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The Guardian: Skiing in Kyrgyz Republic: Fresh Powder, Pristine Rides and Great Value

The Guardian: Skiing in Kyrgyz Republic: Fresh Powder, Pristine Rides and Great Value

You'll need only fingers on one hand to count how many times The Guardian wrote about the Kyrgyz Republic. Last time it was thanks to the World Nomad Games. Now this time this is thanks to skiing opportunities our country has to offer. 

But if the restaurants around the Suusamyr Freeride Lodge lack the sophistication of those in Alpe d’Huez, the area makes up for it with the quality of the skiing. Our group of 15 have enjoyed fresh powder every single day. Each morning, we’ve tackled a different zone of the mountain range around our lodge and we’ve come across no one’s tracks but our own.
— The Guardian

While the article mentions lack of sophistication in terms of restaurant options and infrastructure, it is very favorable about the rest — it underlines it is now easier to get here, praises the price, which is quite affordable, and calls Kyrgyz food tasty.

Photos: The Suusamyr Freeride Lodge's Instagram page

Kyrgyzstan’s extreme continental climate means that the snow that falls on this former Soviet state is particularly light and fluffy. This, combined with the country’s mountainous geography, makes it something of a paradise for powder-loving backcountry skiers and snowboarders.
— The Guardian

The article also tells us about Azret Daniiarov, owner and manager of Suusamyr Lodge, the first in the country to offer “cat-skiing” — piste-bashers with passenger cabins to shuttle groups of skiers up the hill. First planned as a paragliding base for the summer season, it became a popular spot for groups from Europe after the first snowcat was imported three years ago.

The Suusamyr Freeride Lodge is located 150 away from Bishkek, capital, at the altitude of 2,200 m. It offers a number of lodging options for up to 25 guests in double and triple rooms with cable TV and Wi-Fi. It also arranges a minibus transfer from the airport (170 km), which seats 15 people and is included in the price for the week.

Cover image: Azret Daniiarov's Instagram page

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