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Cat Skiing Bakhmaro

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro5/519
Cat Skiing Bakhmaro5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews
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Cat Skiing Bakhmaro - Reviews

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro - Reviews

One of the best ski experiences I’ve ever had!

29/01/2024

Tristan A

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Tristan A

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    United States
  • Admin Rating
    5

One of the best ski experiences I’ve ever had!

29/01/2024
One of the best ski experiences I’ve ever had - hats off to Ingo and his team! Just about everything was well executed and skiing itself was just out of this world. There’s just too much to include in a brief review so here are a couple of highlights:

- We were hitting a solid 8+ runs a day and averaging between 4500-5000m vertical
- The terrain was super varied, from poplar forest runs to open alpine slopes, and we went to a new location every day
- Even with 4-5 groups out there, we hardly crossed anyone’s tracks, scoring several epic first tracks during the week.
- Not that this was entirely planned but, the groups and mix of skiers/boarders was great with everyone at a similar ability level and no laggers. Also, just a fantastic group of people #internationalcat
- Every meal was outrageously good, with at least 8 homemade dishes and a different variation of kachapuri every night. Be ready for some cheese!
- Our guide, Giorgi, got some fantastic footage of us including some seriously good-looking drone shots which I’ll definitely be sharing with everyone I know! Props to Giorgi, the other guides, and our Cat driver- real stand-up folks who found fresh spots for us every day!

So there we go! I’m *almost* tempted not to post this review since I’d like the experience not to change one bit, but Ingo and all the people at Powerproject deserve the recognition. Thanks for everything!
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Is All Its Cracked Up To Be!

25/09/2023

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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Admin Rating
    5

Is All Its Cracked Up To Be!

25/09/2023

Sometimes trips to incredibly snowy locations don’t quite as planned, and our time in Bakhmaro during a few days in February 2023 with Ingo & his superb crew went a little like that. But regardless, what we saw at Bakhmaro is everything we expected and more. Huge volumes of snow (more on that later), gorgeous terrain including incredible tree skiing, the most wonderful food, and professional guiding, snowcat driving and service.

Staying in the 'Base' guesthouse accommodation was fun, with exceptional food & hospitality shown to all the guests. Putting your soiled toilet paper into a bin (to avoid plumbing blockages) and some water interruption issues let it down slightly, but such is life in the backcountry deep in winter. The alternative accommodation, the Pioneers Lodge, looks like a magnificent oasis in winter, and is the pick for anyone wanting a 4-star hotel experience.

Whilst at Bakhmaro (for only 4 nights in the end ...... long story!), the incredible weather dropped over a metre of snow each night for 3 nights in a row, producing bottomless snow conditions and high avalanche danger during our very short stay, so skiing was limited for us to low angle, but perfectly spaced trees. The guides were highly motivated and cognisant of the groups safety. All we heard about on our arrival was how amazing the day's skiing had been, just before the worst of the storm arrived that night. Oh well, it’s not often we miss the best of it, and clearly the entire group (from all over the world too) was well satisfied with the outcome.

For a group of Powderhounds, it is no surprise that we adored the local dogs. They are such characters and add another beautiful dimension to an already magical experience. They love going on ski-tours out from the village too and will follow as best they can.

Having the kitchen crew do some traditional dance with us after some shots of cha-cha (local strong spirit) around the fireplace was another great experience.

We spent too short a time at Bakhmaro during that most hectic of snowstorms. Conditions cleared only briefly during our time there, but of course it was clearing the day we needed to leave! But what our time showed us was that despite all the challenges of operating in Georgia, in a remote, high snowfall zone, Ingo and team of drivers, guides, & hospitality workers are a super professional organisation that can provide whatever 'goods' you are seeking.

Bring your fattest skis and get here this season, otherwise you'll only be a year older when you do!


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Brilliant Trip!!

Kirsten Wardman
28/02/2023
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Switzerland
  • Admin Rating
    1

Brilliant Trip!!

