Together with Maksat Aitkulov we have opened a Ski rental shop in the city center of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. Together with his local team, Maksat have built a beautiful ski rent. We have supported by gathering second hand equipment from ski shops in The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Austria.
Ski rent Karakol
In 2012 our director Peter Hofman met with Maksat Aitkulov during a roadtrip to Kyrgyzstan. As an educated mountain guide, Maksat wanted to open a high quality ski rent in the city center of the town Karakol. He used to have a small ski rental but this equipment was outdated and moreover not safe to rent anymore. Ryce Travel gathered skis, snowboards, shoes and sticks for the shop. Every year we try to improve the quality of the ski rent a little bit. We are now focussing on safety equipment and freeride equipment.
Together with Maksat we try to improve the standards. Jan Willem van Dijken of Herqua Sports in Hoogeveen, The Nehterlands explained how to do maintenance on the skis for example. Maksat came to Europe for an exchange program to see the ski opportunities.
Nowadays they can do better maintenance of skis and snowboards in Karakol. Ryce Travel also sent professional sharpeners and wax. Last season they ran out of wax and they found an interesting solution: suet. So they still need some help sometimes but they are definitely improving.
To make to wonderful ski sports accessible to local people, we have also opened a second ski rent in 2016. The equipment is a bit older and much cheaper. The local skischool can rent equipment for free so locals can learn skiing too. It gives huge satisfaction to see the ski facilities improving every year.0