Winter in Almaty
The peaks of the Ile Alatau mountain range are less than an hour’s drive from the centre of Kazakhstan’s commercial hub and these mountains are the perfect place for some winter fun. They offer a complete package of activities for winter sports enthusiasts with downhill ski runs for all levels from complete beginners to experts and some dedicated snowboarding runs.
For skiers who like to beat the crowds and get on the slopes early, the S.N.E.G Hotel is ideal. This small boutique hotel can only be reached by cable car from the Shymbulak Ski Resort, so in the early morning you can step out of the door and have the slopes to yourself for a few hours as the cable car does not start running until 09:30. There’s an on-site restaurant with amazing mountain views but the hotel only has six rooms, so it’s advisable to book well in advance.