Tau Turan is another place to learn how to ski close to Almaty. Lower prices than elsewhere combined with proximity to Almaty means this is probably the best deal for a day of instruction for kids or adults. Tau Turan also organises transport from the center of Almaty, a plus if you don’t have a car.
There is just 1 slope, 800m long. Mostly for beginners, but it’s not entirely boring for those looking to trick or jump the fence. If you are already a pretty good skier or boarder and like a bit out-of-bounds tree slalom, Tau Turan offers lovely opportunities without the need for hiking through the snow. For such a tiny lift, you can cover a decent amount of off-piste powder through steep apple orchards.
There is little in the way of food save a guy grilling shashlik, but it makes for a cosy atmosphere of real people just hanging out, sandwiches and tea thermoses. A far cry from the snobbery one can witness on Shymbulak.
Almaty outdoor guru Gabchenko has a review with pictures on his website you can browse to get a feel for the place, meanwhile brushing up on your Russian ski slang.