• AUTHENTIC FREERIDE EXPERIENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    lift-assisted / sidecountry / backcountry / ski-mo / heli-ski / expeditions

  • AUTHENTIC FREERIDE EXPERIENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    lift-assisted / sidecountry / backcountry / ski-mo / heli-ski / expeditions

  • AUTHENTIC FREERIDE EXPERIENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    lift-assisted / sidecountry / backcountry / ski-mo / heli-ski / expeditions

  • AUTHENTIC FREERIDE EXPERIENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    lift-assisted / sidecountry / backcountry / ski-mo / heli-ski / expeditions

  • AUTHENTIC FREERIDE EXPERIENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    lift-assisted / sidecountry / backcountry / ski-mo / heli-ski / expeditions

  • AUTHENTIC FREERIDE EXPERIENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN

    lift-assisted / sidecountry / backcountry / ski-mo / heli-ski / expeditions

FREERIDE TOURS

Hut-based Backcountry in Ketmen

Duration: 5 days

Season: December – March

Shymbulak Yurt Lodge Backcountry Adventure

Duration: 3 days

Season: mid April – mid June

You will feel the spiritual power of ancient nomads when find yourself in traditional Kazakh yurt, surrounded by huge impressive glaciers with panoramic view to Almaty city. You will be besotted by their fresh breath and charmed by stern sharpen character of pointed rocky peaks…

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Ak-Bulak Ski Resort Guided Freeride Tour

Duration: 1 day

Season: December – February

One-day trip near Almaty to one of the best lift-assisted freeride spots. Best off-piste playground for experienced riders, and if you’re lucky enough to catch a day after snowfall, you will have all chances to get the best day in your skiing/snowboarding season…

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Cosmic Station Backcountry Adventure

Duration: 3 days

Season: March – May

 Backcountry in Kotyrbulak gorge

Duration: 1 day

Season: December – March

A distinctive feature of backcountry in Almaty is the close proximity to the mountains and a large selection of backcountry routes, which are good enough for both, beginners and hard-tempered freeriders. Kotyrbulak gorge is one of such amazingly beautiful places, where the Pioneer ski resort is located. It will be the start point of the route with the view to Bukreev peak 3000 meters high so far.

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Tuyuk-Su Backcountry Adventure

Duration: 5 days

Season: mid April – mid June

Paradise for backcountry lovers and ski mountaineers with huge variety of exciting lines from the summits over 4000 meters. In addition to the wildest atmosphere that you will feel here, you will also touch the history. Base camp at an altitude of 3450 meters is located nearby one of the oldest scientific glaciological stations…

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FREERIDE ADVENTURES

Lift-assisted

Ski resorts near Almaty city offer a wide variety of services, from high European standards with modern cable cars and luxury restaurants to small family ski centers with soviet drag-lifts, uncleaned roads and old school atmosphere. 

Sidecountry

Enjoy the funnest riding off-piste in tree line and highland zones in close proximity to the ski resorts. Short climbs on skis with combination of hiking and you will find yourself standing over a smooth untouched slope with shining fluffy snow. 

Backcountry

There are lots of wild, less-visited, and sometimes completely unexplored gorges and peaks in Almaty region, so everyone who goes to explore them feels like a real discoverer. Living in kazakh yurt or mountain hut and acquaintance with local culture of nomads.

Ski-mo

Almaty mountains offer ample space for realization of your most ambitious ski-mountaineering plans. Many peaks and couloirs are still non-skied, and you can become the first, who will ride them and make a daring line that will remain in the history of the region. 

Heli-ski

If you are an experienced freerider, want to see Almaty mountains from a bird’s eye view and test yourself at an altitude over 4,000 meters, then this adventure is special for you. Wild terrain, untouched snow, launch by helicopter and ocean of brightest emotions with each descent.

Expeditions

Choose any point on the map of Almaty mountains, take your backpack and skis and travel with us to the most remote corners. The simplest way of life, living in a tent camp, bath on the bank of the river, mighty white mountains around, traces of wild animals. 

