40 km out of Bishkek, this accessible ski base is ideal for kids and beginners. Excellent slopes to learn how to ski and instructors are on standby if you need one. If you know how to ski, you will get easily bored here, though. There are no options for advanced riders. You can rent equipment on site but in Bishkek you can get it at half price.
Prices are reasonable, lift lines could get annoying on weekends but slopes are wide enough to accommodate a big number of the dangerously awkward. Tubes and sleds available for kids who want to go down the sledding hill.
Bring your own lunch – the cafe offers tea and cakes but no full meals. Should you, for some strange reason, want to stay overnight at Zil, cheap rooms for rent are available.
To get to Zil from Bishkek by yourself, here’s a good route description. Or, you can have a look at our map with the exact location of all ski resorts in Central Asia.
There is no public transport going to Zil. Tour companies operate a ski taxi and equipment rental. We recommend Iron Horse Nomads and Nomad’s Land. Both very reliable companies with excellent track records catering to all types of travelers. Prices are very similar: the difference will depend on the number of passengers and the current exchange rate of the Kyrgyz som.
Zil itself also drives a van to and from Bishkek on appointment.