Ski touring in Suusamyr, Arslanbob, Alai valley
(Ski adventures in Kyrgyzstan )
Skiing in Kyrgyzstan is a fascinating adventure in the world of untouched snow and rarely visited areas. Ski-touring is ascent and descent on mountain slopes with special skis and equipment.
The Suusamyr Valley is one of the best areas for off-piste skiing. The valley extends for 90 km from east to west, forming the southern (Kyrgyz Ridge) and northern (Suusamyr Too Ridge) expositions. You will find wide slopes and steep couloirs. At first glance, this region looks harsh and lifeless, as there are no forests. However, you’ll be enchanted by the panorama from the top of these mountains. The gain is up to 1000 meters, often 30 degrees or more. Nice dry, powdery snow creates from half to two meters of coverage.
Accommodation in warm and comfortable cottages. Cottages provide storage space for ski equipment and clothes drying. The cafe offers a delicious variety of dishes of European and national cuisine.
Arslanbob (Arslanbap) is a unique destination. It is an oasis at the altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level. Arslanbob area lies on the southwestern slope of the Fergana Range. Arslanbob is famous for spectacular relic walnut forests. The vast area of fruit and nut forests in the Arslanbob Valley is the largest one in the world. Walnut forests are not the only attraction of the place, but also here you can observe the wonderful waterfalls and grandeurs mountains with rocky Boobash-Ata Summit (4,430 m) rising above the valley. The local people are very welcoming and friendly. Arslanbob village is a place with narrow streets and national style houses.
Specific climatic conditions create a microclimate on the southern slopes of the mountains. Here is the maximum precipitation in Kyrgyzstan. In the winter there is magnificent snow, even at high temperatures above zero on Celsius. Slopes for skiing are accessible right from the village. They have gain of almost one kilometer, as well as an unforgettable skiing on slopes up to 40 through the relic walnut forests.
The Alai Valley. Highland Alai Valley is located in the south of Kyrgyzstan, between the Alai and Chon-Alai Range belonging to the Pamirs. Chon-Alai Range, enveloping the Alai Valley to the south, rises above the valley on 3000 m and draws to the traveler grandiose scenery of majestic mountains and eternal ice.
Its length is 150 km, the width of 2-25 km, average height - 3000 m. The average heights are between 2,240 m in the west and 3,536 in the east. From the valley you can observe one of the highest peaks of the former USSR, Lenin Peak (7, 134 m). You can do skiing on the northwestern slopes near Sary-Tash settlement, located on the road leading to the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. The average steepness of slopes is 20-30 degrees.