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Kyrgyz Ski Resorts Guide: Part III — Freeride

Kyrgyz Ski Resorts Guide: Part III — Freeride

This is a third part of our ski resorts guide, the first two were about closest to Bishkek and Kyrgyz Republic's best. Now if ski resorts bore you and you need something beyond that, you are still in the right country. This part is dedicated to freeride opportunities Kyrgyz Republic has to offer. By no means we claim these are all freeride opportunities in Kyrgyz Republic, still you will find major ones here. Have a good ride! 

1. 'Suusamyr' Freeride Logde

It's not accidentally the first in this list. It's the only freeride opportunity, which made it to The Guardian. The lodge won't let you get bored — you'll find everything from activities like paragliding and catskiing to small details like a free Wi-Fi.

Distance from Bishkek: 158 km (3 hour drive in average)

Max altitude: 3,850 m

Vertical drop: 500 m—800 m

Transport type: 2 snowcats, 4 snowmobiles 

Working hours: Mon through Sun, 9 am to 6 pm

Price range: starting from EUR 60 per day (includes skiing/snowbarding, a lunchbox, and drinks). Download a brochure for details.

Gear rental: available, starting from EUR 20 for a set

Getting there: the resort provides transfers from the airport included into tour price. It also provides transportation services on SUVs and minibuses upon agreement. 

Meals: available

Parking: over 200 parking lots

Additional services: paragliding, quad-riding, tours

T: +996 (550) 198 899, +996 (550) 999 111

W: www.suus.kg

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2. 'Zhyrgalan' Freeride Center

Since 2014, when the infrastructure was updated, the center has become a really popular destination for those fond of freeride. And the place is not only about freeride, it also has some horseback riding, cultural activities, fishing and hiking to offer. 

Distance from Bishkek: 462 km (9 hour drive in average)

Max altitude: 3,264 m

Vertical drop: 750 m—900 m

Transport type: snowcats 

Working hours: 24/7

Price range: A week-long tour is USD 540 per person. This includes transfer from the airport and back, accommodation, meals, and horseback tours. Prices for groups are provided upon request.

Gear rental: available, prices are negotiable 

Getting there: the resort provides transfers included into tour price.

Meals: available

Parking: available

Additional services: sauna, horseback riding, national crafts workshops, fishing, and snowshoeing.

T: +996 (557) 207 777

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3. Karakol 

Apart from the fact the region has the best ski resort, it also has some great freeride opportunities. So if you're tired of the ski resort and need more freedom, you don't have to travel far, it's right next to you. The service provider in Karakol is GO KG's partner. 

Distance from Bishkek: 404 km (6 hour drive in average)

Max altitude: 3,500 m

Vertical drop: up to 1,200 m

Transport type: snowmobiles

Working hours: Mon through Sun, 9 am to 6 pm

Price range: starting from USD 470 per person for a week (includes transfer from/to the airport, skiing/snowboarding, and accommodation)

Gear rental: not available 

Getting there: the resort provides transfers included into tour price.

Meals: available

Parking: available

Additional services: sauna, hot springs, and snowmobile tours.

T: +996 (777) 777 217 

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4. CBT Arslanbob 

Arslanbob (or Arstanbap) Valley is located at the south of Kyrgyz Republic. Apart from its beautiful nature, it also has to offer a number of opportunities for freeride fans.

Distance from Bishkek: 580 km (11 hour drive in average)

Max altitude: 2,876 m

Vertical drop: 300 m—1,000 m

Transport type: horses 

Working hours: Mon through Sun, 9 am to 6 pm

Price range: negotiable prices

Gear rental: available, prices are negotiable 

Getting there: the resort provides transfers included into tour price.

Meals: available

Parking: available

Additional services: horseback riding, trekking tours, and snowshoeing.

T: +996 (777) 342 476, +996 (773) 342 476

W: cbtkyrgyzstan.kg

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