Powderproject

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Powderproject

Powderproject 4.8/59
Powderproject 4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Private guided instructional tours to the Dolomites
Cat skiing in Bakhmaro, Georgia.(© whitehearts.de)
Tree skiing at Bakhmaro. As good as Japan? (Photo Dirk Wagener).
Cat Skiing Bakhmaro terrain in the Lesser Caucasus (Photo C. Frey).
Great powder skiing in the trees at Bahkmaro (Photo Florian Birnkammer).
Bakhmaro village, completely deserted! (Photo Florian Birnkammer)
Cat Skiing Bakhmaro.
The snow at Bakhmaro is ever reliable and deep! (© whitehearts.de)
Glorious tree lines at Bakhmaro. (Photo - Walter Schmid)
Bakhmaro deep snow pack testing the roof a local building! (D.Wagener)
Enjoy cat skiing at Bakhmaro. (© whitehearts.de)
Bakhmarocat skiing terrain is diverse and super fun.
Face shots are part of the Bakhmaro experiece. (Photo Florian Birnkammer)
Cat skiing Bakhmaro crew enjoy their work! (Photo - Florian Birnkammer)
Cat skiing powder at Bakhmaro. (photo - D. Wagener)
Bakhmaro is another world in winter, come explore it. (Photo Dirk Wagener)
Bakhmaro by night. (© whitehearts.de)
BBQ picnic at Bahkmaro.
Powder at Bahmaro (© whitehearts.de).
Sauna room at Bakhmaro. (Photo - Tobias Luthe)
Cat skiing Bakhmaro (Photo - Patrick Ribis)

Powderproject

Overall Rating

Powderproject 4.8/59
Powderproject 4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro & Adjara Georgia

A relatively new cat ski operation in the Lesser Caucasus mountains at Bakhmaro & Adjara in Georgia,  Powderproject delivers an exceptional powder skiing experience for more adventurous skiers & snowboarders.

Having run its first season in 2016/17, it has quickly come to terms with its superb terrain, establishing some fantastic routes with up to 800m skiable vertical from a top elevation of 2755m.  Most runs are below the high summits though, having between 300 to 500m vertical per run. The terrain includes tree skiing of a Japanese quality! Depending on the group, around 10 runs are completed per day (3,000 to 5,000m vertical/day)

Rustic but comfortable accommodation with bunk rooms, dining & sitting rooms, hot running water, a sauna & sensational local food are provided in what is quite a remote location in winter.

Three to four snowcats will be running at Bakhmaro for season 2019/20 and places fill very quickly. Make your inquiry here.

There are two dates for women only cat-ski tours, providing exclusive use of a snowcat to all female ski groups. Inquire here.

In early March the focus turns to combined cat skiing & backcountry ski touring. Two tour dates are offered, make your inquiry here.

New from season 2019/20 is a remote cat ski operation in Adjara. Access is via Bakhmaro & guests are limited to 12. Accommodation is in a rustic alpine hut located at 2400m elevation. Expert skiers & snowboarders with previous backcountry experience should enquire here.

Check out the great video of Bakhmaro from whitehearts.de by selecting the video link in the top photo board.

For more information on all the catski tours offered by Powderproject, select from the tour listings below.

Where is Cat Skiing in Bakhmaro & Adjara Located?

Cat Skiing in Bakhmaro & Adjara is located in the Lesser Caucasus mountains of south-west Georgia. Georgia is on the eastern shore of the Black Sea and is bordered by Russia to the north, Turkey and Armenia to the south. The Caucasus have some of the highest snowfalls in Europe. Bakhmaro is at 2050m elevation only 90km by road south of the Kutaisi (KUT) airport, which in turn is about 24km from Georgia's second largest city, Kutaisi.

There are two gateway airports for Cat Skiing Bahkmaro. From Kutaisi International Airport (KUT) (a.k.a. David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport) Bakhmaro is a 2hr drive & 1,5hr snowcat journey away in winter. Flights to Kutaisi are possible from Milan Malpensa, London - Luton, Berlin, Memmingen - Munich West, Basel & several others. Flights from each origin are every 2 or 3 days.

Tbilisi Airport (TBS) is over 200km further to the east, but is serviced by more flights from a wider range of origins, although transfers for Bakhmaro are only for guests landing at Kutaisi.

To search for a great deal on a flight to Kutaisi or Tbilisi, use our recommended flight search engines.

