Resort technical characteristics:
• Distance from Almatу – 30 км;
• Plateau length – 3800 meters;
• Width – from 100 to 600 meters;
• Ski zone – 2260-3163 meters;
• Height difference – 943 meters;
• Average slopes steepness – 12-28 degrees;
• Maximum slope steepness – 45 degrees;
• Total length of the slopes – 25 km.
• Average duration of the skiing season – December – March;
Mountain resort “Shymbulak” is located in famous Small Almaty gorge of Trans-Ili Alatau mountains in Kok Ashyk tract at an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, 30 minutes drive from center of Almaty. The resort was founded in 1954. Since mid-1950s, Shymbulak served as training base for Soviet skiers, the USSR and Kazakhstan championships were held on its slopes. Every year in the beginning of February skiers competed for “Alexandra Artemenko Prize”, 11-time champion of the USSR, master of sports, participant of the Olympic Games 1956.
During preparation for 2011 Winter Asian Games, much work was done for reconstruction of ski resort, freestyle park Quiksilver Chimba was opened, new cableway from Medeu sport complex to Shymbulak with 4.5 km length was built. In 2012, another cable car “Left Talgar” was launched, perfectly suitable for beginners. In February 2017, international sport event – the 28th World Winter Universiade happened and competitions in such disciplines as alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding were held on the territory of resort. In 2013, the Russian “Forbes” included Shymbulak in the top ten visa-free ski resorts for Russians. On the ski slopes there is the system of snow cannons, which allow to start the season earlier and extend it until April, and sometimes even till May. Ski slopes of Shymbulak are certified by International Ski Federation (FIS) and its downhill and giant slalom tracks are listed among the top ten toughest trails in the world.
The average air temperature in summer is +20 C, in winter -7 C, snow pack is up to 150 cm, about 300 sunny days a year. Here everyone will find suitable slopes for themselves, from perfectly groomed slopes with different steepness gradient to unprepared black slopes with interesting terrain, bumps and drops. For those who want to try something new, a freestyle park is equipped on one of the slopes with various figures, jumps, rails and even airbags, park is opened during all season, where the local riders improving their skills and get to the new level of skiing and snowboarding.
For visitors pleasure resort offers wide range of services and entertainments: gondola cablecars, chairlifts, transport services, hotel, chalet, ski and snowboard school, ski equipment rental and repair center, sport gear shops, restaurants, bars, summer terraces, children’s playground, tubing, horse-riding, paragliding, entertainment and competitions for children. Shymbulak is one of the main sites of Almaty city, where everyone can find something special and enjoy the atmosphere, comfort and modest luxury of one of the best ski resorts in the CIS.