Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

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Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

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I'm planning on take a trip this December/January to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and I'd like to get some skiing done (though it would not be a ski trip and I would use rental equiptment). I'm not a big fan of organized tours nor do I have the money for stuff like backcountry or heliskiing, so I was wondering about DIY skiing.

It seems that at least in Kazakhstan you have very big resorts with fairly modern looking (from pictures) facilities that are within a day's drive of Almaty so that's fine, though if anyone has any recommendations for a good place and a cheap way to get there I'm all ears. I'd likely be spending 2/3 days if the trail maps I've seen online are accurate.

What I'm more concerned about is Kyrgyzstan. There are a number of ski resorts listed on Wikipedia and elsewhere as being in the country, but are these places where I could rent skis / stay the night? Any idea on the best way to reach these from Bishkek or Karakol?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi,

skiing in Almaty is very easy, you can just take the bus to the ski resort from the City centre. http://city.caravanistan.com/almaty/skiing/

For Kyrgyzstan: in Karakol ski rent is not a problem, and there are lots of homestays. Still Need to write an article about it, tho, but rest assured that there is also a ski industry. DIY ski touring in KG is another option, see http://caravanistan.com/trip-reports/sk ... g-karakol/
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Re: Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

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Thanks, I knew Kazakhstan would be fairly straightforward so I'll just try to figure Kyrgyzstan out
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To expand on Steven's answer:

Karakol is meant to be the nicest, though definitely not the cheapest, of the Kyrgyz options. There is accommodation at the ski resort, or you can stay in town and arrange a car to take you up and back each day.

Closer to Bishkek, these seem to be the top three: Too-Ashuu, ZiL, and Orlovka. I know the first two offer accommodation and equipment rental, and I believe Orlovka does but I don't know for sure. The sticking point is public transport, which basically doesn't exist to get to them directly. You can hire a taxi or car (I know http://ihn.kg/I offers trips out there), and the Trekking Union http://www.tuk.kg/index.php?lang=english runs excursions to all three at various times that you could tag along on as well.
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