Suusamyr is freerider heaven. Almost 1000 square kilometers of virgin slopes, drops of more than 1 km and powder depth that easily reaches up to 1,5m make Suusamyr one of the top spots for backcountry skiing in Kyrgyzstan.
The Suusamyr valley bottoms out at 2200 to 2500m and is surrounded by the mountains of the Kyrgyz Suusamyr Too range. The dryness of the extreme continental climate combined with low temperatures forms exceptionally dry powder. During the day, intense solar radiation smoothes severe frosts.
The champagne powder is formed due to the cool climate, so be prepared: -20°C is the usual daytime temperature. At night, the thermometer often falls to -35°C. Backcountry season starts in December and peaks between February and March, with decent shredding possible until mid-April. In late April, there is still a lot of snow, but as a result of warmer temps during the day, a hard crust develops, making both going up and coming down a job rather than a delight.
Accommodation and food
The place to be should be the Suusamyr lodge.
Sadly, Suusamyr lodge owner Aziyat has been described to us several times as a total dick. Part of Kyrgyzstan’s princelings, he has lots of toys to play with but a dangerous lack of safety awareness. He has been known to cause avalanches and abandon his clients. In general, the nice atmosphere of other ski places in Kyrgyzstan is missing completely.