Lost in a skiers’ dream – German adventurers’ mind-blowing journey in Bakhmaro, Georgia
06 March, 2017
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Dirk Wagener, a German photographer, outdoorer, skier, and a journalist, along with his team of photographers and filmers are always in a search for the best places for freeride skiing. They decided to visit Bakhmaro, located in the western region of Georgia, Guria. As Dirk told Georgian Journal, they are looking for the best conditions of winter to shoot the perfect moments of skiing.

“During the last years we have published many photos of skiing, freeriding, snow and winter here at WhiteHearts-Facebook. But since our extraordinary trip and time in Bakhmaro, Georgia, we have discovered a totally new winter-photo-discipline: The photographing of pillow houses,” description to their Facebook page Georgian gallery reads.
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“A friend of us - Ingo Schlutius - brought a snowcat and sleds to Georgia, with them it was possible to climb up the snowy and 15 km long mountain road to Bakhmaro. As statistics told us before, the lesser Caucasus and Bakhmaro is the best place for skiing in Georgia, because there is the most snow each winter. What we found, confirms this fact. It was really a paradise,” Dirk told us.
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The adventurers rent a wooden hut and with the help of locals got heat ovens with wood. They stayed for four weeks in the “winter paradise of Bakhmaro”, as they call it.

“We hope from now Bakhmaro will be untouched again at last in winter. It's a diamond. And this diamond Bakhmaro should sleep without interruption in the winter,” Dirk says.

We present to you the pictures and a film about the journey to Bakhmaro.
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Prologue to the film reads as follows:

“In times like these, in which man dominates nature so heavily, untouchedness, wilderness and loneliness are more and more rare. Thus the true values of freeriding also vanish. In times like these, real adventures threaten to be replaced by virtual experiences in front of computer- and TV-displays. But they still exist - the magical places. Winter landscapes of such extraordinary beauty and seclusion, which seemed to be lost. Places that show us what we have lost in the presence of civilization and consumption. A place with this extraordinary charm is the village of Bakhmaro in Georgia. Well hidden at 2,000 meters altitude in
the small Caucasus. A village, which due to its inaccessibility rests every year in the deepest winter sleep. Due to a 15 kilometer-long pass road and the lack of heavy machinery and snowblowers, this road can not be cleared of snow from October to May. And that in the midst of a region blessed by snowfalls of incredible proportions.
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A treeskiing dream and powder therapy at the same time for every real freeride addict. Backcountry-skiing without any competitors. Lonely lines and runs, which you can enjoy stress-free and which are snowed nearly daily by new snowfalls. Basis for this experience are the following things: a pistenbully or motors sleds with which climbing the pass road is possible, a rustic wooden hut, which can be inhabited in the seclusion of the village, a few tons of wood, to keep fires in the cast-iron stoves in the house burning, the help of local people, with which you get food, water and diesel from the valley to the remote mountain village and a big portion of adventure spirit. If you cross the gate to this winter paradise in the Lesser Caucasus, you return to originality, simplicity, freedom and true beauty. Our plan was to stay one week, finally it ended in four weeks. Thank you Bakhmaro. You have awakened us and reduced us to the roots of Freeride.”
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Video/Photo courtesy of
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