Skiing Georgia

Ski untracked powder in the wilds of Georgia. (Photo Gudauri Travel)
Cat skiing at Bahkmaro, Georgia -powder skiing in comfort. (©whitehearts.de)
Ride one the newest ski resorts in the world at Goderdzi, Georgia.
Classic Georgia sidecountry skiing into quiet mountain villages.
Ski Georgia's largest resort at Gudauri.
It pewks snow in Georgia.
The Caucasus have one of Europe's best snow packs. (©whitehearts.de)
Visit ancient towns like Mestia when skiing Georgia (Photo: The Adventure Project)
Ski and snowboard new resorts in Georgia like Tetnuldi (Photo: The Adventure Project)
Stay in quality slopeside accommodation at Gudauri ski resort
Ski powder in Georgia (Photo: The Adventure Project)

Skiing Georgia

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Ski & Snowboard Georgia

Everyone knows that the skiing in Georgia is awesome, right? "Is there skiing in Georgia" you ask? Of course, we aren't talking about the state of Georgia in the US! We are talking about the country of Georgia located in the Caucasus near the Black Sea south of Russia. Georgia is a land of high adventure, an ancient culture, a few challenges, wonderful food & hospitality, but more than anything else it has high mountains & loads of snow.

Skiing & snowboarding in Georgia is going through an exciting period of expansion. Entirely new ski resorts and ever improving lift and piste infrastructure is creating new opportunities for powder hounds to explore this fascinating part of the planet, and at some of the cheapest lift pass prices in the world. But the ski resorts are only one part of the ski Georgia equation. The backcountry ski touring is second to nowhere. Replete with remote mountains, there are still a multitude of places that will never have been skied before. Reason enough to find out what it is like for ourselves. Lets go....

Georgian Ski Resorts

Located in the Caucasus range south of Europe's highest mountain, Mt Elbrus (5642m), ski resorts in Georgia have some impressive statistics. Georgia's largest & most popular ski resort is Gudauri in the Greater Caucasus, just north Tbilisi. Gudauri ski resort has a top elevation of 3250m & a 1250m skiable vertical. A modern lift infrastructure, 60km+ of piste, a longest piste trail of 7km, massive freeride terrain & a lift ticket price less than 20USD make it a serious prospect. Gudauri has recently expanded its terrain again....... must get there to check it out. be quick though. It is expanding exponentially & may soon no longer be the 'next big thing'.

Georgia can boast about having the newest ski resorts in Europe. One of them is a 6hr drive north of Kutaisi near the historic town of Mestia in the remote Svaneti region. Below the 4858m Mount Tetnuldi, the Tetnuldi ski resort has long piste trails, brand new lifts, 950m of skiable vertical in high alpine terrain, a top elevation of 3160m, abundant freeride powder & very few people skiing it. The backcountry ski touring from the resort & surrounding valleys is epic & includes amazing villages with fortified tower houses like Ushguli. Opposite Mestia is a tasty ski resort morsel called Hatsvali with fun looking tree skiing possibilities too. Seems to be a perfect recipe for an epic ski adventure.

To the south of the country in the snowy Lesser (or Little) Caucasus, the new resort of Goderdzi plans to triple its lift capacity over the next few years. There is talk of another resort development planned for near Bakhmaro too.

Cat Skiing Georgia

Even more exciting than the ski resort developments, is the cat ski operation that has established itself in the Lesser Caucasus mountains at Bakhmaro. Run by a professional Swiss-German crew utilising fabulous local talent, Powderproject's Cat Skiing Bakhmaro delivers an exceptional experience for more adventurous skiers & snowboarders. Having run its first season in 2016/17, it has quickly come to terms with its superb terrain & is expanding every year; opening a new high mountain base in nearby Adjara for season 2019/20.

Where is Georgia?

Georgia is in the Caucasus region on the east coast of the Black Sea, wedged between Russia to the north and Turkey & Armenia to the south. It is about 3000km east of Munich!

Main gateway airports are the capital Tbilisi (TBS) & the second largest city of Kutaisi (KUT). The airports are at opposite sides of the country, nearly 4hr drive apart (270km). Your final destination will dictate your choice of airport. For Gudauri, Tbilisi is your entry, for Bakhmaro & Adjara or Tetnuldi & the Svaneti, Kutaisi is the most convenient. Tbilisi is far & away the easier of the airports to fly to, with regular flights from most major European origins. Kutaisi is somewhat more problematic. Flights are 2 to 3 times a week from a handful of major & several secondary European airports. Working the flights into a short duration itinerary is difficult, but certainly not impossible. We have the answers.....