FREERIDE SPOTS

KOK ZHAILYAU PLATEAU

Mountain range: Zailiyskiy Alatau

Season: December – March

Elevations: 1700 – 3200 meters

Highest point: Kumbel peak
(3200 m)

KETMEN RIDGE

Mountain range: Ile Alatau

Season: December – March

Elevations: 2200 – 3200 meters

Highest point: Heaven peak
(3650 m)

Remote from the popular locations of Almaty, a unique region in the east of Ile Alatau, impresses with its wildness and variety of gorges with interesting landscapes. Coniferous forests with wide snowy glades, cascades of frozen waterfalls, and narrow steep couloirs between the rocks fit here. Freerider’s skis or snowboard rarely left print on the snowy slopes of the region.

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KARASH RIDGE

Mountain range: Ile Alatau

Season: December – March

Elevations: 1800 – 3200 meters

Highest point: Bahtiyar peak (3339 m)

Located in Turgen Valley, it’s perfect for freeride and has it’s all: tree riding, nice touring terrain, no people, a lot of snow and spirit of nomadic lifestyle. Only here you can get unforgettable authentic experience of living in the kazakh yurt among the wilderness, watch the starry sky and enjoy the voices of nature.

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CIRQUE OF TUYUK-SU GLACIER

Mountain range: Ile Alatau

Season: mid April – mid June

Elevations: 3400 – 4400 meters

Highest point: Ordzhonikidze (4410 m)

CIRQUE OF BOGDANOVICH GLACIER

Mountain range: Ile Alatau

Season: mid April – mid June

Elevations: 3200 – 4300 meters

Highest point: Nursultan peak (4376 m)

Due to the close proximity to Shymbulak mountain resort and easy accessibility from the city, it attracted many skiers in Soviet times. Later on it was even a place for organizing freeride festivals and camps. One of the most popular routes is the backcountry to Karly-tau peak, whose snow cap is perfectly visible from the city. The base camp is usually located on Talgar pass with accommodation in the yurt. 

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BIG ALMATY GORGE

Mountain range: Ile Alatau

Season: March – May

Elevations: 3300 – 4300 meters

Highest point: Satpaev (Soviet) peak (4317 m)

Super convenient location, because you can get to the base camp by car. It is also a favorite place for local freeride lovers, who manage to drive here early in the morning before the dawn in spring and summer time, climb and ride Tourist Peak, drink a cup of coffee and to be on time at the office. Another research base is located here – Tien-Shan scientific station of cosmic rays and high energies, so you will be welcome to learn more about it and even walk on it’s territory. 

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FREERIDE GUIDES

Alexandr Zadneprovskiy (Matrosov)

His smile could melt a radiator…

Riding experience: 30 years

Rank: Student of KMGA guiding school

Merits: participant and prize-winner of freeride non-proffessional competitions in Kazakhstan and Russia, completed three courses in Russian school of ski technique ipmroving and one course of avalance safety in Kazakhstan, member of ski-mo expeditions in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 

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Daria Ponomaryova

Crazy adventurer in all of time and space…

Riding experience: 12 years

Rank: Aspirant skiing guide of KMGA guiding school

Merits: participant and prize-winner of freeride non-proffessional competitions in Kazakhstan and Russia, completed three courses in Russian school of ski technique ipmroving and one course of avalance safety in Kazakhstan, member of ski-mo expeditions in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, guiding in one of leading tour operating companies in Kazakhstan for 4 years, adventure outdoor projects developer. 

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REVIEWS

Chris Winters, USA
February 2019

Freeride at Ak-Bulak and Shymbulak ski resorts ans ski-touring in Karash ridge

 

 

 

Mica Mish, Hong Kong
March 2019

Ski-touring to Bogdanovich glacier

 

 

Rutger, Netherlands
March 2020

Ski-touring in Kimasar gorge and freeride at Shymbulak ski resort

 

Youngjun Han, South Korea
January 2019

Freeride at Ak-Bulak ski resort ans ski-touring in Kotryrbulak gorge

 


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