Almaty’s renowned outdoor skating rink Medeo opened its doors for the season on Oct. 4.
Medeo is located 1,691 metres above sea level, which makes it the highest skating rink in the world. The mountain valley was named in honour of Medeo, a wanderer who lived in the early 20th century and established settlements in the mountains atop the Almaty mountain range.
The rink’s hours of operation have changed from last year, according to information from the rink’s website. Weekday skating sessions now begin at 6 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays and the weekends, there will be two sessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and an evening session from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Two-hour skate rental starts from $10 for adults, $4 for students while children until 7 years old and pensioners are allowed to skate for free. Rooms at the adjacent Medeu hotel can also be rented for $30 for a regular room or $100 for a deluxe room. The facility also offers a sauna, gym and conference hall for business meetings.