Kirsten Wardman
28/02/2023
Top 2 ski trips of all-time.
Had epic pow the first week It was so insane that we decided to book a second week.
The Georgian guides were tip-top,- fun and professional.....they always got us into the untracked stashes.
Met tons of really cool people from all over Europe.
Ingo runs a very well organised operation.
We will be back!!!!
fyi, The Bakhmaro bar is a definite must.
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Guro
25/01/2023
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Norway
  • Admin Rating
    1

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Guro
25/01/2023
A lot of powder, excellent guide, great accomodation and food. A very professional crew! Definetly coming back.
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Powderproject Bakhmaro Cat Skiing

31/01/2022

Gregor Bencina

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Gregor Bencina

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Slovenia
  • Admin Rating
    3

Powderproject Bakhmaro Cat Skiing

31/01/2022
In few words...one of the best powder trips ever.
The overall organisation of powderproject team and their soul - Ingo is amazing!
We had an amazing week of skiing Japanese like snow and terrain of your dreams here....the feeling is as you would get yourself into "all you can eat" powder restaurant with Michelin quality dishes. We skied our guts out each day from dawn till dusk on uncrowded remote Bakhmaro terrains that are accessible only to guests of Ingo and his team. The vision that they have is something am sure will develop this location much further and to an exclusive level not matched in many places on the globe.
The Pioneers lodge offers amazing housing experience, the food there is amazing and the team heartily breaths with the place. We'll come back for more with 100% certainty!
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Bakhmaro-Gomismta

Andrew Buchan
23/08/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Admin Rating
    2

Bakhmaro-Gomismta

Andrew Buchan
23/08/2020
Great skiing. Loved the cha cha. Amazing hospitality. The toasts were the best part of the evening. Thank you.
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What an Adventure!

Scott
26/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    United Arab Emirates
  • Admin Rating
    3

What an Adventure!

Scott
26/01/2020
We have just returned from an exceptional week in Powder Project's lodge in the high Alpine above Bakhmaro. Ingo Schlutius and his team were simply fantastic. It was clear that safety was at the forefront of Ingo's mind at all times but he consistently put us on the powder. On arrival, the mountains looked very windblown and scarred but this team clearly know the area very well and are able to sniff out the good lines on the powder. Every day seemed to get better and better: from amazing tree lines, to open runs from the peak; on our last day we skied chest deep powder and were reluctant to leave. The Georgian hospitality was fantastic with great food and good times. I can't recommend this trip highly enough. It really was an epic adventure and great fun.
Thanks to all at Powderproject.ch and I hope to ski with you again. Scotty
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Bakhmaro January 2020

Ben
16/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Mixed Group
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    UK
  • Admin Rating
    4

Bakhmaro January 2020

Ben
16/01/2020
What a fantastic place! Powderproject Bakhmaro is a professionally run extremely hospitable operation. From start to finish everything is dealt with in a smooth and efficient manner.

Transfers are well organised especially given the terrain between Kutaisi and the town of Bakhmaro. Once you arrive at the lodge you are looked after by the amazing lodge staff who produce unbelievable amounts of high-quality local food and drink to keep you sustained during your visit.

The guides and cat drivers are of the highest quality and the cats themselves are of very high quality.

The terrain offers a great mixture of high alpine, coastal pine forest and gladed birch trees which is unique to any other area I had been in before. Therefore over the course of a week, there is plenty of variety to keep you entertained. There is certainly plenty of snow as well, even early season, despite a few days with no new snow the scale of the ski area ensures there are always new pockets to open up and explore fresh lines.

Overall Powderproject offers an amazing experience at a very reasonable price. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a ski/snowboard adventure into this beautiful part of Georgia.
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Just Amazing

Ali
13/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Admin Rating
    3

Just Amazing

Ali
13/01/2020
What the team have built in Bakhmaro is exceptional. Yes the rooms are a little noisy and the power went of a couple of times (immediately fixed) but that's all just part of the experience. Georgia was a total surprise, we were aware the snow could be amazing and the terrain was going to be great but meeting the people and eating the food was an absolute delight!

Its quite far from Scotland but I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys great skiing and is looking for an adventure.

The quality of the guiding by Bernd and his team is second to none. Perfect balance of safety and fun. Ingo and his team have pulled off the remarkable and I can't wait to see it grow (no too much!) over the next few years.

We will be back no questions
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AN AWSOME WEEK IN BAKHMARO (JANUARY 2020)

Pili Royo
08/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Spain
  • Admin Rating
    4

AN AWSOME WEEK IN BAKHMARO (JANUARY 2020)

Pili Royo
08/01/2020
We’ve spent an awesome week in Bakhmaro. The atmosphere has been so warm… People from Georgia in the hut were so nice, the cook Bacho very kind and the food was excellent… Barbara was lovely, our guide Berndt… so nice. And our free-rider colleagues were… super nice. The different views from different hills in Backmaro… were unbelievable. We could see the Black Sea, Turkey, Russia, High Caucasus… And free-ride in open spaces or in the forest… amazinggggg. The last day we were skiing with Ingo and we didn’t repeat any line… all mountain for us… always looking for new lines until we got exhausted. Snow cat drivers were very good. An unforgettable week. So… thanks to all Ingo Team for this lovely week and… SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!!!
Jordi&Pili
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