Conveniently located just 25 minutes from Almaty (the former capital of Kazakhstan in the south east of the country), Chimbulak currently boasts the best facilities Kazakhstan, and some say Central Asia, has to offer. Popular with the President and often overcrowded at weekends, Chimbulak's four chairlifts and pisted slopes offer an enjoyable day out for skiers and snowboarders alike. From the Talgar Pass at 3,613m to the main lodge at 2,260m, the resort offers a respectable vertical drop of nearly 1,000m. A steaming samovar, a cup of hot chocolate or a quick shot of warming vodka greet you on a welcoming bench at the top of the highest slope before skiing down to the bottom with magnificent views towards Almaty and across the Kazakh steppe.
Almaty is in south east Kazakhstan. There are direct flights there from London.
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