Karakol, Kyrgyz Republic
Karakol ski resort is located in the gorge at an altitude of 2,300 m above sea level on the slopes of the Tien Shan. It is surrounded by majestic 5,000-meter mountains, coniferous forest, and high-altitude lake Issyk-Kul.
The thickness of the snow cover varies from 1.5 to 2.5 m. In winter, the temperature rarely falls below -5°C. The ski season begins in November and lasts until April.
This place is loved by many sportsmen and those who prefer outdoor kinds of vacation for its mild climate and a large number of sunny days. In 2004, the ski resort, being long ago the former training ground for the Soviet Olympic team, was completely modernized.