Uzbekistan Snowboarding & Snow-skiing
Chimgan-Beldersay Ski-tracks, Heli-skiing, Double-Chair Ski Lifts, Hoop Lifts
Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
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Uzbekistan Mountains near to
are invariably attractive for mountaineers. The wide variety of Chimgan and its
surroundings allows the activity in all kinds of mountaineering and landscape
tourism. Mountains (Small and Greater Chimgan Peaks - 3,309 m) of
Chatkal range, plateaus, the
Black Waterfall (40 m) at the lower part of
Greater Chimgan Peak,
Novotasha waterfalls, attract a lot of tourists from Uzbekistan and
Ugam & Karjantau ridges
Another attractive place for mountaineering is situated on
Ugam ridge and on the southern; slopes of the
Karjantau ridge of the Western Tyan-Shan system.
There are following natural sites, which are of interest of
mountaineers in area of Ugam & Karjantau ridges:
Mingbulak (2,628 m) - the highest peak of the Karjantau ridge.
Qizilsuv waterfalls - the pictorial cascades that flow at the sinuous
river gorges of
Qizilsuv Mountain River.
• Loquacious cave is located on
plateau Ghiza, 20 km from
village Humsan, in a funnel-shaped hollow. On the bottom of the hollow, in
the exposure of grey limestone, there is a 1x1 m rectangular aperture
transforming to a 1.5 m high sloping tunnel. Its floor is covered with lumps,
ceiling being arcaded. This tunnel is 20 m long and leads to the inner larger
part of the cave. A ladder is needed in order to proceed into the cave as there
is a 6 m high prominence. Then the floor levels out, height reaching 20-30 m.
The cave is so named due to a streamlet flowing through it.
• Arkutsay – exposure of loess stratum. The site is 3
km west of Humsan, on the right bank of the Ugam River. Section of the
formation represents the wall of a small landslide breakaway and is a stratum of
interstratifying loess-like loams of Quaternary and fossil soils horizons. The
section is unique as it exposes more than 80 m thick deposition of rocks.
• Kyrk-Kokyl waterfall (in Uzbek “Kyrk-Kokyl” means 40
plaits) – pictorial waterfall at Pustonlyk – confluent of Ugam River, 9
km from Humsan village.
Local peculiarities of Snowboarding & Snow-skiing in Uzbekistan Mountains
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).
Length of the chair lift road in Chimgan - 800 m. Overfall of heights - 385 m.
Length of the rope-tow - 570 m. Overfall of heights - 250 m.
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 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 (Mountain Kumbel). Highest point - 2880 m. Length of the ski-track -
3017 m. Overfall of heights - 765 m. Average bias of the ski-track - 27. Maximal
bias - 52.1. Extension of the chair-lift - 2250 m. Overfall of heights - 565m.
Extension of the rope-tow - 700m. Overfall of heights - 200m.
Heli-skiing. Uzbekistan has the advantage over the other regions of
Heli-skiing on the territory of the former USSR (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan,
Caucasus, Altay, and Camchatka) because of sunny, warm and fine stable weather.
Heli-skiers make descends from summits of Ugam, Pskem and Chatkal mountain
ranges (on the altitude 3000-4000 m.). The amplitude of descends 1,3 – 2 km; the
length of the descending 5-10 km. Usually heli-skiers make 4-6 descends per day.
The flight time from the hotel to the landing place 5-30 min. Tourists are
accompanied with 2 guides. Each tourist must have his own special equipment
(ski, beacons, first-aid medical set). Helicopter grounds are located near the
hotel. The best time for skiing – late January – March.
Snow skiing is a group of sports using skis as primary
equipment. Skis are used in conjunction with boots that connect to the ski with
use of a binding. Although snowboarding shares the general characteristics of
skiing sports, it evolved from surfing and skateboarding and so is not
considered a type of skiing. The posture assumed in snowboarding is a side on
action whereas the skiing posture is primarily front facing.
Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a slope that
is either partially or fully covered with snow on a snowboard attached to a
rider's feet using a special boot set into a mounted binding. The development of
snowboarding was inspired by surfing and skateboarding, and the sport shares
superficial similarities with skiing. It was developed in the United States in
the 1960s and the 1970s and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998.