Once in Georgia, getting around the country is not as easy as one would hope either. Buses, marshrutkas (minibuses), taxis, rental cars & even trains can be utilised in the country. Unless you are a sadist, trying to catch an overcrowded marshrutka whilst laden with ski gear & trying to decipher signs in the local language is a task best left to travel professionals. For the moment, the easiest mode of travel for mere mortals is with an organised tour or via a pre-arranged private transfer direct to a ski resort or town. It’s no surprise that all of the listed tours for Georgia on Powderhounds have transfers included!

See the Getting To & Around Georgia page for detailed information.

Reasons to Ski & Snowboard Georgia

For something completely different, ski and snowboard Georgia. It has great snow & terrain, is culturally intriguing, has awesome food, is incredibly cheap & still comes with that whiff of high adventure that we all crave.

More Information & Reviews

More information on skiing & snowboarding in Georgia is coming soon. The Powderhounds intend visited Georgia in 2021. Yeh ok, we should have gone there this year, but events have conspired against it....... Better late than never right?

Tours in or near Georgia

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Svaneti Georgia Ski Touring
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5-6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
All inclusive ski tour of the remote Svaneti mountains in Georgia. Ski the Tetnuldi resort then tour the region exploring ancient fortified villages between skiing long freeride powder descents. Stay in Mestia & experience Svan hospitality & culture. Join a fixed date tour with friends or go solo & meet new ones!
Price p/p From price based on 8 day program (low season) with tour group of min. 4 guests.
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USD 1,118
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Georgia Ski & Ride
GUIDED SKI ADVENTURE
11 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | Gudauri & Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore the resort of Gudauri & the many backcountry options in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia. A fully hosted 12-day program, with 9 nights staying at ski in, ski out accommodation in Gudauri, working with experienced guides.
Price p/p From price based on 11 night, twin/double-share room, min 4 guests on tour (per person)
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USD 3,765
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Cat Ski & Tour Adjara
CAT SKI & TOUR ADJARA
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Snowcat Supported Ski Touringouring
Ability: Expert
The perfect backcountry mix of snowcat supported ski touring in the wilds of Adjara Georgia. Packages include airport transfers & ground transport, 7 nights accommodation,, all meals, guides & 6 days of snowcat supported ski touring.
Price p/p From price based on 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board, transfers, 6 days guided snowcat supported ski touring
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USD 1,960
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Cat Ski & Tour Bakhmaro
CAT SKI & TOUR BAKHMARO
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Snowcat Supported Ski Touringouring
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The perfect backcountry mix of snowcat supported ski touring in Bakhmaro Georgia includes airport transfers & ground transport, 7 nights accommodation,, all meals, guides & 6 days of snowcat supported ski touring.
Price p/p From price based on 7 nights in a 4 share room, full board, transfers, 6 days guided snowcat supported ski touring
Base/invoice currency is in Euro ex taxes.
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USD 1,960
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Mt Elbrus. Photo - RMI
SKI MT ELBRUS, RUSSIA
13 Days | 11 Days in Russia
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Ski one of the Seven Summits. Mt. Elbrus is a stunning volcanic peak located in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia and at 18,510′ (5642m) it is Europe’s, as well as Russia’s, highest peak. This 13 day ski mountaineering expedition, will attempt a ski descent from the summit.
Price p/p From price based on bunk room style accommodation.
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USD 5,300
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Heli Skiing Tours

Heli Ski Kazbegi Georgia
GUIDED HELI SKIING
6 Days | 3 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
All inclusive heli ski & cultural tour in the Greater Caucasus of northern Georgia near Gudauri ski resort. Tour includes all meals, accommodation, 2 full days guided heliskiing, transfers & more. Private groups apply for your best dates. or join another group if there is availability.
Price p/p From price based on a group of 4 people.
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USD 3,114
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Svaneti Heli Skiing 7 Day Package
GUIDED HELISKIING 7 DAY TOUR | SVANETI CAUCASUS GEORGIA
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5.5 Heliski Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Heliski the amazing terrain of the Svaneti in places that have never been touched by ski or snowboard. Limitless new powder lines in the Greater Caucasus of Georgia with wonderful local guides, lodging & hospitality in beautiful Mestia.
Price p/p From price based on twin share on a 7-day package.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR incl taxes.
Custom dates for groups of 5 or more only
USD 7,280
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Cat Skiing Tours

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro
CAT SKIING BAKHMARO
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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.
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 2,352
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Catski Adjara
GUIDED CAT SKIING FOR EXPERTS
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Expert
The newest European cat skiing adventure, Catski Adjara in Georgia explores new experts only terrain & is run by the awesome crew from Bakhmaro. Includes airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in a rustic alpine hut, all meals plus 6 days of guided cat skiing.
Price p/p From price based on transfers, 7 nights in a rustic alpine hut, all meals & 6 days guided cat skiing in low season.
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USD 2,352
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Cat Skiing Bakhmaro Women's Tour
WOMEN ONLY GUIDED CAT SKIING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Cat Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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.
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 2,576
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