Shymbulak Ski Resort tops the list of most popular destinations in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and neighboring countries.
Tourists traveling in CIS countries view the Kazakh resort near Almaty as the perfect destination for winter holidays, according to the online hotel booking service Oktogo.ru. The rating is based on data collected and the early reservations for the upcoming New Years’ holidays from Jan. 1-10.
Altai Alpes, located in East Kazakhstan, is also included on the list of the one-time Soviet Union’s most popular ski resorts.
Shymbulak is located in the picturesque Medeo Valley, which is also known as the home of the highest outdoor skating rink in the world. The beautiful resort is surrounded by woods and is just a few kilometers outside the city. The area offers a wide variety of slopes, from simple, gentle hills suitable for beginners to those with a 45-degree angle for professionals and daredevils.
This year there will be available two tracks: the blue one for beginners and black one for professionals. The measure is designed to ease the orientation and make skiing more enjoyable for all guests.