Sports Judge Killed In Avalanche At Shymbulak In Almaty, Kazakhstan

Sports Judge Killed In Avalanche At Shymbulak In Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan – At approximately 14:00 on February 7, 2017 Alexei Belosludtseva, 31, was snowboarding in an off piste area when he was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche at Shymbulak ski resort in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Up to 50 rescuers and multiple search dogs responded to the scene. They removed the body of 31-year-old Alexei Belosludtseva from the snow at 15:23. He had been buried 2.5 meters deep ( At 16:14 doctors pronounced the man dead.

Belosludtseva was a technical judge who was part of the Krasnoyarsk freestyle delegation. He was a judge for the snowboard cross event during the Universiade 2017 in Almaty.

Almaty 2017 is the 28th Winter Universiade. During this event, 2000 student athletes ages 17 to 28 from over 57 countries compete in a variety of winter sports. The 2017 Almaty event runs from January 29 to February 8. This accident occurred outside of the Universiade 2017 events and trails.

The Shymbulak (Chimbulak) Ski Resort is located 25km outside Almaty city. There are three ski lifts at the resort with the highest going to 3200 meters above sea  level. There is also a Hotel located at the Resort, enabling those wishing to ski during the day, have a place to stay at night.

Shymbulak is part-owned by a businessman called Serzhan Zhumashov, a close acquaintance of the Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev. He is the chairman of the construction firm Capital Partners and has a fortune estimated at £130m. Nordea, the Swedish bank linked to global tax evasion scandal, is accused of helping an oligarch Serzhan Zhumashov, close to Kazakhstan’s dictator president.

Six years ago he helped fund the first British private school to open a campus in Kazakhstan. Haileybury, which educated Clement Attlee, among others, set up a school in Almaty where wealthy Kazakhs send their children to receive a British public school education.