Overall Rating

Gudauri

Gudauri3/53
Gudauri3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
Ski & Sail Norway Lyngen Alps
    Gudauri Ski Trail Map
  • Gudauri Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,989 m -2.993 m (1,004m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (15)
    4Gondolas 
    7 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to April
    10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 35km
    Longest run – 7km
    Advanced - 30%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 10%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – (approx.) €15
    Child – (approx.) €8
    Child u/6yr - Free

Gudauri - Reviews

Gudauri - Reviews

Worth Visiting

Louis
19/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Worth Visiting

Louis
19/02/2020
OK, early 2020 has been a terrible snow season. Keep that in mind and I am going to make this a long review, because there are few reviews to assust riders thinking of a trip to Georgia and I was one of them.
Gudauri probably only has a 50cm base and it has been nearly 2 weeks since the last snow fell. You can't expect too much and there have been brown and stony areas on all pistes at end of day despite good grooming and snow making. However, overal the riding has been good to very good and that's why I'm giving the snow 3 stars when many serious riders may give 1.
You can ski off piste on pretty good snow. Only a very small percentage of riders go off piste other than those hiking and skiing the freeride areas, so off-piste is uncrowded despite this being a holiday period.
The snow quality in the freeride zones is still excellent - light and dry, although today and tomorrow it's warm like springtime, so that may change in places. Avi risk remains a concern and lots of very tasty terrain has either slid or has little snow cover. New slides happened today. In my opinion, the reward for risk rules backcountry riding out at the moment. That includes the local heli service for me. Hitting covered rock and falling on rock isn't worth it. My skis already dislike me from frequent rocks hits in areas of more compressed snow.
The terrain is very good, with massive in-bounds areas of intermediate to lower advanced of-piste, mostly 400-600m vertical runs. There's limited steep groomers. With a deeper snow pack the sidecountry would be off the hook. It's all alpine, no trees. The weather has been stunning and views are amazing.
The lifts are very good, mostly detachable and covered chairs and modern gondis. There's a slow chair up to Sadzele peak (the highest point), but it's too bare up there to bother. In a normal season that lift accesses huge areas of steep terrain within 15 minutes skate/walk and right off the top too.
There have been lift lines up to 20 minutes (first gondola out of New Gudauri), but mostly less than 3 minutes. Some mountain cafes have been running out of food items at lunchtime and one had no beer left! The grocery store has the longest line-up at the checkout!
Lift and equipment hire is inexpensive. A single, adult day ticket is 50 laris or $US18. There are plenty of restaurants offering a variety of food, but mainly Georgian staples. Service, price and quality do not rate versus the rest of this amazing country, but compared to the rest of the world, it's great value for money. The Drunk Cherry has been a winner. Be prepared to book ahead and pay a deposit upfront. The mountain is dotted with outdoor cafes and drink venues where taking in the sun is very popular. The coffee sucks here.
Toilets are definitely better than in other Georgian ski resorts, but nothing special and quite limited, with long lines this week. Don't wait to the last minute!
This is not a day trip resort. It's a lovely 2 hour drive from Tbilisi, but Georgian drivers can provide a white knuckle experience. Our booked driver stopped a few times so we could take in the sights. These are a proud people and rightly so.the country has amazing history. The minivans that leave Tbilisi bus station on a when-filled schedule may not offer that option. We have a studio apartment with small cooktop, small fridge, cooking utensils and en-suite in New Gudauri 100m from the gondi base. It's about $US50 per night. It's small but great value. Don't expect the best sound proofing and the ski storage area is sardine can busy at times, but again it's great value for money.
The walk to the lift is on a narrow and icy road. All the roads in the village are like this and busy. It can be a frightening walk, but compared to the inside of many buildings in Georgian snow resorts, it's actually pretty safe. The floors often make black ice feel secure.
There's tandom paragliding here. Very popular at $US120.
Sorry my image files are all too big which is a pitty because the Caucusus are staggering and it's been picture postcard weather.
So I hope all that helps. Gudauri is certainly worth visiting before the rest of the world swamps Georgia, which seems to be happening. Oh, language has not been the big issue we expected. Georgian is very difficult and most people seem happy if you use the basic hello, goodbye, thanks, sorry, how much etc.

Tylko na Freeride (Only on Freeride)

Adrian
29/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Tylko na Freeride (Only on Freeride)

Adrian
29/01/2020
Koszmarny osrodek narciarski, otwarty pare godzin dziennie.
Brak zasad bezpieczeństwa - skutery śnieżne ścigające sie po stoku , brak naśnieżania (ni euruchomione armatki) pomimo braku śniegu i minusowej temperatury.
( translated from Polish) 
A nightmarish ski resort, only open several hours a day. No safety rules - snowmobiles racing on the slopes, no snowmaking (and snow cannons) despite the lack of snow & minus temperature.
(Editor's note - appears the off-piste was excellent though with a score of 5!)

Kimsan

Kim Edelved
22/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Kimsan

Kim Edelved
22/01/2019
Great place to be!