After Karakol, Orlovka is probably the second best ski resort in Kyrgyzstan based on the number of slopes and the quality of the infrastructure and slope preparation. It’s a 2 hour drive east from Bishkek, which means crowds are a bit smaller on weekends than at the nearby beginner slopes like Zil and Chunkurchak. In any case, you will get more options for a slightly lower price.
Snow cannons work to maintain the natural snow pack, necessary at Orlovka’s low altitude. Check out this professional video of the resort to get a quick view of the place.
Accommodation and food
The hotel on-site offers pricey overnight options (it’s Kyrgyzstan, but it’s also still winter sports) and cottages are also for rent to house bigger groups. Reviews of the restaurant are generally good, but you might be waiting for hours on a busy day. Wifi exists on-site but it’s not clear in how far you can actually connect to it.
We have a map with the exact location of all ski resorts in Central Asia if you are self-driving.
There is no public transport going directly to Orlovka. Orlovka has their own daily transfer you can book a space on. Otherwise, tour companies operate a ski taxi and equipment rental. We recommend Iron Horse Nomads and Nomad’s Land.