Pioneer is a family-friendly ski resort located near the town of Besqaynar in the Almaty region. This ski resort has 2 slopes to learn to ski and snowboard, as well as hills for sledding and tubing. It’s really a place for families with young children. It has been in use since Soviet times and used to be called Almatau, but has recently renovated and rebranded itself to Pioneer.
The lovely Soviet atmosphere still lingers in the low prices and the more democratic demographic of the visitors, as opposed to the well-fed upper-middle class at nearby Lesnaya Skazka. A small hotel with 12 rooms in surprisingly modern Scandinavian style stands above the slope. Ski rental and teachers are available. Foodwise, there is a coffee shop with snacks and a shashlik guy for those not staying at the hotel.