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10 of the best places to go skiing – readers’ tips

Posted on November 09, 2016 by KazCham

The Guardian

From the country’s largest city, Almaty, the Shymbulak ski slopes are on your doorstep and everything is easy and reasonably priced. The resort is small, but there were no queues at any point. From the gondola at Medeu to the toilets and lockers at the slopes, the services are all fine. It’s not a resort for novices though: the main long slopes are red and there are only a few short blues. At 4pm the slopes are in the shade and get icy. It’s well worth going over to the other side of the mountain, for glacier views, and three short blue slopes. Of course, flying to Kazakhstan is expensive but the skiing can be made very cheap by renting gear from Extremal on the corner of Dostyk and Al Ferabi streets in Almaty: it’s half the price of the slopes rental place. Take the frequent number 12 bus from Extremal to the Medeu gondola.

• Weekday ski pass £12 (£19 at weekends).

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