The former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan is often referred to as “the Switzerland of Asia” for a good reason. Over 80% of the country is covered with high mountains belonging to the Tian Shan range.
Kyrgyzstan is the land of geographic extremes with climate ranging from near arctic temperatures and heavy snowfall to hot subtropical inland valleys. The highest peak is Jengish Chokusu, at 7,439 m (24,400 feet).
In spite of excellent winter conditions the ski industry in Kyrgyzstan is not developed to the full potential. There are fewer than ten ski resorts, most of them centered around the capital Bishkek. Oruu-Saiis the largest ski area located in the vicinity of the capital. All of the resorts offer only basic infrastructure.
Heli-skiing and mountain tours attract a good number of foreign skiers and snowboarders to Kyrgyzstan each winter.