Ak-Bulak Ski Resort
Guided Freeride Tour


Duration: 1 day
Season: December – February
Mountain Range: Ile Alatau

About tour:

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. Steep gradients, wide slopes and narrow couloirs, coniferous forest, drops and lines of descent for every taste.


– taking the best freeride adventure without crowds and queues near the ski-lift

– enjoying panoramic view of Issyk-Bash peak with height of 3917 meters from observation view point

– chance to see the bearded vulture

– the majectic bird fo prey

– communication with local riders and ski patrol staff


from 66$ per person


10 people

Number of persons:


Zailiyskiy Alatau


December – February

The highest point:

2700 m.a.s.l.


1 day

Ability level:

intermediate, advanced/expert

Start point:



Almaty city – Talgar town – Ryskulovo settlement – Ak-Bulak ski resort


Departure from Almaty at 08:00. Arrival on the territory of ski resort Ak-Bulak at approx. 09:30. Preparations and instructions from the guide.

At 10:00 – ascent by gondola cable car to the slope with altitude 2006 m a.s.l. Then chairlift will deliver you further to the highest point of resort with “black slopes” only. Slope gradient in this zone is from 25 to 45 degrees. Parts of descent pass both in open spaces and in the treeline, among the Tien-Shan firs with lots of drops. A huge mass of white fluffy snow and amazing panorama of surrounding high rocky mountains will leave the brightest impression.

Skiing on the “black slopes” of the resort with a guide until 13:30. The guide knows the resort “like the palm on his hand” and will show you the most interesting places, hidden from the majority of riders. Riding will be fun, intense and full of adventures – you will not even notice how fast time is running.

A picnic lunch will be arranged on the benches at the observation ground until 14:30. You will have a rest, take a sunbath and admire views of the big mountains located nearby, and perhaps, even see a huge and beautiful prey bird – bearded vulture.

After lunch you will shred again with new portion of energy until 16:00, and then will ski down to the parking. Packing stuff and departure to Almaty. Arrival to Almaty at about 19:00.

Upon your wish we can arrange evening traditional aka saka bath-house in the mountain area nearby resort (optionally, extra charge) with aroma and heating procedures, cooling down in the font or river and drinking tea with herbs and honey.

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Required clothing and equipment

– avalanche equipment (air bag system and avalanche safety kit: shovel, probe, transciever)
– freeride backpack with ski/snowboard fixation (volume 25-40 liters)
– helmet
– goggles with a spare lens for foggy conditions (better to have 2 goggles)

Personal clothing and accessories:
– comfortable functional clothing for riding downhill and short hikes uphill (base layer: thermal underwear, membrane jacket and pants, fleece jacket, additional layers of clothing for insulation, downy sweater or vest)
– gloves or mittens
– warm hat, neck gaiter
– sunscreen
– sunglasses
– personal AID kit (adhesive plaster, emergency thermal blanket, individual medications)
– repair kit (spare parts and tools for adjustment and repair your bindings,duct tape, rubber straps)
– thermos
– water tank

– ski/snowboard boots
– proper freeride skis/snowboard
– ski poles

– individual snacks for the route (energy and protein bars, muesli, dry fruits and nuts, special mount nutrition)

Services included in the package:

1. Services of English-speaking skiing guide
2. Transfer Almaty – Ak-Bulak Ski Resort – Almaty
3. Daily ski-pass at the ski resort
4. Lunch snack (sandwich with tuna/chicken/cheese/vegetables, apple, chocolate bar), herb tea, honey
5. Bottled water (1 l)

Services does not included in the package:

1. Rental of ski/snowboard and avalanche equipment (rental is possible upon request)
2. Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
3. Accommodation in Almaty before or after the tour
4. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required
5. Insurance policy

Please, note:

Depending on weather, temperature and snow conditions, the guide can make adjustments to the program.

It is required to have travel insurance covering freeride, alpine touring and backcountry in the remote mountain area, including rescue by helicopter.

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