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Address: Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan
Phone Number:
+7 727 330 8500
09:30 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

“Shymbylak” mountain ski resort is located in picturesque canyon Ile Alatau...

“Shymbylak” mountain ski resort is located in picturesque canyon Ile Alatau on 2260 metres high above the sea level. Its in 15 minutes away from the center of Almaty city.

- Working hours: whole year

- Lift quantity: 7

- Extension of slopes for skiing: more than 20 km

- Average temperature: summer time +20 C, winter -7 C

- Average thickness of snow cover: till 1.5 m

- Quantity of sunny days in




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Inexpensive modern ski resort

By European standards, this is the least expensive day's skiing you'll find. Modern facilities, looks new. No. 12 bus runs frequently and costs virtually nothing from town to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Jayne H
Walsall, England, United Kingdom
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Walsall, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

By European standards, this is the least expensive day's skiing you'll find. Modern facilities, looks new. No. 12 bus runs frequently and costs virtually nothing from town to the base of the funicular. 9000tge got us to the top (base ski station) and a day's pass for the ski lifts. Good quality skis and boots available for hire (3000 Tge... More 

Thank Jayne H
Lisbon, Portugal
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From downtown Almaty you take Uber to base station for eur 6 and a nice ride of appr. 30 minutes - you can also take local public transport 50 minutes eur 0,80. Modern installations take you up to the area where you can rent equipment and have bars and restaurants. The trip itself is beautiful and takes 20 minutes. Two... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only taking the cabin lift from Medeo to base station of Shymbulak is an experience. Very modern installation, a lot of investment. At base station you have several restaurants and cafés, very nice to sit and just enjoy the sun and the view, and skiers. Even though fancy cafés, very down-to-earth personnel and friendly. Renting skis was easy, reasonable price,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Ski resort "Shymbulak" - is located in the picturesque gorge of Trans-Ili Alatau at an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, a 15-minute drive from the center of Almaty. Working hours: all year round Number of lifts: 7 The length of skiing slopes: 20 km The average temperature in summer +20 C, in winter -7 C The average thickness... More 

1 Thank Vladimir N
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Love the view of the mountain covered with snow. For those who love to try the ski, you may purchase the ticket & also rent the ski equipment at the counter. Further info on the charges can refer to the official website. The is few combo packages offered for visitors. After purchased the ticket, you're required to ride the cable... More 

1 Thank AzliaDean
Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Very nice cable car trip up the mountain. Lots of snow. Nice lodge café. Ideal for families and groups.

1 Thank MRibas2409
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Went in Sep Donnie snow/skiing but had an amazing time The cable car ride is beautiful and pretty surreal as you go from plains to ice capped peaks in 30 min I walked up the barren hill (tool about 2 hours) and it offered sensational views of the Central Asian steppe

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Shymbulak is a popular place to launch off on several hikes. Easily accessible from Almaty (bus, taxi, uber, private hire) it is a great little spot in the summer. You either have to take the cable car, or the eco-taxi/ eco bus to get to the resort. This makes the spot really quiet. Recommend doing a hike from this location,... More 

Thank anderezd
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I really enjoyed few days spent in Shymbulak, KZ. I could reccomend this resort to every one. Prices are quite good in comparison with Europe. Resort is clean, quite new and I enjoyed it there. Reccomended.

1 Thank Jiri F
Raipur, India
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This is the best place I have ever been in Almaty there are three stages to reach upto the highest Bar in Almaty which is located in the tip of the mountain . It was 5 degree Celsius now .. awesome scenic beauty of mountain .

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