Brief informative reference:
The ice skating rink Medeu located at the altitude of 1,691.2 meters above sea level is world-known. It was erected in 1972. The ice surface occupies 10.5 thousand sq.m., which allows to conduct contests in skating sport, hockey and figure skating.
Soft climate in the gorge, optimal level of solar radiation, not high atmospheric pressure, gentle breeze and clean glacial water – all this provided high-mountain skating rink with wide popularity.
More than 120 world records were established here by famous sportsmen. During last years the skating rink was improved after conducted modernization.
The mountain valley was named in honor of Medeo, a wanderer who lived in the last century and established own aul in this picturesque site.
High-mountain skating rink is beautiful in any weather. You can admire its beauty from the high point to which you will be raised by the popular stairs of ascension built at the flank of hill Mohnatka. From the city it looks just like a slope covered with dense trees, hence it got its name. At the beginning of the last century the monastic grotto was located here. Up to now pilgrims come here and arrange divine worships.
Several years in succession the ice skating rink turned into the large concert ground where the popular international music festival “Voice of Asia” (“Azia Dauysy”) was carried out in which not only Kazakhstan performers but also variety stars from all over the world take part.
Several years in succession the ice skating rink turned into the large concert ground where the popular international music festival “Voice of Asia” (“Azia Dauysy”) was carried out in which not only Kazakhstan performers but also variety stars from all over the world take part. Reinforced concrete plates are built in the ice surface in which 170 km cooling pipes are distributed. The system of artificial ice freezing does not have analogs worldwide and allows to maintain the ice surface of the skating rink during 8 months per year.
Skating in days off during long years has already become a good tradition not only for city inhabitants but also for guests of Almaty.
Anti-mudflow dam Medeo is located in 25 km from Almaty city at the altitude of 1733 meters above sea level. It was erected for city protection against mudflow forming on peaks of the Western Tien Shan.
The dam has 3 successive altitude levels. Special water reservoir allows to hold about 6 millions cubic meters of water.
Stairs known to city inhabitants and tourists consisting of 842 steps leads to the dam. Contests on ascension along this unique stairs are regularly carried out.