Suusamyr Valley

Suusamyr Valley ski-tour area.


This is a huge area covered with mountains - almost a thousand square kilometers, suitable for skiing. The valley is located at an altitude of 2200-2500 meters and has a width of 3 to 5 km. A federal read passes here, and the whole year-round the road is maintained in good condition. Ski-tour logistics arrives of the combination of the road and two tourist bases. 1.Ski station - Too- Ashu (3000 m) , located near the pass of the same name and 2.Suusamyr base (2200 m) in the valley, on the main road.


Mostly ski-tours of the area of ski station Too-Ashu start right from the hotel. Altitude gain is typically up to 1000 meters, slope of 25-30 degrees. Climb up takes ab. 4-6 hours, and often you can ski down much lower than the base is. In the case, you have to be ready to come back to the hotel (with car, etc).

Development of the rest of the area requires a car driving within 1-1.5 hours to the start point. Only a couple of routes available from the base Suusamyr. Often you have to put your ski directly on the pavement, because too much snow to go off the road without skies. Then again, one or one and a half-hour you have to go along the almost flat plane valley to approach good skiable slope. To access the South slope of the valley we still need to find a crossing over the river on the ice. Point to go back here often determined the lack of sufficient light time. Per day it is possible to ski a mile height at a distance of 10 km. Slopes are not homogeneous, steep sections are replaced by gentle popping out.


The Suusamy valley is limited from all sides with Kyrgyz ridge and ridge Suusamyr Too. Due to good snowfalls, dry sharply continental climate and low temperatures here formed dry and powder snow. Intensity of solar radiation on the way smooths severe frosts. -20°C below zero is the usual daytime temperatures. At night, the thermometer often falls to -30°C. So season backcountry better to start from the beginning of February, you can continue to mid-April. By this time it produced a hard snow cover on the slopes of all exposures. Snow level usually is 1.5-2 meters. In late April, there are still a lot of snow, but as a result of daytime warming creates a hard crust. As a result, both riseing up or descent is not a great pleasure .


Susamyr stretches extended from West to East, formed the southern slopes of Kyrgyz Range and the northern ones with ridge of Suusamyr Too. Depending on snow conditions, you can always choose the most preferably oriented slope. Because of the low temperature, state of snow varies little with exposure. The wind has a greater impact on the structure of snow. The relief is very diverse - from large gentle slopes to steep couloirs to drop. The only thing that there is not here – it is the trees. Snow is dry, crisp, powder, biases often 30 degrees or more, and at the angles lower 15° skis just do not want to slide. Avalanche danger is constantly kept high enough. And in conjunction with large areas of avalanche accumulation you should be very careful in choosing the slopes for skiing .




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