From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Shymbulak (Template:Lang-kz), also known as Chimbulak (Template:Lang-ru) is a ski resort near Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan. It is located in the upper part of the Medeu Valley in the Zaiilisky Alatau mountain range, at the elevation of Template:Convert above sea level. The resort area is about Template:Convert south of Almaty city by the Medeo road. It is popular for its mild climate, large quantity of sunny days and great amount of snow through the winter (from November till May).
Almaty hosted the 2011 Asian Winter Games, bid for 2014 Winter Olympics, considered a bid for 2018 Winter Olympics, but decided to bid for 2022 Winter Olympics instead; Shymbulak was a venue for the Alpine Skiing events (both speed and technical), and would have been for the latter.
Ski area information
There are three ski lifts, which cumulatively reach Talgar pass (Template:Convert above the sea level), the highest point of the ski resort. The total length of the lifts is Template:Convert. There are 3 stations of them; the first one is Intersection Station (Template:Convert above the sea level) (9 minute trip), then 20th Prop Station (Template:Convert above the sea level) (16.5 minutes) and Talgar pass Station (Template:Convert above the sea level). There is also Snow-Park for the fans of snowboarding.