The Oruu-Sai gorge 40 km southeast of Bishkek boasts 2 ski resorts: the eponymous Oruu-Sai and Ak Tash. Besides these 2, Polytech, Kashka-Suu, Kolgookar and Edelweiss are other ski bases that are close.
From all of the above, Ak Tash might just hold the best cards as a base for an independent midweek ski adventure. It’s located in a pretty valley that blossoms in winter with springs, waterfalls, little mountain rivers and juniper forests. There is no snow cat and only 2 surface lifts, but northern exposure and a base height of 2100 meters means fresh snow is more likely on Ak Tash than on other ski resorts in the area.
It’s quiet, prices are low, and the ski hotel offers decent accommodation at affordable prices, so you can explore the surrounding valleys in the course of a few days.
There is little for real beginners on Ak Tash, the slopes are on the other hand well suited to the intermediate skier. Access to the backcountry is convenient and safe, and there is a lot to rejoice for advanced skiers who prefer to explore off piste. The juniper thickets deserve a special mention.
Bed, shower, toilet, hot water, sauna, restaurant. Also, karaoke. Ak Tash has room for 28: 2 simple rooms, 4 junior suites, 2 suites and 1 ‘lyux’. The hotel also organises excursions on horseback in case you are traveling with non-skiers.
How to get there
If you are driving yourself: we have a map with the exact location of all ski resorts in Central Asia.
There is no public transport going to Ak Tash. We recommend the Nomad’s Land ski taxi – they also have a Swiss quality store of ski equipment for rent. Possibly Iron Horse Nomads can help you out too.