Too Ashuu is arguably the most beautiful ski resort in Kyrgyzstan: the panoramic views are spectacular, and the sun hits your face the whole day long, since you are skiing on south-facing slopes (lack of snow is never an issue here). About 130 km south of Bishkek, Too Ashuu is located in the Suusamyr valley and offers 2 lifts and 3 slopes. Too bad there aren’t more slopes on offer, since many similar options exist closer to Bishkek, and just for the scenery many people don’t bother driving an extra 80 km for.
But, if you are experienced, it’s a great base to start ski touring the surrounding slopes: with the Suusamyr lodge nearby you can even devise a route between the two of them. The backcountry potential is nearly unlimited and the powder is as good as it gets.
Heliskiing also happens on Too-Ashuu – you need to contact a specialised operator or check the Too Ashuu website for more on that. You can also rent a parachute for a bit of speed riding.
Food and accommodation
Cute cottages with 2, 4 or 6 beds are on site for a warm and comfortable sleep. There is also a “kafeshka” serving standard Kyrgyz fare.
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 Too Ashuu. We recommend the ski taxi – they also have a Swiss quality store of ski equipment for rent.