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!