Other ski resorts
Smaller resorts outside Almaty include Ak Bulak and Tabagan (www.tabagan.kz). Both are much less developed than Shymbulak, though the latter’s website claims otherwise. However if you’re looking for a change from Shymbulak both are worth a visit. Do note, however, that at Ak Bulak, the slopes are either close to horizontal or close to vertical, meaning it mostly attracts ski junkies or total beginners.rnBoth do plan to develop their facilities, so watch this space. There are even rumours that the Ski Jump complex built for the 2011 Asian Winter Games will be opened to the public in future – just the thing for wannabe Eddie The Eagles.