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March 3 snow conditions update, Karakol ski resort avalanche fatality

A huge storm on March 2-3 brought a lot of snow all over the east Issik-Kul area. Here is the small update on the local areas:

Jyrgalan back country skiing yurt lodge: 50+ cm of fresh powder.
Aksuu back country skiing yurt lodge: 35-45 cm of fresh powder overnight.
Karakol ski resort: around 20 cm of fresh powder.

There was also a couple small snowfalls during the past 7 days. The weather is already a spring-like and more and more slopes are becoming avalanche-dangerous.

Karakol ski resort avalanche fatality

There was an avalanche fatality at Karakol ski resort a few days ago. A family of 2 adults and 9 y.o. kid went off-piste and triggered avalanche. Whole group  got caught by avalanche and while 2 adults ended on the surface the kid got buried. Not much information available but seems like no any avalanche beacons or safety gear were used. The kid didn’t make it.

Semi-online camera at Jyrgalan vallery

Check weather and snow conditions at Jyrgalan Yurt Lodge almost online. We have installed a web camera at our site and it is available here or at the Backcountry Skiing Yurt Lodge page. Image refresh rate is 20 minutes in the case of the good internet connection at the site.



Веб камера в хостеле Жергалан. Следите за погодой и состоянием снега в режиме он-лайн. Теперь, прежде чем решиться на поездку в настоюащую фрирайд сказку, просто посмотрите камеру! Картинка обновляется раз в 20 минут.

Snow status update for Aksuu Backcountry Skiing Yurt Lodge

As said in the previous post – this winter is quite poor for snow in the Northern Kyrgyzstan. At this date (Jan 18, 2018) we have around 40-45cm of snow at the Aksuu Backcountry Skiing yurt lodge site and around 50-60cm at the higher-altitude slopes. See some photos below.

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Jyrgalan Yurt Lodge skitouring snow status update

2017/2018 winter in Kyrgyzstan is quite poor for snow. Karakol ski resort has a worst new year holidays in the past 10+ years. A lot of tourists came from around the globe and got nothing except a tiny amount of groomed snow on the runs which turned into a mixture of mud and ice in after a couple days. The same story on all offpiste slopes and areas around Karakol. We could not even run a snowmobile backcountry in the Karakol gorge as we usually do during this time.
Most areas towards the East has almost similar story. But wait, what about Jyrgalan? Seems like it is a special place hidden in the mountains at the edge of the Issik-Kul valley. It gets a true lake-effect which really works compared to other places around the huge Issik-Kul valley. Last week we had 30+ hours of snowing in a row at Jyrgalan backcountry skiing yurt lodge!

Continue reading Jyrgalan Yurt Lodge skitouring snow status update

Jyrgalan Pow Yurt Lodge for backcountry skiers and splitboarders

Woohoo!!! We are so much happy to announce a completely new backcountry skiing yurt lodge setup at new location. Jyrgalan valley is well know for the huge snow amounts, nice scenery and great amount of lines for beginner and average backcountry skiers. More info will be available soon at the separate page (left menu). As for now you can make a reservation by contacting us.

Ski touring in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

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Aksuu back country skiing and splitboarding yurt lodge is ready to welcome guests for 2017 winter season. A great number of different skill-level ski touring areas available at the ski-out zone just around the Yurt Lodge. We are located just 8km from Karakol, Kyrgyzstan and ready to transfer your group from Aksuu (Teploklychenka) village to our cozy lodge with snowmobiles.

We have some updates for the 2017 season:

  • A brand new sauna at Ice-Cold river
  • An outdoor hot tub with a woodstove
  • A trampoline and a slack line to have some fun
  • A bunch of new lines in the endless Aksuu gorge

The kite boarding spots at Issik-Kul

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Needless to say that Kyrgyzstan is not the best place to come for a kite surfing trip. Bringing a lot of kite gear may be a problem, but if you travel with a foil kite and a split kiteboard then this maybe a solution.

Overall if you are a person in Kyrgyzstan who want to learn kitesurfing then we are glad to announce a private/group lessons in russian/english. The lessons include all necessary gear. We will be running a kitesurfing school soon. Contact us for any questions.

Check out the detailed review of the only good place to kitesurf at the Issik-Kul lake, Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading The kite boarding spots at Issik-Kul

Kite boarding in Kyrgyzstan, Issik-Kul and Song-Kul

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While some groups are still shredding the pow at Aksuu Backcountry Yurt Lodge, we already started our kite boarding season at the Issik-Kul lake, Kyrgyzstan. The first attempt has been made on March 15th and felt like a north-pole kite surfing. The water was freezing-cold even with 5mm wetsuit. It was a light wind session at the Blue Lagoon kitespot with a 17m Cabrinha Contra and 18m Switch Helium. This day we had onshore wind called  Santash. Continue reading Kite boarding in Kyrgyzstan, Issik-Kul and Song-Kul

Gallery update for Aksuu BC skiing yurt lodge 2016

After one week at the Aksuu backcountry skiing yurt lodge we have done a lot of small upgrades all over the camp. We have a slackline and swing now. New sauna looks and feels so great. We already had a couple snow dumps since beginning of November.

Check the gallery below.

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