Skiing in Uzbekistan may not have crossed your mind before but a new ski resort has just opened 65km east of capital Tashkent that’s been built at a cost of €100m, offers five-star accommodation, and has lift passes costing less than £15 a day.
The Amirsoy Mountain Resort features a Doppelmayr built gondola and chairlift, Italian TechnoAlpin snowmaking and is run by an Andorra-based management company. There are seven groomed runs, the longest of which is Bravo (2,383m), plus opportunities for off-piste and heli-skiing and accommodation is provided by a brand new luxury hotel.
Lift passes start from UZS 185,000 (£14.75) per day; and there is a 50% discount for children and senior citizens. Further discounts are offered for those skiing on two or more consecutive days.
Uzbekistan is visa free for 65 nationalities (including EU passport holders), and has direct flights twice a week from London Heathrow to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways.