a VirtualTourist member from Palmer Lake
Does anybody know how much snow Chimbulak ski resort annually? Can I expect a lot of powder in March? Thanks.
there is still plenty of snow there in March....the mountain is open for skiing in April as well....I went there in August one time and there was still snow on top of the mountain.
Snow cover at Chimbulak varies greatly from one season to the next. During the 2007/2008 winter there was quite a lot of snow, while there was hardly any at all for parts of the season before that. The problem is that while it is more than cold enough for snow it is often quite dry in this part of the Kazakhstan and therefore the snow cover is usually a lot shallower than you would expect.
Snow canons were installed for the 2007/2008 season and this will undoubtedly help in the coming seasons.
Due to the dry climate there is some good powder in the off-piste areas, however, these areas are not huge.
If you are staying a long time in Kazakhstan and want to do some skiing then consider going to one of the resorts close to Ust-Kamenogorsk close to the Altai mountains. Snow cover is usually much better there and the season is also much longer than at Chimbulak.