the experience at the first stop where we ate a traditional lunch. Live music, great food and interesting things like having your picture taken with a Golden Eagle.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank krandy21784
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A must for visitors to Almaty”
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
Thank Stacy28970
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