Tetnuldi Ski Resort

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Tetnuldi ski resort Mestia Georgia (photo - The Adventure Project)
Tetnuldi ski resort Mestia Georgia (photo - The Adventure Project)
Freeride powder at Tetnuldi ski resort Mestia Georgia (photo - The Adventure Project)
Freeride powder at Tetnuldi ski resort Mestia Georgia (photo - The Adventure Project)
Mestia Georgia
Mestia Georgia
Tetnuldi ski resort off-piste powder (photo - The Adventure Project)
Tetnuldi ski resort off-piste powder (photo - The Adventure Project)
Tetnuldi skiing (photo - The Adventure Project)
Tetnuldi skiing (photo - The Adventure Project)
Ski Tetnuldi Georgia (photo - The Adventure Project)
Ski Tetnuldi Georgia (photo - The Adventure Project)
Ushguli is a great ski-touring destination in the Svaneti region near Tetnuldi
Ushguli is a great ski-touring destination in the Svaneti region near Tetnuldi
Hatsvali ski area near Mestia is a fabulous alternative to the high alpine Tetnuldi
Hatsvali ski area near Mestia is a fabulous alternative to the high alpine Tetnuldi

Tetnuldi Ski Resort

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     Tetnuldi Ski Trail Map
  • Tetnuldi Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    2,265m – 3,160m (895m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (5)
    4 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to Mid-April
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 15km
    Longest run – 4+ km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 35%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – approx. €15
     Hatsvali Ski Trail Map
  • Hatsvali Ski Trail Map

Tetnuldi Ski Resort Georgia

Tetnuldi ski resort is the amongst newest skiing areas in Europe. Located in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia near the beautiful town of Mestia, Tetnuldi has 4 new chairlifts & a surface tow serving a tasty 900m of skiable vertical & abundant freeride powder ski terrain. With a top elevation of 3160m, snow quality & quantity is guaranteed to be deep, dry & delicious. Ski lift passes are in the ridiculously cheap realm of the world's lift pass pricing structure! Only problem is that road access to the lifts is costly, lift opening times are dubious at best & on-piste trails are limited. Definitely a place to bring the skins and choose your own adventure, or be in a tour group.

See the Tetnuldi ski trail map here.

The Tetnuldi resort is amongst Georgia's most remote & spectacular (& snowiest!) mountain regions - the Svaneti. Whilst the chairlifts provide some great skiing inbounds, the unprecedented access they provide to the backcountry is another reason to visit. Numerous Svan villages replete with the region's signature fortified stone tower houses make incredible backcountry touring destinations, with typical ski descents of 1400m vertical. The isolated village of Ushguli, oft called the gem of the Svaneti, is the ultimate ski-touring location!

Heliskiing is starting up in the Svaneti region as well, based out of Mestia, adding to the winter activity mix. See details about Svaneti Heliskiing here.

Where is Tetnuldi Georgia?

Tetnuldi ski resort is in the remote Svaneti (Svanetia) region amongst the highest peaks of the Caucasus mountains in northern Georgia. Only 15km drive 15km (1hr) by road east of the historic town of Mestia, journeys to Tetnuldi are not the easiest in the world; unless you are with an organised tour or are confident enough to drive oneself in a 4WD rental. The nearest major city & airport are at Kutaisi, 250km by road south of the ski area. The road journey from Kutaisi is a tortuous 6hr. The Kutaisi Airport (KUT) has a limited number of flights daily from several major & secondary airports throughout Europe. Alternatively, flying into Tbilisi (TBS) is an option, but the journey to Mestia is several hours longer.

From the Kutaisi airport the quickest way to Mestia (& Tetnuldi) is via a private transfer. Unless you have one organised with a tour operator or hotel, search & book a private transfer from Kutaisi (or other airport) to Mestia here.

Mainstream public transport services direct to Tetnuldi from the airport do not exist (that we are aware of any!), so a bus or taxi into the city, then a minibus (marshrutka) from the main Kutaisi bus station is required. This is a cheap alternative (25-30GEL) to a private transfer but comes with the relative discomfort of a lengthy transfer in a cramped bus plus a big question mark over where one puts your skis!

Once in Mestia, the final part of the journey is along an ice & snow-covered road with a reputation bordering on the notoriously bad! Local accommodation providers can organise a taxi or shuttle up to the mountain, but it is recommended to only use 4x4 or truck/bus transport during winter. The shuttle s up to the mountain fuel the local economy so the price can be as steep as the ascent if not in a group. Rental cars should similarly only be driven up by experienced drivers with vehicles equipped for winter driving. The term best used to describe how to drive in the Georgian mountains is 'with caution’.

Tetnuldi Accommodation

The closest main centre to Tetnuldi is the historic town of Mestia. There is very limited accommodation at the Tetnuldi ski lifts & very little infrastructure, so Mestia is the easiest alternative (at least until we have scoped it out more!). Mestia is a town full of character, with fortified tower houses & mountains filling most views from its vibrant centre plus a wide range of superb hotels & guesthouses to choose from. For an authentic Mestia experience stay in a traditional guesthouse like Ametapi - comes with obligatory castle tower attached. Or try a modern guesthouse version like the boutique Korte Guest House. Alternatively, full service hotels like the modern Chalet Mestia provide all the comforts for a great stay in the region. If relying on buses or taxis to get up to the ski lifts, stay in Mestia & make daily forays up to Tetnuldi. Guesthouses & hotels will assist with organising transport up to the resort, if they dont have their own shuttle service.

Search & book all Mestia accommodation here.

For those with a rental car, an intriguing alternative to Mestia is the little village of Chvabiani to the east. Several magnificent guesthouses, some with their own stone towers, dot the quiet village. In good snow it is even allegedly possible to ski all the way down the village from the resort.

Search & book Chvabiani accommodation here.

Nearby Ski Area

Right on the doorstep of Mestia, a small ski resort is set in amongst the forests called Hatsvali. There is accommodation at the ski lift base. The skiable vertical is around 500m on cold north-aspect terrain & is perfect for snowy blizzard days. The locals may discourage you from going to Hatsvali, don't listen to them.

See Hatsvali ski trail map here.

Review

The Powderhounds will review Tetnuldi in 2021 if we can get there! (Of course we will, it is what we do.) In the meantime, if you want to go, take a great value trip with our tour partners from the listings below. Stay tuned for our sparkling repartee, new photos & insights after we visit.

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Tours in or near Tetnuldi

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.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,426
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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
Base/invoice currency is in Euro ex taxes.
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USD 2,083
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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.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,083
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Heli Skiing Tours

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 7,735
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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.
Base/invoice currency is in Euro ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,499
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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.
Base/invoice currency is in Euro ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,499
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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.
Base/invoice currency is in Euro ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,737
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