Karakol Skiing Area, the best from Central-Asia!
With the skiing area being the highest, with the most kilometers and is also not the most expensive, we can safely say that the Karakol skiing area is the best area for winter sports in Central-Asia. On top of that, it is an area with something in it for everyone.
In a nutshell
- 20 kilometres of ski slope
- 5 ski-tows
- 1 funpark
- Karakol Skiing Area is on an altitude between 2400 and 3000 meters
- The ski-tows are opened from 10:00 till 16:00
- The winter sports season is from November till April
- Fun fact: In the days of the Soviet era, Olympic skiers came to train here.
Karakol Skiing Area
Both beginning winter sports enthusiasts and experienced enthusiasts will find something here to their liking: there are blue, red and black pistes and a whole further valley with many trees to make your own tracks. For the freeriders among us: the area has tons of off-ski-slope potential. And there is even a small funpark.
Sometimes freeriders are a bit lazy: for a negotiable, but negligible amount you can get to the top of the ski area with a snowmobile. After, you can go all the way down from about 3450 meters.
The snow in the Karakol Skiing Area is in huge amounts and of exceptional quality due to Lake Issyk Kul (which provides a sort of microclimate). On nice days you can ski in lush, meters high, slightly dry powdered snow. Champagne powder, we call it :)! The ski slopes offer an impressive view over Lake Issyk Kul with behind even more mountains a>.
It can get quite busy during school holidays and weekends. Outside free days however, you seem to have the area all to yourself. The area is easily accessible by ski bus or taxi. If you have your own transport, be sure to get something that can drive off-road, as the roads get quite bumpy.