Shymbulak Mountain Resort is located in the picturesque gorge of Zailiysky Alatau at an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, a 15-minute drive from the center of Almaty.

Resort opening hours:  all year round
Number of lifts:  7
Length of slopes for skiing:  more than 20 km
Average air temperature:  +20 C in summer, -7 C in winter

Average snow cover:  up to 1.5 meters
Number of sunny days per year:  more than 300 days
Duration of the ski season:  from November to May
Travel time from international airport:  25 minutes


The resort was founded in 1954. Since the mid-50s, Shymbulak has been a training base for Soviet skiers, and championships of the USSR and Kazakhstan were held on its slopes. Every year, in early February, skiers competed in Shymbulak, playing the “Alexandra Artemenko Prize”, 11-time champion of the USSR, master of sports, participant of the 1956 Olympic Games. Those who were skiing or at least watched the athletes’ training know very well how much time and forces spent the athlete on the rise. Pioneers had to climb the mountain for 3 hours, the descent took only 15 minutes. To the rescue of athletes, overcoming the climb, came the technique.