Cross-country ski tours – whether as a skills training class or a guided trip in the foothills of the mountains anywhere in Kyrgyzstan – open the world of winter tourism even to visitors with no experience at all. Cross-country is great as a standalone activity, as well as a useful training regime for visitors who would later like to go on to learn downhill or freeride skiing.
Horse trekking in winter, typically on mellow trails and in regions with lower snowfall, is another option for exploring snowy landscapes – full-day trips up and down an easy valley, with a break for lunch and tea near a picturesque frozen waterfall or a view of craggy peaks covered in snow, make for excellent outings that the entire family can enjoy.
After any family journey into the winter wilds, a hot-spring soak is a welcome itinerary addition. Kyrgyzstan is home to countless hot springs, offering everything from backcountry wilderness pools to upscale hotel resorts, but all offer the opportunity to take away winter's cold and life's worries.