Snow & Terrain for Cat Skiing Bakhmaro

Snow

The Bakhmaro area is in a high snowfall region of the Lesser Caucasus due to its proximity to the Black Sea.

Snowfall is abundant in early winter & decreases through January with more sunny days as the season progresses.

Powderproject Cat Skiing Bakhmaro Georgia
Powderproject Cat Skiing Bakhmaro Georgia
Powderproject Cat Skiing Bakhmaro Georgia

Terrain

Cat Skiing in the mountains around Bakhmaro ranges in elevation from 1,800m to 2755m. Above 2,100m, the mountains are tree-free.

The summits able to reached are 2,500 & 2,755m. However, the higher elevations are often wind-blown.

Most of the skiing is between 1,800 to 2,300m. The individual runs are between 300 & 500m vertical in altitude.

'Japan like' quality tree skiing runs on well pitched slopes are abundant between 1800m & 2100m elevation.

Depending on the area, the length of the run & the condition of the participants, most groups achieve about 10 runs per day.

Bakhmaro Cat Skiing Review

The Powderhounds will be reviewing Cat Skiing Bakhmaro in season 2019/20. Stay tuned for more information.

Amazing and unique experience

Shabba21/08/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Belgium
  • Admin Rating
    4

Amazing and unique experience

Shabba21/08/2019
Visited mid Feb 2019. Felt like an adventure. Picked up from Kutaisi airport- transport by minibus until couldn't drive any further. Quick shimmy into skiwear and transfer to a waiting snowmobile. Another hour or so uphill via abandoned villages - not so many local people own tracked vehicles. Distant yellow light came into view, got larger, only occupied house in an otherwise empty village. Open the door, into the warmth with laughter, eating and drinking, accordion and singing. Mainly German and Austrian customers, some Brits - maybe around 30 guests in total. All male. friendly Georgian crew looking after us and operating the equipment. New Zealand and German guides.

We were virtually the only people in the mountain range and there was a LOT of powder, refilled daily. Lots of trees, pillows and jumps everywhere (some massive). Sometimes skiied along roads and through back gardens. Mixture of boarders and skiers. Most would be advanced or expert. Nice views out to the black sea and to mount Elbrus.

Powerful Cats with good drivers properly trained in Austria. Ingo and his guys scouted the area, widened the forest tracks and basically created an enormous private playground.

Rode hard every day, on the last day we did over 5700 metres of vertical. Downsides - accommodation basic and walls thin so bring earplugs/noise cancelling headphones. Traditional food hearty rather than gourmet. Quid pro pro of having the mountain to yourself is there are no bars or restaurants in the evenings - so you make your own entertainment. Kutaisi is definitely worth a couple of days - plenty to see, good restaurants and SO cheap.

Contender for my best winter trip so far and I'm looking to return in 2020.

Awesome Cat-ski Trip

Kristina & Peter29/06/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Austria
  • Admin Rating
    3

Awesome Cat-ski Trip

Kristina & Peter29/06/2019
We were in Bakhmaro in December 2018 and had an amazing week with a lot of powder days. Tree runs, open bowls, pillow lines, skiing between through the houses of Bakhmaro - so many different possibilities to ski! But it was not only skiing and the fresh powder what made our week so amazing - Ingo and his team made this week unforgetable. Especially New Years Eve was an unique experience with fantastic georgian food, chacha, dancing and celebrating the begining of 2019.

We can highly reccomend a trip to Bakhmaro for everyone wanting an authentic experience in an amazing country and location surrounded by an amazing Team!

Nice freeride at Bakhmaro with a perfect team

Mélanie Renaud19/06/2019
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  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Switzerland
  • Admin Rating
    5

Nice freeride at Bakhmaro with a perfect team

Mélanie Renaud19/06/2019
We were at Bakhmaro the last week of December 2018. We were looking for a place where there is already snow at this time. We were very happy with our snowboarding trip, the forecast was good, deep snow.

The guide is very professional and super nice. The lodge team (Georgian staff) is really cool, the lodge is comfortable and we eat really well.

My boyfriend broke his bindings the second day. The staff repair temporarily his bindings and order a new bindings in a shop in town and deliver it the next day morning. When we know the place (Bakhmaro is lost in the mountain), we can say that Georgians are incredible!

