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Off piste skiing and ski touring in Gudauri - Georgia

 

Welcome to join a different ski week with off-piste skiing and ski touring in the Caucasus mountains. This is a week of exploring and we do not have a fixed program. The guide and the group will mix ski touring and freeride skiing from the lift day by day depending on the weather. 

Gudauri is located in northern Georgia, about 2.5h by taxi from Tbilisi which is the capital of Georgia.
Here we can enjoy magnificent big mountain skiing with many runs with more than 1000 vertical meters. The village is located at 1998m and the top of the lift is 3267m. The altitude makes it cold with several large snowfalls during the winter. The high altitude means that the snow stays good and does not get sun-affected so fast.

On the north side, there are really big runs that go down to the Russian military road or some smaller villages. From here we have to take a taxi back to Gudauri. It is an experience and the journey goes on winding mountain roads and past small villages where it feels like time is standing still.

From the lift all the skiing above the tree line but on days when it is snowing and poor visibility there are ski tours with forest skiing to enjoy while waiting for the snowfall to end.

Your level
You should be experienced with off-piste skiing and have done some ski touring. There are rarely hikes and very few tours require Crampons and Ice axe.
Experience from an Haute Route or similar trip is good to have. 

Accommodation
We are staying at the Marco Polo hotel, which is right by the lift. It features a spa with sauna and comfortable rooms. Dinners are not included and the group decides to eat wherever they want, either in the hotel or in one of the restaurants in the village. Genuine dining experiences with local Georgian wine for those who want.
 

Program for the week

Day 1
Flights to Tbilisi, Georgia (usually via Turkey) about 6h from Europe.
We meet at the airport no later than 16. Transfer 2-3h with Taxi/minibus to the hotel. For groups that book together, we can adapt the pickup times to your flight times.

Day 2-7
6 days skiing in Gudauri. We mix freeride days from the lift or ski touring days as you like depending on the weather. 
After skiing on the last day, our transfer drives us to the Hotel in Tbilisi where we spend the last night. We go out and eat a nice last dinner to experience more of the culture.

Day 8
Journey home
Depending on flight times home we arrange our taxis from the hotel to the airport. 
The taxi costs about 7 USD/Euro per person to go to the airport.


The following is included
• Guided tour of the Authorized Mountain Guide (UIAGM / IFMGA) for 6 days
• Transfer to the ski resort from the airport and then back to the hotel in Tbilisi last night
• 7 nights accommodation in a double room at the Hotel with breakfast
6 nights in Gudauri and last night in Tbilisi. Single rooms can be booked on request on request.
• Safety equipment for off-piste skiing; shovel, probe, and transceiver.
• Magnificent off-piste skiing in a unique culture

Not included
• Lift pass
• Personal equipment
• Flights to Tbilisi
 
 

Number of days:  8 days including travel days. 6 days skiing, 7 nights accommodation.
Price:  2200 Euro per person in a group of minimum 5 guests. max 6


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Offpiste in Gudauri. Photo: Andreas Bengtsson




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Tblisi by night. Photo: Andreas Bengtsson

Photo: Andreas Bengtsson

Photo: Andreas Bengtsson

Photo: Andreas Bengtsson