Another resort in the Kashka-Suu valley close to Bishkek, Oruu-Sai is marked by difficult slopes for advanced skiers and boarders. There is little infrastructure on-site to make you cheerful outside of the 3 surface lifts – you come for the sports. If the powder is fresh, there is some sweet riding here. With prices hovering around 500 som and less people venturing here, it makes for a quiet day out.
The slopes are not all neatly groomed, and the surface lifts are very difficult, even dangerous when you fly off-piste directly on the car road; so once again, it’s definitely not for beginners. See our overview for other resorts in the neighbourhood that make a better entry into the world of Kyrgyz skiing.
Check out a photo report of the place.
Accommodation and food
There are 2 hotels at Oruu-Sai. One seems decent, with all the standard amenities in the room, like a fridge and tv, a sauna and a restaurant. The nearby Ak Tash seems to get better reviews, but we cannot recommend one over the other for sure. The other hotel at Oruu-Sai is called Shack: don’t expect too much. There is also a cafe, but the wisest of journeyers bring sandwiches and a thermos.
How to get there
If you are driving yourself: we have a map with the exact location of all ski resorts in Central Asia. A 4WD with snow chains is definitely preferred for the last stretch up.
There is no public transport going to Oruu Sai. We recommend the Nomad’s Land ski taxi – they also have a Swiss quality store of ski equipment for rent.