Everything was perfect, this experience is unforgettable!
We hope to come back soon

Catski Paradise Bakhmaro

Lutz Weigel18/06/2019
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  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Germany

Catski Paradise Bakhmaro

Lutz Weigel18/06/2019
Last February I went to Bakhmaro with big expectations ... and they definitely were exceeded!
"Japanese" treeskiing, pillows, wide area - the weather doesn't matter because there are so many possibilities. Our catdriver Tengo and our guide Bernd Wingert know the area like they had never done anything else before.
We had awesome snow conditions, lots of fresh powder but also sunny days with views to the greater caucasus and the black sea.
The very hospitable and caring team makes sure that you feel welcome and you're having everything you need.
Delicious traditional Georgian food, a simple but comfortable lodge and the Georgian culture create a special atmosphere where you can spend a good time with skiing powder, eating, relaxing and making new experiences.
Last but not least a perfect organisation by Ingo Schlutius and his team: Once you have arrived at the airport there is nothing to worry about anymore because the transfer (by minibus and cat) and your stay in Bakhmaro are arranged very well.
It was an incredible week with many great memories and I'm looking forward to come back next season!

Magic Bakhmaro

Michiel17/06/2019
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  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Georgia

Magic Bakhmaro

Michiel17/06/2019
We were quite sure that Bakhmaro would be a gem but would lie if I would not commit that there also were some doubts about the venture.
After one week with Ingo and his team it was clear that al doubts were unjustified!

This is not only because we had great skiing conditions for the largest part of the trip or because everything has been perfectly organized. It is much more the case because of the obvious love and passion with which Ingo and his team run their business in Bakhmaro. The hospitality has been overwhelming and the food always amazing. Bakhmaro is one of these view magic places on earth and it is clear why powderproject.ch choose it as his new winter home and base.

We would like to thank the entire team for the great experience!

We will be back!
Some pictures from our week in Bakhmaro.

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro

Alexey Tovchigrechko15/06/2019
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  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Germany

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro

Alexey Tovchigrechko15/06/2019
I decided to visit Bakhmaro in March of 2019 when I saw lots of snow in the forecast for the coming week. Skiing powder the whole week is great no matter the place, but in Bakhmaro it was an exceptional experience.

There was a lot of stuff to explore: tree skiing and open bowls, alpine terrain above the tree line, steep pillow lines but also mellow forests allowing us to manage the avalanche risk when snow came in abundance. All that accompanied by absolutely stunning landscapes with views reaching to the Black Sea and Greater Caucasus mountains with Elbrus and co.

Georgian people are famous for their generosity and hospitality not without reason. The local teams gave their very best so every guest enjoyed the stay. The Georgian cuisine is also great and we had a chance to experience different dishes (of course with wine and chacha) every day.

The trip was very professionally organized: transfers from and to Kutaisi, the daily routine, well-kept snowcats and snowmobiles, etc. Experienced snowcat drivers knew the place like the back of their hands. Guides were reliable, knowledgeable and passionate about skiing.

Looking forward to coming back.

Catski Bakhmaro

Sylvia Bauer15/06/2019
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  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Germany

Catski Bakhmaro

Sylvia Bauer15/06/2019
Nothing else as Freeride at it's best.
Cat Skiing in Bakhmaro/Georgia.
Awesome place in the Small Caucasus.
Awesome people .
At the top:
Ingo Schlutius and our Guide Bernd Wingert.
All the Georgian people which were doing all their best, as driver of our cats, as housekeeper in the lodge, everywhere.
The terrain on side was so incredibly diverse.
There is no bad weather or bad snow.
Every day, in the morning, our Guide Bernd , Ingo and the crew decided the right location for us for skiing.
Safety was a top priority despite riding pleasure.
Every day, the whole week, we had first tracks….between trees or beautiful landscape on top the mountains.
With a view of the Black Sea and the Great Caucasus.
Powder all the way above our knees.
It was unbelievable.
Our lodge together with the housekeepers is so charming.
Very good dining.
We all together field like a big family.
I'll come back, for sure!

Georgian Mountain Ski Adventure of a Lifetime

Kathy Bashfield14/06/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Australia

