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Powder Paradise: Kyrgyzstan’s Hidden Ski Gems

Learn about all things skiing in Kyrgyzstan, winter pearl of the stans, in this Ryce Travel blog post!

Freeriding Jyrgalan, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s Ski Resorts

  • Karakol Ski Resort
  • Chunkurchak Ski Resort
  • Zil Ski Resort
  • Orlovka Ski Resort
  • Too Ashuu Ski Resort

Nestled in the heart of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a skiing adventure, but it’s a hidden gem for skiers and snowboarders seeking an exotic winter experience. In this article, we’ll explore all about skiing in Kyrgyzstan. First, we’ll take a look at the five ski resorts: Karakol Ski Resort, Chunkurchak Ski Resort, Zil Ski Resort, Orlovka Ski Resort, and Too Ashuu Ski Resort. Get ready to discover breathtaking landscapes, pristine powder, and a winter wonderland like no other!

Karakol Ski Resort

Located in the eastern part of Kyrgyzstan, Karakol Ski Resort is a true snow lover’s paradise. With an elevation gain of 3,060 meters, it offers an extensive range of slopes catering to all skill levels. The resort’s popularity is on the rise, thanks to its reliable snow conditions, picturesque mountain surroundings, and an impressive array of modern lifts. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Karakol promises an unforgettable skiing adventure.

Karakol Ski Resort

Chunkurchak Ski Resort

For those seeking a quieter and more serene ski experience, Chunkurchak Ski Resort is a hidden gem in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan Mountains. Located near the capital city of Bishkek, it boasts stunning views and a diverse terrain. The resort’s well-groomed slopes and moderate elevation gain of 1,700 meters make it an ideal destination for families and intermediate skiers.

Zil Ski Resort

Zil Ski Resort, situated in the Chuy Valley, is a relatively new addition to Kyrgyzstan’s ski scene. It might not be as famous as some other resorts, but it offers excellent skiing opportunities. With an elevation gain of 2,200 meters, it provides ample vertical drop and a range of challenging slopes for advanced skiers. The resort’s modern infrastructure and emerging popularity promise an exciting skiing adventure.

Orlovka Ski Resort

Orlovka Ski Resort, located in the Chong Kemin Valley, offers a unique blend of skiing and cultural experiences. It’s a favorite among those who want to immerse themselves in Kyrgyz traditions. While the elevation gain is more modest at 1,800 meters, the resort provides a peaceful escape with beautiful scenery, making it an excellent choice for beginners and those looking for a cultural twist to their winter vacation.

Too Ashuu Ski Resort

Situated in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan, Too Ashuu Ski Resort is known for its incredible snow conditions and high-altitude skiing. With an elevation gain of 3,500 meters, it ranks among the highest ski resorts globally, ensuring an extended skiing season. Advanced skiers and snowboarders will find challenging terrain and a pristine winter landscape to explore.

Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Freeride Wonders: Ski Touring, Freeriding, and Cat Skiing Adventures

Cat Skiing Jyrgalan, Kyrgyzstan

Ski Touring in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan, a hidden treasure for ski enthusiasts, offers more than just resort skiing. The enchanting village of Jyrgalan, nestled in the heart of the Tian Shan Mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan, is the perfect starting point for your ski touring adventure. The terrain in this region varies from gentle slopes to challenging couloirs, making it suitable for skiers of all levels. With elevations ranging from 2,200 meters to 3,000 meters, you can expect an elevation gain of up to 800 meters on some runs. Jyrgalan provides multiple-day possibilities, including cozy guesthouses for accommodation and experienced local guides to ensure you make the most of your skiing experience.

Freeride Adventures in the Alay Mountains

Venture to the southwestern part of Kyrgyzstan for off-the-beaten-path freeride adventures in the Alay Mountains. Jalpak Tash, located in the Alay Valley, is a prime spot for freeriding, offering thrilling descents amid towering peaks that reach elevations of up to 4,000 meters. The terrain here includes open bowls and steep chutes, catering to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Nearby, in the Terskey Ala-Too Range, Boz Urchuk boasts untouched slopes, with elevations ranging from 2,500 meters to 3,700 meters, providing an elevation gain of up to 1,200 meters. For an optimal experience, arrange multi-day trips with local guides who know the terrain intimately.

Cat Skiing in Remote Jalpak Tash and Suusamyr

Nestled within the Pamir-Alay Range, Jalpak Tash is a freerider’s paradise with elevations ranging from 3,000 meters to 4,200 meters, promising exceptional free skiing experiences. Enjoy untouched powder and challenging terrain while ski tour or splitboard to various peaks. Suusamyr, situated in the Suusamyr Valley, offers captivating cat skiing adventures. The terrain includes steep slopes and vast powder fields, making them ideal for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The operation is put on hold in 2020 unfortunately, hopefully if will resume soon. However, one of the most beautiful areas to cat ski, is the Jyrgalan valley,¬† one of the most unspoilt areas of Kyrgyzstan with demanding terrain and views of Kazakhstan. The runs are suited for intermediate as well as more experienced freeriders, since the mountains consist of gentle slopes and more demanding, higher terrain.

When planning your trip to these remote areas, ensure you have all the necessary supplies, including avalanche gear and emergency essentials, as they are less developed for tourists.

Ryce Travel in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is one of the most beautiful places on earth. And, it is the place where it all started for us. In Kyrgyzstan, we offer different types of ski trips for all different types of skiers. Take a look at our Destination Kyrgyzstan page for all of our trips! Book your Ski Safari Kyrgyzstan, Ski Adventure Kyrgyzstan, Cat Ski Kyrgyzstan or Backcountry Freeride Kyrgyzstan now!