Located 40 km out of Bishkek, close to the more popular Zil ski resort, lies Norus. With 2 lifts and 3 kilometers of slopes of easy/medium difficulty, it is suited to absolute beginners, or those who learned to ski at Zil and are ready for the next step. Advanced skiers will get bored quickly here. Pluses at Norus are the smaller crowds and lower prices versus Zil.
There is potential for decent backcountry skiing for those willing to climb another 1000m to the top of the resort at 3050m. Usually, this summit is accessed by helicopter, from where a dizzying 1200m descent follows.
A hotel and restaurant are attached to the resort. They appear to be of decent quality.
How to get there
If you are driving yourself: we have a map with the exact location of all ski resorts in Central Asia. There is no public transport going to Norus. We recommend the Nomad’s Land ski taxi – they also have a Swiss quality store of ski equipment for rent. Possibly Iron Horse Nomads can help you out too.