Georgian Mountain Ski Adventure of a Lifetime

Kathy Bashfield14/06/2019
My week of Cat Skiing in Bakhmaro was nothing less than a dream come true. From the day of travel to get to Bakhmaro, Georgia, which included a plane, mini-bus and snow cat, the adventure had already begun and lots of new friendships were already forming. The lodge accommodation was awesome with a huge lounge/dining area to fit the 3 groups of 10 people and there was also a fabulous sauna and relaxation room, with dressing robes included. The food and hospitality from the wonderful staff was absolutely 'World Class'. So much delicious food, drinking, entertainment and dancing, all in true Georgian style. We even had a gorgeous litter of puppies to play with. But, like my friends, I came for the skiing and it didn't disappoint. Ingo, the founder, and his team of guides and cat drivers have spent the past 4 years scouting out the best lines in the beautiful Lesser Caucus Mountains. They know the terrain meticulously and gave us everything you could wish for. Powder runs in the trees, steep descents from the mountain tops, long wide open fields, adventures with walk-outs along creek trails. There was jumping off powder pillows (not by me), plenty of drone footage opportunities and lunch out in the mountains to maximise the ski time. It was such a smorgasbord of different experiences, terrain and snow conditions, and all the time the guides and cat drivers kept our safety as the top priority. For any skier or snowboarder wanting an authentic experience in an amazing country and location, Cat Ski Georgia will not disappoint! I will definitely be returning and I can't wait to see my Georgian friends again. 

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro

Jose Maria De Albert12/06/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    España

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro

Jose Maria De Albert12/06/2019
Amazing place, amazing people and amazing experience. Different to all my free ride trips, it was wild ski and a nice experience to disconnect for one week in the middle of the Georgian mountains and just ski.
Bakhmaro Cat Skiing Packages
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Cat Skiing Bakhmaro DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on transfers, 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board & 6 days guided cat skiing.
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USD 2,310

CAT SKIING BAKHMARO
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on transfers, 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board & 6 days guided cat skiing.
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USD 2,310
The ultimate European cat skiing adventure, Cat Skiing Bakhmaro in Georgia includes airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in the traditional village of Bakhmaro, all meals plus 6 days of cat skiing. More
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 07 - Dec 14, 2019
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2019
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Dec 21 - Dec 28, 2019
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Dec 28 - Jan 04, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Jan 04 - Jan 11, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Jan 11 - Jan 18, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Jan 18 - Jan 25, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Jan 25 - Feb 01, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Feb 01 - Feb 08, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 08 - Feb 15, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Sold Out
Fixed Date(s): Feb 22 - Feb 29, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Sold Out
Fixed Date(s): Feb 29 - Mar 07, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
Availability: Available
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 08 - Mar 21, 2020
Min Days: From 8
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Catski Adjara DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on transfers, 7 nights in a rustic alpine hut, all meals & 6 days guided cat skiing.
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USD 2,310

GUIDED CATSKI ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Expert
Price p/p From price based on transfers, 7 nights in a rustic alpine hut, all meals & 6 days guided cat skiing.
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USD 2,310
The newest European cat skiing adventure, Catski Adjara in Georgia is run by the great crew from Bakhmaro & includes airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in a rustic alpine hut, all meals plus 6 days of guided cat skiing. More
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 07 - Dec 14, 2019
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
Availability: Enquire
Fixed Date(s): Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2019
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
Availability: Enquire
Fixed Date(s): Dec 21 - Dec 28, 2019
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 28 - Jan 04, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 04 - Jan 11, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 11 - Jan 18, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 18 - Jan 25, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 25 - Feb 01, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 01 - Feb 08, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 08 - Feb 15, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 22 - Feb 29, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 29 - Mar 07, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,310
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Cat Skiing Bakhmaro Women's Tour DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on all transfers, 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board & 5-6 days guided cat skiing.
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USD 2,530

CAT SKIING BAKHMARO WOMENS TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on all transfers, 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board & 5-6 days guided cat skiing.
Base/invoice currency is in Euro ex taxes.
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USD 2,530
The ultimate European women-only cat-skiing adventure, Cat Skiing Bakhmaro in Georgia includes all transfers, 7 nights accommodation in the traditional village of Bakhmaro, all meals plus 6 days of cat skiing in an all female group. More
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 18 - Jan 25, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,530
Availability: Available
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Cat Ski & Tour Bakhmaro DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board, transfers, 3 days guided cat skiing & 3 days guided ski touring
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USD 1,815

CAT SKI & TOUR BAKHMARO
8 Days | 7 Nights | 3 Days Cat-skiing | 3 Days Ski-touring

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board, transfers, 3 days guided cat skiing & 3 days guided ski touring
Base/invoice currency is in Euro ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,815
The perfect backcountry mix of cat skiing & ski touring in Bakhmaro Georgia includes airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation,, all meals, guides, 3 days cat skiing & 3 days ski touring. More
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 07 - Mar 14, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,815
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Mar 14 - Mar 21, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,815
Availability: Enquire
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