It is a very Soviet affair in Kashka Suu: 2 creaking ski lifts an hour’s drive from Bishkek, dragging skiers up since time immemorial. But this is the second-biggest ski resort in Kyrgyzstan measured in piste kilometers and should not be discounted. There are 5 good slopes, something for beginners and advanced skiers alike. There is some off-piste potential, but not as much as in nearby bases.
Almost all of the runs are served by an ancient, slow, two-seat chairlift. But the hill is laid out so that you can reach a big variety of runs from that one lift: some modest steeps, groomers, and lots of tree runs. There is a separate surface lift that charges an extra 100 som for the day. There’s a skating rink as well.
As we said before, it is Soviet-y. This means: ski rental has equipment that was already in use in the heady Brezhnev days, and the cafe is not a highlight either. Biggest minus is the slope quality. Only go when there has been enough snow. Rocks and other things popping up from the ground are a frequent complaint in times when the snow cover is thin.
The town of Kashka Suu has homestays on offer, and there are 2 hotels near the lifts. Cannot comment on which is better or worse, but Kashka Suu might also make a good base for those interested in exploring the other ski areas nearby.
We have a map with the exact location of all ski resorts in Central Asia in case you are self-driving.
If you are without your own transport, you can hop in the minibus of Kashka-Suu resort itself on weekends – see their website for details. Another option is the ski taxi. Regular taxi drivers might have a hard time getting up to the base, it’s a 4WD road in winter.