Kyrgyzstan has a lot of opportunities for skiing and heliskiing in the mountains. 95% of the territory of the country is lying in the mountains of Tien-Shan. Hundreds of virgin slopes are waiting for the skiers who love wild nature and nice free runs on the fresh snow. Experienced pilots of the helicopter MI-8 MTV can land on the peaks and passes at the altitude of 4500 m, with the group of 16 skiers. The run of the decent is 1-5 km, height difference is from 500 m to 1500 m.
The peculiarities of the climate in Tien-Shan:
The winter in the mountains is warm. The temperature is from +5 to -10 degrees centigrade. The depth of the snow in the region is 0,7 - 1 m. The structure of the snow is powdery. The avalanche danger is minimal.
The temperature in spring is from +10 to -5 centigrade. The depth of the snow is 1-1,2 m. The structure of the snow is flaky. The avalanche danger is middle.
Season: February, March and April.
The optimum size of a group is 12 persons, maximum 16 persons.
Ski Center Name: Mountain ski base Karakol
Ski Resort’s Altitude: 2300 meters above sea level
Ski area’s proximity to urban areas: 7 km from Karakol and 400 km from Bishkek
Ski Lifts: five ski lifts
High drop: 800 meters
Where to stay and things to do: Hotel, restaurant and sauna. Heli ski.
Heli Ski at Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Ski Center Name: Mountain ski base Nooruz
Ski Resort’s Altitude: 1980 meters above sea level
Ski area’s proximity to urban areas: 45 km from Bishkek
Ski Lifts: Two ski lifts (lengts: 2300 meters and 500 meters)
High drop: info pending
Where to stay and things to do: Local cottages; bar and sauna.
Heli Ski at Nooruz, Kyrgyzstan