Skiing in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has become one of the most attractive places in the world for mountain skiing and snowboarding on virgin snow.

Chimgan-Beldersay is the main skiing area in Uzbekistan, which is located in the mountains of Western Tien-Shan (90 km far from Tashkent). Chimgan in the best way approaches for family leisure with children, Beldersay is more appropriate for skilled skiers and snowboarders.

There are two double-chair ski lifts and some hoop lifts in Chimgan and Beldersay (5 km from Chimgan).

Ski-tracks of Chimgan.

Skiing resort Chimgan has several routes and type of complexities, a ski-track for beginning skiers, extended up to 1500 m has a rope-tow lift, considered as "blue" tracks long, flat, and easy. The ski-track for slalom is extended up to 900 m and equipped with chair lift and classified as a "red" track of mid level difficulty.

The mountain skiing season here is not very long, it starts in December and lasts until mid-March. In the second half of March, the descent becomes more difficult, due to the heavy and damp snow. The routes of Chimgan are equipped with chairlifts, a rope tow and several ski tows, located on the different slopes of Chimgan. "Black" and "red" slopes are located on the main slopes (there are 5 of them) which are served by chairlift. "Red" and "blue" routes are located on the slopes of the main peak's spur which is equipped with a rope-tow. The length of the route is from 700 to 1000 m. There are also runs for beginners supplied with ski tows around the entire resort.

Chimgan Information:

Peak "Big Chimgan": 3309 m
Rise of the chairlift: 800 m
Vertical rise: 385 m
Duration of chairlift ride: 10 min
Length of rope tow: 570 m
Vertical rise: 250 m
Duration of ride: about 10 min

Ski resorts of Chimgan

«Sky Village» hotel ***

"Small Switzerland" - so constant visitors of "Sky Village" hotel name this place in Chimgan Mountains. The complex is located in one of remarkable natural landscapes, at height of 1800 m above sea level. Beside there are a known mountain-skiing route and the chair-lift. On the territory of the complex there are five comfortable cottages, each consists of two rooms: bedroom and sitting room with a fireplace, dignity-unit, hall and summer terrace. More about the hotel.

Asia Chimgan ***

“Snow Bars” hotel was built and opened in 2005 in the picturesque Chimgan valley, nearby the chair-lift. There are 25 rooms in the hotel, including 3 LUX-rooms (equipped for stayinf the VIP guests). All rooms are equipped with satellite TV. Room service is 24 hours. The magnificent arrangement of the hotel allows using boundless potential of the rest by the fullest way. Nearby the hotel there is a chair-lift, sledge rout, hire of mountain-skiing equipment, a training route for ski beginners. More about the hotel.

Ski-tracks of Beldersay.

The Beldersay route is officially registered in FIS (Federation of International Skiing).The highest point of Beldersay ski-track is located at the height of 2880 m. The snow here lays little bit longer, than in Chimgan: from December till May. Ski-tracks of Beldersay basically are intended for skilled mountain skiers, but there are also good conditions for beginners. Sharp-continental climate of area creates extreme temperatures and plentiful snowfalls which promote a high-quality snow cover. Descents are carried out from mountain Kumbel, which slopes in area of skiing have smoothed relief (steepness up to 30 degrees) without deep gorges and canyons. Archa and the deciduous woods grow on slopes alternating with open glades. Going up to the top of Kumbel mountain is carried out by chair lift road (length 2250 m) and further proceeds on rope-tow lift (length 700m). Ski-tracks for mass riding are laid out along the rope-tow and chair lifts. Free descents begin from the west side of Kumbel mountain directly from a crest of a ridge and come to an end in a vein of stream of Beldersay. Width of slopes for free descents up to 1 km, length of descents up to 5 km.

Beldersay Information:

The highest peak (Mountain Kumbel): 2300 m
The entire length of the route: 3020 m
Vertical from base: 765 m
Average inclination of the route: 27 degrees
Maximum inclination: 52,1 degreed
Length of the chair-lift: 2500 m
Vertical from base: 585 m
Duration of the elevation by chair-lift: 24 min
Length of the rope tow: 700 m
Vertical from base: 200 m
Duration of elevation: 5 min

Ski resorts of Beldersay

Hotel Beldersay ****

On the distance of 100 km from Tashkent at height of 1600-1700 m above sea level near the bottom of Tien-Shan mountains there is a picturesque Beldersay gorge. There, on a hillside, nearby from well-known Kumbel ski route, among evergreen Tien-Shan fur-trees the “Beldersay” resort is located.
The “Beldersay Oromgohi” resort complex offers you excellent rest in the hotel and in the comfortable cottages. 38 comfortable VIP-rooms, luxury and standard rooms, and also the VIP, luxury and standard comfortable cottages (for 4 and 6 pax) are ready to receive guests at any time. More about the hotel.

