Spend winter in Georgia - Top ski resorts not to miss this year
04 December, 2017
Winter is already here, and Georgia is getting ready for the new ski season at the country’s leading winter resorts. There are several reasons why one should spend his/her winter holidays in Georgia.

Winter in Georgia is amazing. There are several exciting ski resorts in the country where you can practice skiing and snowboarding, relax, get rid of stress, feel adrenaline rush, enjoy snow, sun, and breathe fresh air. Three of the most popular destinations for winter vacations are Gudauri,
Bakuriani and Mestia.

Nowadays, Georgia boasts three new resorts: Hatsvali and Tetnuldi in Svaneti, and Goderdzi in Adjara.

It should be mentioned that the prices are affordable and the nature is breathtaking. In the season 2017-2018 there are five options for spending your unforgettable winter holidays: Bakuriani, Gudauri, Goderdzi, Hatsvali and Tetnuldi.

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For more detailed information, let us give you a short virtual tour through the Georgia’s best ski resorts:

Bakuriani - Winter paradise for the skiers

Bakuriani, one of the most popular winter sports and recreation destinations in Georgia, is located in the Borjomi Region, 1700 m above sea level on the northern slope of Trialeti Range, 180 km to the north of the capital Tbilisi. The resort was originally developed as an Olympic training facility. Nowadays, many international athletes come here to practice their skills.

As long as usually winter is long here (from December to March ) and the area is quite snowy, the resort is a real paradise for skiers and snowboarders.The area is graced with rich spruce-fir forests that filters the air.

Bakuriani is situated under the shadows of the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains, only a three-hour drive from Tbilisi. It offers some of the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding area in Europe.
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Bakuriani. Photo courtesy Radiotravel

Here, you can enjoy the downhill ski runs, cross-country trails, horseback tours, sledding or simply take long walks through beautiful snowy forests.

There are several main trails in Bakuriani, such as Kokhta (2,255 m high), Didveli (1861 m high) and Mitarbi (1500m high). Bakuriani’s cross-country trails attract expert skiers as well as beginners. Two of the most challenging runs begin on Mt. Kokhta and Mt. Didveli. The resort is also a superb venue for children to take their first steps in winter sports; ideal for families and popular among the young generations. Ropeways, ski-jumps, ski-tracks, cross-country skiing, horse-rides, horse-drawn sledges and snowmobiles, all can be found in Bakuriani.

Guide services are available through many hotels and shops.
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Bakuriani. Photo courtesy Meli Travel

Resort offers: 8 Ski lifts, 27 km of ski runs 15% with artificial snow, levels of ski tracks - intermediate, advanced and expert, night skiing. One day multipass costs around 15 Euro for adults and 9 Euro for kids.
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Photo courtesy Qualitrips.com

How to get there:

Train from Tbilisi Railway Station to Borjomi Railway Station
Tbilisi – Borjomi – 2 GEL
Borjomi – Bakuriani (famous “Kukushka” steam engine ) – 1 GEL
Minibus from Kutaisi Bus Station to Bakuriani:
Kutaisi – Bakuriani – 11 GEL

Goderdzi - The most snowy ski resort in Georgia

A new ski resort Goderdzi was opened in December 2015 in the mountainous Adjara Region, southwestern Georgia.

Goderdzi Ski Resort is located at an altitude of 2,000 meters, 252 km away from Tbilisi, in the highlands of Adjara on the Goderdzi Pass. It lies in only 110 km from the most popular seaside resort of Batumi, the capital of Adjara. Goderdzi is an ideal four-season mountain resort and is considered as the most snowy ski resort in Georgia due to its location and the high level of precipitation. It works at full capacity from November till April.
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Goderdzi Ski Resort

The resort is distinguished for its nature, fresh air, mesmerizing views and well-equipped skiing tracks. Two gondola lifts are operating there. The highest point is 2390 m above sea level.

The eight- kilometer long ski run offers its visitors various types of tracks such as intermediate, advanced and expert. The resort is distinguished from other winter resorts in Georgia by the longest ski trail.
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Photo courtesy Vaja Diasamidze

Goderdzi Pass offers two cable lines to its guests. Here, two cable cars will serve the holidaymakers: 8-seat gondola and 6-seat bubble. At the place there are available a hotel, guesthouses and cottages as well. Alpine mountains and forest hiking, bicycle and horseback riding are offered in summer.

Resort offers: 2 Ski lifts, 8 km of ski runs, different levels of ski tracks - intermediate, advanced and expert, ski tours.
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How to get there:

If you drive from Batumi, the central town of Adjara region, you reach Goderdzi in 2 hours. Train from Tbilisi Railway Station to Batumi Railway Station
Tbilisi – Batumi – 1st Class – 40 GEL, 2nd Class – 23 GEL.

As for accommodation, you can stay there in the hotel or in cottages. The villages nearby have a lot of homestays as well.

Gudauri – Georgia’s most popular ski resort

Alpine resort Gudauri, Georgia’s one of the first and most popular winter resorts in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway is situated at 2200 m above sea level.

