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Address: Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan
Phone Number:
+7 727 330 8500
08:30 - 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

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OMG! What a place :)

I never had experienced ride on cable car before this & it was truly a wonderful experience going all the way from base station to the top of Shymbulak Ski Resort @ 3200m above... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, India
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I never had experienced ride on cable car before this & it was truly a wonderful experience going all the way from base station to the top of Shymbulak Ski Resort @ 3200m above sea level. The whole thing was just great, clean cabins, efficient service, lots n lots of snow & pure fun altogether. A must visit place in... More 

Thank Ravs2394
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Was here in the afternoon Friday 31. March together with friends after a conference in Almaty was finished. On our way up in the cablecar we passes the famous Medeo skate rink. Cheap to rent alpine skis and lift tickets, but the tracks downhill were not so challenging - but altogether a nice place to be!😎

Thank janmlOslo
Istanbul, Turkey
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140 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We went there with cable car, the view was extraordinary. Up there you could take another cable car to go up for skiing. If you dont want to ski, you could enjoy nice Cafe and restaurant. The english of waiters were not satisfactory bu fair enough. If you are going Almaty you could definitely go there and see the place... More 

Thank myserdar
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Was a great experience and nice place should not miss. Anywho a small remarks about ticket sellers where the should advise visitors what they close and etc as we were up and got to know the combo 2 was close so it was waste for us to purchase combo 1 and 2

Thank Veejay_Vj
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Last week-end we went to Shymbulak and enjoyed fresh air walking on the road to Tyuksu hotel. Sounds strange, but now the cars are not alowed to drive in this area and trekkers can take a deep breath of tasty mountain air! Another good surprise was to discover shuttle buses going from Medeo to Shymbulak for about $2 round trip.... More 

Thank Helenkz
Warsaw, Poland
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

For me it is the best attraction near Almaty. In one place you can: - see mountains - enter at high altitude quite quickly (there is a camping at the top!!! it might be great idea to start hiking from the top) - try downhill - do skiing - there is a recreation park for kids - hotels + restaurants... More 

Thank JadwigaZytka
Walsall, England, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

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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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 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 

Thank BaldusDeWit
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

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 

Thank Jörgen and Linn O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

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