#2. Kyrgyzstan’s Ak Tash Mountain

Kyrgyzstan is incredible—a mountainous territory containing 40 different tribes hailing from a nomadic culture that traces directly back to Genghis Khan. The northwestern Himalayas sweep down onto barren, wind-scoured plains where, outside city limits, people mostly live off the land.”—Jennifer Sherowski


It's just a mellow flights over the ocean, and a mellow drive on some rustic roads through a mellow blizzard to get to Karakol. PHOTO: Eric Bergeri

It's just a mellow flights over the ocean, and a mellow drive on some rustic roads through a mellow blizzard to get to Ak Tash. PHOTO: Eric Bergeri

You don't know the meaning of cold until you've experienced a Siberian winter. PHOTO: Eric Bergeri

You don't know the meaning of cold until you've experienced a Siberian winter. PHOTO: Eric Bergeri

Sylvain Bourbousson rocks-to-fakie on a giant rooftop and upon reentry, slides back into the arms of his many adoring Kyrgyz fans. PHOTO: Eric Bergeri

Sylvain Bourbousson rocks-to-fakie on a giant rooftop and upon reentry, slides back into the arms of his many adoring Kyrgyz fans. PHOTO: Eric Bergeri

From the January 2010 issue—a classic TransWorld SNOWboarding travel feature to the ends of the earth. Leave it to the never-ever-road-weary world travelers Eric Bergeri and Jennifer Sherowski to go deep into this mysterious former-Soviet country bordering China—a place called Kyrgyzstan, and document riders Sylvain Bourbousson, Robin Van Gyn, and Chad Otterstrom experiences with Kok-boru, besh barmak, and Karakol’s sugary slopes.