Experts compared the cost of winter holidays for Russians in neighboring visa-free countries of Georgia, Armenia and Kazakhstan and found out that Russian tourists clearly underestimate Kazakhstan, Interfax-Tourism informs. Bookings are less by an order, although the rest in Shymbulak in Almaty is 15% cheaper!
Aviasales.kz also surveyed six thousand travelers and found out that only 12% consider Kazakhstan as a ski destination. The majority (72%) choose Georgia, another 16% - Armenia. However, while everyone flies to ride in Gudauri and Tsakhkadzor, Shymbulak remains a more profitable destination.
Thus, weekly accommodation in a three-star hotel near the resort will cost only 57 thousand tenge. Comparable housing in Gudauri is four times more expensive! Hotels in Tsakhkadzor are 15% more expensive than in Kazakhstan.
Another plus in favor of Kazakhstan is the opportunity for Russians to enter the country without a passport.
Thus, Georgia definitely loses at the cost of rest. Armenia and Kazakhstan are comparable in prices for ski passes, moreover they are more convenient in terms of documents. However, Shymbulak remains a more attractive option, as it allows saving up to 15% on accommodation. In addition, as shown by the statistics of winter bookings, fly to Kazakhstan in January and February is four times less than from Russia to Armenia and Georgia, which means there will definitely not be a crush on the slopes and no queues at the ticket office.
Experts advise to select airfares using a low price card, where it is enough to choose the months of departure. The service will filter offers from the cheapest to the most expensive (what if you still want to be in Courchevel).