I invite you to the season opening in Kazakhstan, or to be more precise, in its eastern part. Rudny Altai located there is a part of Altai mountain system. This is one of those few places in Eurasia where the first snowfalls begin already in November, and by the beginning of December a stable snow cover forms at low altitudes.
Historically, the main industry in this part of Kazakhstan was the extraction of various minerals, primarily metal ores. But the town of Ridder, where we are going, is also one of the Kazakhstani centers of winter sports. The town is located at the foot of several mountain ranges with various terrain in treeline and alpine zones. Mostly we plan to ski in treeline, where nice and easy terrain provides good start of the season. But depending on weather and snow conditions may go higher to some alpine peaks.
Our program includes both catskiing and ski touring with the snowcat support. In the second case, the snowcat takes us to the prime places for the skitour and picks us up at the end of the day. pretty much optimal combination of easy powder skiing with more vertical and pleasant skitouring fitness in the silence of the Altai taiga.
First we take a flight to Almaty or Astana (whatever suits you better) and then take a short flight to Oksemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk) airport, code UKK/UASK. From Oksemen to Ridder, our final destinations it is 1.5 hours of ride by comfortable van. Group transfer is planned for December 04 afternoon.
Upon arrival to Ridder - accommodation, rest.
Next 5 days - catskiing and cat-assisted skitouring. We plan to spend 3 days for pure catskiing and 2 days for skitouring, but plan can be clightly corrected depends on weather, group abilities and other factors.
On Saturday we leave Ridder late morning, ride to Oksemen and take our flight to Almary or Astana
Kazakhstan offers a visa-free policy for most nationalities including EU countries, USA, Canada etc. See here for the full list of countries included in this visa-free policy.
We stay in new and cosy hotel "Ridder resort" in the center of the town. Accommodation in twin rooms with en-suite bathroom. There is a restaurant with European and Eastern cuisine and SPA complex.
Price: 1 980€ per person
- 5 days of guiding:
- 3 days of catskiing (lunch included).
- 2 days of cat-assisted skitouring (lunch included).
- Accommodation in Ridder Resort hotel 6 nights, TWIN.
- Group transfer from Oksemen airport and back.
- International and domestic airfares.
- Personal insurance.
- Intermediate or higher level of skiing in any snow conditions.
- Good physical shape.
- At least 5 days ski-tour/backcountry skiing experience.