|The view from the ski area|
Yesterday I went with some work friends to the Ak Bulak Ski area. The drive out of town was beautiful despite the left-over clouds from Monday's snowstorm. Apple orchards line the roads and the mountains, always to the right, were white with new snow.
|Fruit orchards outside Almaty|
I didn't go skiing though. I was there for the ice rink. A beautiful, full sized rink sits just below the resort hotel. You can purchase ice time at the desk in the hotel lobby for 1000 tenge.