Lesnaya Skazka (Forest Fairytale) is what Tabagan used to be before the service went Soviet. A family resort 40 minutes out of Almaty, offering wholesome outdoor adventures for the whole family or corporate team. There’s paintball, climbing, horse riding, ice skating and the like, but we’ll focus on the skiing here.
The lovely nature of the Oi-Karagai gorge, together with the high quality of accommodation and services, makes this place a winner. The slope is really just for kids and other beginners. If you are a freerider, you can still use Lesnaya Skazka as a springboard to the backcountry.
Besides decent accommodation there’s good Georgian food as well. Major drawback: it’s not for people on a budget. Find all practical info on their website.
To get there, check the location on our Central Asia ski resort map.