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
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
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
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.
This season we started earlier to avoid difficulties connected with the transportation of all camp stuff and yurts. The way up to the Aksuu Backcountry Yurt Lodge site took just 3 hours with 2 military soviet URAL trucks compared to 3 days last years late December. We are already running, welcome.