Visiting the Tian Shan is about more than just skiing somewhere you may find wild. Vitaliy’s deep knowledge of the mountains and their history, combined with his experience, stretches beyond finding good powder. My time in Almaty taught me that I loved Georgian food. My time spent in cars with Kazakhs taught me how wonderful… they treat one another. My time on their skin track taught me that, once on snow, our skiing experience is similar, even thousands of miles from my home in the United States. It’s one of the only mountain ranges in the world that I can’t wait to visit again. Thank you, Vitaliy, for sharing your mountain range and breadth of knowledge with me and my friend, Robin. I can’t wait to return for more ski mountaineering, and maybe even some more powder skiing. Read more «Visiting the Tian Shan»
With Shymbulak all but tracked out, we had followed our trusty guide to Almaty’s other main ski resort, Akbulak. It was a good move. We arrived to vast amounts of new snow and no lift lines for the top half of the mountain. While Rage’s ridge-top traverse did remove a decent amount of ski base,… he once again served up the goods. Below us lay a steep gully, 40 meters wide, which snaked its way down through the trees. It was absolutely stacked with powder and yet held no ski tracks. To call that run ‘fun’ would simply dishonor the word fun; it was simply unreal. Every time I stopped to take in the moment I would look around to see and witness Mark and Hamish either airborne off a pillow or drowning in cold Kazakh powder. Russian, Kazakh or English; it didn’t matter what language you spoke that day. You could read it on everyone’s face; powder days are the best days. Steep, cheap and deep! Read more «Trip in Trans-Ili Alatau»
Awesome and uncrowded backcountry skiing possibilities very close to Almaty ranging from early season powder tree runs to early summer height altitude Alpine routes. Greetings, Rik
Зачёт! Я катаюсь бэккантри более 5 лет и для меня наиболее важными факторами являются: N`1. Хорошая компания N’2. Новое место для катича N’3. Толковый Гид N’4. Логичный маршрут (цена вопроса) N’5. Состояние снега … и в данной поездке по всем этим пунктам, я ставлю чёткую Пятёрку! Отдельное Спасибо Гидам Жене и Игорю, а также Эрику… за рекламу (приглашение) побывать в этом шикарном бэккантри-лагере Заилийского Алатау! Я обязательно приеду к вам ещё и буду рекомендовать своим друзьям Read more «Разведка боем. День Независимости 2019»
Had two great days out with this outfit. Freeriding in ak-bulak and touring up to three brother peak. Thanks a lot guys for the unforgettable experience in Kazakhstan.