The ski resort of Shymbulak is the best-developed winter sports venue in Kazakhstan. The origins of the resort lay in the post-war Soviet desire to develop a centre for downhill skiing. The facilities have been considerably expanded over the last few years. Improvements include the construction of a 4.5 km gondola from Medeu to Shymbulak, new chairlifts and an upgrading of the restaurants at the resort.
During winter months the venue is ideal for skiing, snowboarding, sledging. There is a good ski school for those who want to acquire skiing skills. In summer, autumn and spring the resort is open for hiking and picnic. The location of the resort on the slopes of a tall mountain provides a good viewing platform to see the city from above. Plus the quality of the air in the mountains is superb and good for health.