Will Georgia become an international winter sport destination?
27 November, 2018
Will Georgia become an international winter sport destination?
… asks the New York Times in its latest ski issue. In order to find an answer, the journalists travelled to Georgia and spent a ski holiday in Bakuriani and Gudauri. What he was promised were towering Caucasus Mountains, affordable skiing without the crowds, an exotic and undiscovered country with great food. What did he get? Actually, all of it – with all the benefits and disadvantages that belong to it.

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The report describes Gudauri as a decent ski resort with around 20 miles of groomed runs with good vertical drops (up to 1,800 feet) and mostly fast, modern lifts. Although Gudauri is Georgia’s biggest and most popular ski resort, it is never crowded. The author praises the possibility to explore the ungroomed backcountry, thanks to a fleet of snowmobiles at the top of the main gondola waiting for the skiers.

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Gudauri is the biggest ski resort in Georgia

Less well received by the author was the town of Gudauri itself. A characterless collection of mostly bland rental apartments, hotels and a handful of restaurants and bars, says the article. In contrast, the town Bakuriani, a ramshackle place, but one with a certain charm. Its runs are favored by professional skiers for a bit of practice on the weekends, thanks to fewer crowds and a good vertical drop.

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The runs of Bakuriani are better suited for more advanced ski drivers

Read more: Goderdzi winter resort- "white pearl" in Adjara, Georgia

However, the report isn’t afraid telling what was less appealing to the author, mainly the infrastructure. The author describes a nerve-racking car ride through a narrow tunnel while crossing a long convoy of trucks. Also, he mentions the video of the malfunctioning lift at Gudauri that went viral last year. The authors’ conclusion: Georgia has got the basic elements covered – such as good food, beautiful mountains, dependable snow and welcoming people. The rest Georgians will be figuring out as they go along.

Source: New York Times

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