Elik-Sai Ski Center

Guided Freeride Tour


Duration: 1 day
Season: December – March
Mountain Range: IleAlatau

About tour:

Elik-Sai ski center is an ideal place for those who love shredding among the trees in deep pow and appreciate an authentic atmosphere of small family resort. It doesn’t have modern cable cars and chair lifts, luxury restaurants and 5 star hotels, it’s ski slopes are never groomed and an auto road is not cleaned properly. Your heart will be won after you meet hosts of this amazing place, see the live shine of their smiling eyes, try to make first ascent by old soviet drag ski-lift and make unforgettable descent.


 – warm and friendly atmosphere of family resort

– experience of using an old soviet drag ski-lift

– riding off-piste in the forest and enjoying deep and puffy snow

– learning funny names of local freeride spots

– communication with local legend

– famous oldschool freerider Anatoliy Ivanovich

– chance to try and buy apples from the garden of local residents


from 54$ per person


10 people

Number of persons:


Zailiyskiy Alatau


December – March

The highest point:

2400 m.a.s.l.


1 day

Ability level:

intermediate, advanced/expert

Start point:



Almaty city – Besagash – Beskainar – Kotyrbulak – Elik-Sai


Departure from Almaty at 08:00.
Arrival to the ski-center at approx. 09:00. Preparations, instructions from the guide, renting the rope hooks and short briefing about how to use them on drag lifts.
Freeriding with guide on the local spots. At lunch time, you will have a rest on the deck of a mighty pirate ship, where you can sunbathe, eating snacks and recover. In the afternoon you will be skiing in the upper part of the slopes from the third and fourth drag lifts. At the end of the day you will make descent to the neighboring gorge, where “Pioneer” ski resort is located. After making descent, you will have short walk in the forest to come back to Elik-Sai.
Final descent at 17:00. Coming back to Almaty at around 19:00.

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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 skinning up the hill (base layer – thermal underwear, gore-tex jacket and pants, additional layers of clothing for insulation, downy sweater or vest)
– avalanche equipment (air bag system and avalanche safety kit: shovel, probe, transciever)
– 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 – Elik-Sai Ski Center – Almaty
3. Daily ski-pass at the ski center
4. Lunch snack (sandwish 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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