It is located 120 km to the north of the capital Tbilisi.Gudauri is the best ski resort in Georgia with well-developed infrastructure and skiable area enjoying maximum exposure to the sun.
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Gudauri. Photo courtesy Giorgi Shermazanashvili

The resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. It is a perfect mountain ski resort for all levels of skiers and snowboarders and moreover, it is a quite suitable place to share unforgettable moments with your family and friends.

The season in Gudauri begins in l December and lasts till the end of April. From Tbilisi to Gudauri it is only two hours drive.

The highest point of the resort is Mount Sadzele - 3307 m above the sea level.
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Photo courtesy Fusion travel Georgia

The Gudauri Ski Resort area is excellent for ski touring which gives the visitors an opportunity to access nature as it was intended to be seen. The lifts provide easy access to the mountain wilderness that makes this region special. Since there are no trees on the slopes, it is a perfect place for free ride skiers. Gudauri is Georgia's most renowned site for heliskiing, speed riding and paragliding. Experienced instructors are always ready to accompany customers in those activities.
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Photo courtesy Levan Gokadze

The first lift (Pirveli) is 1,010 m long (three chairs), the second (Soliko) is 2,310 m long (four chairs) and the third (Snow Park) is 1,060 m long (three chairs). There is two very short beginner lifts, one sledging lift. The most recent construction is a modern 6 person chairlift called Shino.

Resort offers: 11 Ski lifts including gondola lift and 3 moving carpets, 70 km of ski runs 15% with artificial snow, levels of ski tracks - beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert, night Skiing, heli-ski and ski tours.

How to get there:
Minibus from Tbilisi Didube Station to Gudauri:
Tbilisi – Gudauri – 7 GEL.
High class hotels ,guesthouses and cottages can be found at the place.

New ski resorts in Svaneti Region- Hatsvali and Tetnuldi

Choosing Svaneti as a place for winter vacation is always a right decision. Surrounded by 5000 m peaks, Svaneti is one of Georgia’s most historic and unique areas located in the northwestern part of the country. It is a remote place where ancient culture and wild nature meets modern infrsatucture facilities.

Svaneti is best known for its superb house-towers, most of them dating back to the 12-13th centuries, which served as defensive buildings during invasions.

Moerover these towersare included in UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Svaneti. Photo courtesy Giorgi Nikolava

In Svaneti, there are two modern ski resorts: Hatsvali and Tetnuldi.

First Svanetian resort, Hatsvali, is 8 km away from Mestia, a highland townlet in Svaneti Region. It is a new resort which started operating several years ago. Lower lift station is located at an altitude of 1865 meters; the equipment rentals are nearby. The upper cable car station is located on Mount Zuruldi (2347 m).

Ski lift will take you up to the mountain Zuruldi within 10 minutes. At the resort there are also two smaller ski lifts 600 and 800 meters long.

Hatsvali

Currently, there are three tracks in use in Hatsvali: red (1900 m), blue (2600 m) and one for the beginners (300 m). Basically, skiers of every level can enjoy one of the world’s most picturesque resorts. If you are looking for extreme feelings, go ahead with freeriding, backcountry, and skitour.
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Hatsvali

The resort offers: 1 ski lift, 7 km of ski runs, 3 levels of ski tracks, night skiing, heli-ski, freeriding, ski tours, off-piste.
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Photo courtesy georgiantravelguide.com

How to get there:

Train from Tbilisi Railway Station to Zugdidi Railway Station
Tbilisi – Zugdidi
08:00 – 13:20 – 13 GEL
Minibus from Zugdidi Railway Station to Mestia
Zugdidi – Mestia – 15 GEL
Minibus from Tbilisi Railway Station to Mestia:
Tbilisi – Mestia – 30 GEL
Small Plane from Tbilisi International Airport Station to Mestia:
Tbilisi – Mestia – 75 GEL

Tetnuldi

Tetnuldi is very special Georgian resort with reasonable prices and ample opportunities of skiing, a real dream for lovers of winter sports and tourism.

Tetnuldi Ski Resort, the largest ski resort in Svaneti region, the second largest throughout Georgia after the most popular ski resort – Gudauri, has been operating in Svaneti since February 2016. It is called after Tetnuldi Mountain.
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Tetnuldi. Photo courtesy snowmagazine.com

Skiing area in Tetnuldi concentrated on the northern, western and south-western slopes of Mount Tetnuldi (4858 m), at altitudes from 1600 m to 3165 m. It can be reached from Mestia town by taxi or shuttle bus from the hotel. Trails in this region are quite diverse and the total length amounts to 25 km. The longest trail reaches 9.5 km.
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The resort offers: 4 ski lifts, 30 km of ski runs, 8 ski run, 3 levels of ski tracks – intermediate, advanced and expert, heli-ski, freeriding, ski tours and off-piste.
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Photo courtesy snowmagazine.com

How to get there:

Train from Tbilisi Railway Station to Zugdidi Railway Station
Tbilisi – Zugdidi -13 GEL
Minibus from Zugdidi Railway Station to Mestia
Zugdidi – Mestia – 15 GEL
Minibus from Tbilisi Railway Station to Mestia:
Tbilisi – Mestia – 30 GEL
Small Plane from Natakhtari Airport to Mestia:
Tbilisi – Mestia – 75 GEL

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