Dates: 23-27 January and 20-24 February
*We’re happy to organise the programme on dates to suit your group – please contact us for more information.
Freeride below the treeline in the Zailiiskiy Alatau – spend your winter enjoying the snowy slopes far from the pistes and lifts!
A five-day skitour programme, with accommodation near the Medeu ice rink, located at 1,700m in the Medeu valley below the Shymbulak ski resort. We’ll ride new spots every day, focussing on couloirs, valleys and peaks below the treeline.
As well as freeride this programme will give you the chance to practice your mountain skills, including using avalanche gear, analysing slopes and snow cover to determine the level of avalanche danger, choosing the safest routes up and down the mountain, and working in groups in the backcountry.
Timing: December to March
Best months: January and February.
Planned dates this season: 23-37 January, 20-24 February.
This programme is designed for skiers / snowboarders who are confident on the piste (including black runs), ideally have some previous experience of riding off piste, and are in good physical shape.
Group size: minimum 4 people (price for groups of six or more is $300 per person)
Duration: 5 days
Guide, return transfer from Almaty to Medeu, accommodation in the ‘Medeu Hotel Almaty’ (modern rooms with mountain views), all transfers as part of the ski tour programme, avalanche equipment rental.
Guests will be responsible for their own meals in the cafes and restaurants of the hotel and/or the Medeu sports complex.
Your guide: Sergei Brodskiy.
Day 1. Early morning start from Almaty and transfer to Medeu. Further transfer to the national park checkpoint in the Kim-Asar valley. Acclimatisation hike to Furmanov Plateau.
Day 2. Ski-touring in the Medeu couloir, starting from the helicopter pad below the Medeu dam.
Day 3. Ski-touring to ‘Lenin’s cottage’, starting from the checkpoint. Descent from the Kim-Asar ridge.
Days 4-5. Transfer to the Butakovka valley. Freeride around Mys Nadezhdy, Peak Bukreev and Butakovka couloir.
Day 5. Descent from Medeu to Almaty. Free evening ☺
We’ll choose our routes based on the weather, the snow conditions and the ability of the group.
What to bring:
2. Avalanche probe
3. Avalanche shovel
4. Ski / alpine crampons
1. Skis / snowboard / snowshoes
2. Ski boots / snowboard boots
3. Ski / splitboard poles
5. Climbing skins
Clothing and accessories:
2. Sleeping bag
3. Torch (with spare batteries)
4. Medical kit
5. Down jacket / vest
6. Waterproof shell (jacket and trousers)
7. Ski gloves
8. Thermal underwear
9. Fleece / midlayer
10. Thinner gloves for ascending / wearing at base camp
13. Skiing / trekking socks
14. Regular socks