Skiing Essentials

Always remember

By Kobus Reyneke

When skiing, keep the following in mind:

  • Keep your upper body facing slightly down the hill.
  • Carve your turns dynamically in a balanced position.
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Don't rush your turns -- be patient and relaxed!
  • Keep terrain easy when doing exercises.

1. Keep moving your upper body down the hill
More than anything else, learn to keep a fairly stable upper body (from the hips up) relative to your legs. It's the feet and legs that turn the skis.

In short turns your upper body should always face directly down the hill. In long radius turns your upper body should always face slightly more down the hill (except when your skis cross the flow line) as it follows the skis around.

  • Remember: Your legs should change direction under a stable upper body.

2. Carve your turns dynamically
Do yourself a favor and don't wimp along with skidded turns. Practice carving techniques outlined in Ski Smarts exercises and experience a world of difference.

3. "Mileage" in skiing is crucial
Remember to make it "quality" miles. Use Ski Smarts as a guideline and ask your favorite ski instructor to check whether you are doing exercises correctly.

4. Patience in your moves, especially during turn initiation
Remember that patience does not always mean slow. With the proper skill acquisition, there can be a more precise turn entry, giving the skier less of a feeling of having to rush around the corner. Rushing into a turn will bring out many bad habits.

5. Ski easy terrain when doing exercises
Practicing below "your current level" is the only way you'll get substantial benefit from doing exercises. Once you've "mastered the move" you can progress to steeper terrain to try out what you have learned.

Warming up and stretching

By Kobus Reyneke

We strongly recommend that you always warm yourself up adequately before engaging in skiing activity.

Get your body warmed up and flexible enough to engage in a highly athletic activity. Make warming up and stretching a habit -- never start skiing without having gone through your routine.

Repeat each warm-up exercise at least 10 times or if stretching, move slowly and hold the position for at least 20 seconds. Work down from your head to your legs. Vary the exercises to suit you.

Do not stretch too hard and risk injury!

  1. Walk around. To get your muscles warmed up before stretching.
  2. Roll your head in a circle. Great for your neck and helps you relax.
  3. Roll at the hips and twist your torso from side to side slowly. Your back needs to be warmed up and relaxed.
  4. Bend to touch your toes. Hang your arms and head and slowly lower yourself, vertebra by vertebra to touch your toes. Gently release any tension in the back as you do so, by breathing out. Slowly right yourself in the same manner, but start from the base of the spine.
  5. Swing your arms gently in a wide circle. Loosen up your upper body.
  6. Quads Balance yourself on one ski, grasp a ski and pull it over your shoulder. Slowly pull the ski forward and feel the front of that leg stretching. Repeat with the other leg. Be careful not to hurt yourself!
  7. Outer thigh With skis on, balance yourself with poles, swing one ski up in front of you and "plant" it vertically in the snow. Lean forward and feel the outside of your thigh stretch. Repeat with the other leg. Be careful not to hurt yourself!
  8. Back of lower leg With both skis on, slide one leg back until you feel the stretch in the back of your leg. Repeat with the other leg. Be careful not to hurt yourself!
  9. Inner thigh With both skis on, slide one leg radically to the side until you feel the stretch in the inner thigh. Repeat with the other leg. Be careful not to hurt yourself!

Teaching children

By Kobus Reyneke

What age?
There is only one right age -- when your child wants to ski. You are flirting with disaster if you try to get your child to ski too early.

The best approach is to first get the child (at 4 years they are usually ready) enrolled in a children's instruction program at your favorite mountain. Amongst peers and under the guidance of specialist, they will learn quickly and most importantly; learn the correct techniques.

Be sure your child is ready for the cold. A checklist follows:

  • Layer clothes
  • Long underwear
  • Turtleneck shirt
  • Warm ski socks
  • Thick sweater
  • Scarf if necessary
  • Warm insulated pants and jacket
  • Ski helmet or thick hat
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts that won't fall off easily
  • Good quality goggles
  • Sunscreen

Ski equipment

Don't skimp on your child's equipment!

It is best to rent properly sized and serviced equipment for the rapidly growing child. Follow manufacturer's and ski shop recommendations for getting equipment checked and serviced.

Special training equipment We do not recommend the use of any training aids that attach directly to the child. If you feel the child needs a harness for safety, then you are most likely on too steep or dangerous terrain -- back off!

  • Leave these difficult training techniques to trained instructors.

Make sure you deal with competent instructors, specifically trained to teach children. Be aware that some ski areas "relegate" their poorer instructors to the children's area.

  • Don't hesitate to ask the ski school regarding their selection criteria and training programs.

Children acquire true perception of depth only in their teens. It is therefore imperative that parents exercise extreme caution when skiing with children. Keep the slopes well within the child's ability and insist on skiing slowly and always in control.

  • Don't take all the fun out of it though!