Shymbulak Mountain Resort kicks off night ski season (video)

NUR-SULTAN – The opening ceremony of a new night skiing season from the Talgar Pass took place at the Shymbulak Mountain Resort in Almaty on November 27, the resort’s press service reported.

Shymbulak is the largest ski resort in Central Asia. Photo credit: Shymbulak Mountain Resort Instagram account

Shymbulak Mountain Resort, located in the scenic Trans-Ili Alatau Gorge, was established in 1954. Since the mid-1950s, Shymbulak has been the training base for Soviet skiers and hosted championships in the USSR and Kazakhstan. It takes 15 minutes to get to the resort from Almaty town.

It is a favorite destination not only among Kazakh and Russian tourists, but also among guests from abroad as a year-round active vacation spot with developed infrastructure, good service and acceptable prices. Shymbulak ranked first on Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) best ski resorts list in 2020.

The ceremony included the cutting of the red ribbon and the first mass ski descent from a height of 3,200 meters.

The hill station is in the process of becoming the owner of the world’s tallest illuminated road, with a length of 3,640 meters. The administration submitted the request to Guinness World Records for confirmation of the data.

Night skiing takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


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