Aurélien Ducroz continues his exploration of Central Asia. With his friends Romain Grojean and Eric Gachet, the double freeride ski world champion has left to explore the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
Guys from USA having a great adventure by traversing through 4200+ m Tien-Shan mountains starting at Chon-Ashuu pass and visiting Aksuu Back country Skiing Yurt Lodge at the end of their journey.
Finally the web camera at Jyrgalan valley is back online. We had a huge renovation at the site since the September and had to turn off the camera.
Overall we have 4th yurt set up at our area and now we have 3 client yurts, in the spring we will add one more yurt which means that in summer you can choose to stay from 3 private yurts and one shared.
As for mid-December snow status – there is around 35-45cm of snow at the snowmobile-supported back country skiing area and yesterday we had a group from Kazakhstan who enjoyed the snowboarding at this area.
The plans for upcoming season are huge and awesome, check them out:
- New lodge at the upper Jyrgalan valley at 2900m – named Jyrgalan Heights Yurt lodge – done, details coming soon
- New lodge at the Tyup valley at 2300m – named Jyrgalan-Tyup Yurt Lodge – in the process of setup
- Personal windguru weather station at the Jyrgalan Yurt Lodge site – done
- Explore snowkiting possibilities at Jyrgalan valley – coming soon
- New website dedicated to the back country yurt skiing in Kyrgyzstan – SKIYURT.KG – coming soon
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We have a nice media here. A 3D tour for Aksuu Backckcountry Skiing Yurt Lodge from last winter season. Check it out here.
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