Bakuriani Ski Resort

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Bakuriani ski resort Georgia
Bakuriani ski resort Georgia
Bakuriani ski resort Georgia
Bakuriani ski resort Georgia
The Bakuriani Inn under a blanket of snow
The Bakuriani Inn under a blanket of snow
Bakuriani ski resort Georgia
Bakuriani ski resort Georgia
Bakuriani ski resort trail map
Bakuriani ski resort trail map

Bakuriani Ski Resort

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Georgia Ski Resorts & Cat Skiing

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     Bakuriani Didveli Kokhta Ski Trail Map
  • Bakuriani Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Didveli sector
    1,850m - 2,700m (850m)

    Kokhta sector
    1,641m - 2,207m (566m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (22)
    1 Gondola
    1 Funicular
    9 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 30km
    Longest run - 3km+
    Advanced - 35%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 25%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Adult - 30 to 40GEL €8.20 to €11 )
    Child - 20 to 25GEL (€5.50 to €6.80)
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Season Pass (valid in Gudauri, Goderdzi, Bakuriani & Mestia)
    Adult - 600GEL (€164)
    Child - 300GEL (€82)

Bakuriani Ski Resort Georgia

Bakuriani ski resort has diverse terrain & a seriously modern ski lift system, located in south-central Georgia, midway between the major cities of Tbilisi & Kutaisi. Still not on the radar of the broader world ski fraternity; when it snows, Bakuriani has a festival of untouched powder skiing possibilities with no one else there to cross your lines! And with excellent 'learn to ski' facilities, fantastic local accommodation & non-skiing activities, Bakuriani has a reputation for being the best place for beginner skiers in Georgia.

Pros & Cons for Bakuriani Ski Resort

Pros

  • Receives loads of snow in the right weather conditions
  • Unlike some Georgian resorts, has great terrain for skiing during winter storms.
  • Super-modern lift system.
  • Skiable vertical of up to 1,000m off-piste.
  • Reputedly Georgia's best beginner lifts and terrain.
  • Uncrowded (deserted even!) glade and alpine terrain off-piste freeriding.
  • Quality on-piste trails for all abilities of skiers & snowboarders.
  • Excellent value lift pass.
  • Superb range of quality, well-priced lodging options near the ski lifts.
  • You are in Georgia ……. so food and drink will be plentiful, tasty, and cheap!

Cons

  • Powder days can be lonely here!
  • Public transport options exist but are not worth the effort.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Limited length of on-piste trails if staying for a week and the snow isn’t great, but that is being really picky!
  • Main ski sectors of Kohkta & Didveli are not lift or trail connected, but again, that’s super picky!

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Consisting of two separate sectors (Didveli & Kokhta), the resort has over 30km of sheltered piste trails, a mostly modern ski lift system, ridiculously cheap lift passes, gorgeous off-piste tree skiing and huge backcountry potential from the easily reached 2,816m high summit of Mt Sakvelo. Off-piste freeride skiable verticals of nearly 1,000m are possible into the lift base at Didveli, with shorter descents of around 600m vertical into the more sheltered glades of the Kokhta sector, providing fabulous storm riding terrain.Due to the sheltered natture of much of the terrain, the resort is also great for beginner skiers, particularly off the gondola in the Didveli sector.

Before we get there next season to sample it for ourselves, check out the ski trail map.

Bakuriani Ski Trail Map
Bakuriani Ski Trail Map

Note that most of the major chairlift infrastructure has been installed since 2015, including 3 new chairs in the Didveli sector in 2021 alone, creating an incredibly modern ski resort that doesn’t resemble the latest outdated (!) trail map shown above.

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Where is Bakuriani Georgia?

The Bakuriani ski resort is located in the ‘Lesser Caucasus’ of south-central Georgia, mid-way between the major cities of Kutaisi & Tbilisi.

The closest gateway airports are either Kutaisi (KUT) or Tbilisi (TBS). By road, the main resort town of Bakuriani is around 200km (3hr) from Tbilisi International Airport, and 175km (3¼hr) from Kutaisi’s ‘David the Builder International Airport’. Which airport one uses is largely dictated by the flights available from your preferred departure point.

The recommended mode of travel to the resort is either by private taxi/shuttle, or rental car direct from the airport.

For hints, tips & warnings about getting to Georgia ski resorts in winter, see our Travel in Georgia page.

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Bakuriani Accommodation

The holiday resort town of Bakuriani is filled with a vast number of hotel, rental apartment, guesthouse & holiday home accommodations. Whilst the standards may vary, the sheer amount of lodging options mean one shouldn’t have too much trouble finding last minute beds during the winter season. At least four hotels rate themselves as 5-star (no disrespect intended, but it may not be a 5-star in every country of the world!), with the Bakuriani Inn the pick of them near the main town. Beyond the town, loads of great quality hotels (and some not so great !) line the valley all the way up to base of the Didveli gondola. The 5-star(!) Crystal Hotel & Spa is an excellent option. Near the lifts of the Kokhta sector, absolute stand-out lodgings are the Rooms Hotel Kokhta, right at the base of the slopes.

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Review

The Powderhounds will review Bakuriani next season. More information about this European ski resort will come after our visit. Stay tuned for our sparkling repartee, new photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Bakuriani

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi Ski Safari
PRIVATE FREERIDE POWDER & CAT SKIING TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5+ Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Discover the best of Georgia on an 8-day ski safari combining three world-class ski resorts, cat-skiing & stunning landscapes, with local cuisine, culture, & history. private groups only so get your crew together & book for your best dates & duration....
Price p/p Price based on twin-share, 8-day tour with a minimum of 4 people
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USD 2,400
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Cat Ski & Tour Adjara
SNOWCAT ASSISTED SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Snowcat Supported Ski Touring
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 cat-supported freetouring.
Price p/p From price based on 7 nights in a 4 share room in a cosy mountain hut, full board, transfers, 6 days guided snowcat supported ski touring
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USD 1,798
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Cat Ski & Tour Bakhmaro
SNOWCAT ASSISTED SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Snowcat Supported Ski Touring
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. Join a fixed date tour in December or March ...
Price p/p From price based on 7 nights in a twin 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 1,798
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Cat Skiing Tours

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro
GUIDED CAT SKIING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The ultimate European cat-skiing experience at Bakhmaro in Georgia. Includes airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in the traditional village of Bakhmaro, all meals plus 6 days of cat skiing in the snowiest part of the Caucasus ....
Price p/p From price based on 7 nights in a budget twin share room in low season.
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USD 2,235
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Catski Adjara
GUIDED CAT SKIING FOR EXPERTS
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Expert
A true European powder cat skiing adventure, Catski Adjara in Georgia explores expert 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 in the snowiest part of the Caucasus.
Price p/p From price based on transfers, 7 nights in an alpine lodge, all meals & 6 days guided cat skiing in low season.
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USD 2,235
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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 in the snowiest parts of the Causcasus. Cat skiing in Bakhmaro Georgia includes all transfers, 7 nights accommodation in a new lodge, all meals plus 6 days of cat skiing in an all female group. Join the fixed date tour or form your own group for a custom tour
Price p/p From price based on all transfers, 7 nights in a twin share room, full board & 5-6 days guided cat skiing.
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USD 2,430
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