Alpine fairytales in the Alatau mountains
If you want to know the the “visit cards” of southern capital, then it is the time to see Medeo skating rink and Shymbulak ski resort.
Medeo, which has world fame, is the most high-altitude sports complex in the world. This fabulous place located on the gorge at an altitude of 1691 meters above sea level. The field of Medeo ice rink with an area of 10.5 thousand square meters surrounded with fir-covered slopes, snow peaks of the Zailiysky Alatau. Moreover, there is a huge dam protecting the city from mudflow. Medeo rink is well known for the “fast ” ice and earned the nickname “the factory of records” from best skaters of the world.
During the excursion, you will have funicular way up from Medeo to Shymbulak mountain ski resort. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the range of Tien-Shan mountains towering over Almaty city.
Shymbulak ski resort is one of the most beautiful and well-known ski resorts in Kazakhstan. Shymbulak located in the tract of Shymbulak, at an altitude of 2,260 m above sea level. Natural slope with a unique compound of snow provides better gliding. Hence this place enchants everyone, who loves the winter activity. Nowadays, the cable way will lift you from a height of 2260 m to the Talgar Pass (3163 m). There you can see majestic mountains with snowy slopes and evergreen Tien Shan firs. The ski roads of Shymbulak ski resort are certified by the International Federation of Alpine Skiing (FIS). Furthermore, Shymbulak is in the list of top ten the most complicated winter ski routes in the world.
The mild winter temperatures, the generous sun, the absence of strong winds, makes these places wonderful recreation area. And the most noteworthy thing during the visit of this picturesque gorges is the best viewing platform, where you will see all the beauty of Almaty.