ZIL SKI Resort

Ski base ZIL located 35 km southeast from Bishkek, on the slopes between the Chunkurchak and Issyk-Ata valleys. Zil is one of the most popular ski resorts near Bishkek. and at one point Zil resort was ranked first out of 17 ski resorts of Kyrgyzstan for three years in a row. The reason is the proximity to Bishkek as well as its picturesque surroundings and of course the good long slopes. The base is located about 1850 m above sea level. 

Zil has a well-maintained road and perfectly equipped parking facilities for at least 700 cars. On the south side of the base, 5 km away, at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level there is the glacier called Kentor. Glasier can easily be reached by a four-wheel-drive car as well as by walk. Ski season usually operates from December till March. In the summertime, the base offers various outdoor activities such as riding down the mountain on a mattress, ziplining and kymyz treatment service. Next to the entrance of the base, the monuments of Russian president Vladimir Putin will welcome you. Walking further you will find another monument of Lenin and the last statue is dedicated to Chyngyz Aitmatov

There is also a small hotel with warm, cozy rooms equipped for a comfortable stay. You can order and enjoy also sauna in ZIL as well.

ZIL ski base equipment rental
ZIL ski resort gate near Bishkek

There are five rope lifts in ZIL:

  • A first surface lift, 1.3 km long
  • A chairlift with a length of 1.5 km
  • 2 T-bar lift with a length of 1.4 km and 1.2 km are designed for confident skiers
  • A baby lift with a length of 400 meters designed for children and novice skiers

Ski passes for adults cost 1100 som on weekdays and 1500 som on weekends and holidays. For children the price of the ticket is 800 and 1100 som respectively. Equipment rental will cost between 600-800 som. There is no exact price for training at the base, you need to negotiate with the instructors on the spot. But keep in mind that it should not cost not much more than 1 thousand som per hour. There is no public transport going to the ski base but you can take a taxi. Expect to pay close to 1000 som one way.

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Page updated 10.2.2024

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