GUDAURI is a fast developing ski resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia, Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. Gudauri is about 120 kilometers from Tbilisi and it takes about 1h40mins to get there from the capital. During the last few years, Gudauri has been improving and advancing all the time.
The new ski lifts of different levels have been added recently. The main three levels of ski lifts include the lowest starts at almost 2000 m, while the top station is at more than 3000m. Most of the lifts are open chairs (of different size and speed), but a fast, modern 8-person gondola lift was opened a few years ago.
In case you do not have skiing equipment, you shouldn't be a worry. A number of rental places for every level and age could be rented here. Apart from that more adventurous visitors can experience flying a paraglider, or go off-piste or night skiing. There are many places to have lunch, drink glint wine, or just sit and enjoy nice weather and amazing views.
The only problem is the unwillingness of Georgians to stay in line. It freaks some travelers out. It is scary and confusing. The people push, pull, and ignore each other. If you are polite, be prepared to stay in line the whole day without the opportunity to go up. This is the weakness of Georgians. They are impatient. Florian Biermann and Robizon Kukhalashvili described this phenomenon in their blog article.
"Living in Georgia, it is quite easy to come up with casual observations of shortsighted behavior.
In the marshrutkas that go from Tbilisi to Gori, drivers have started to install additional chairs to increase the number of passengers. This makes traveling pretty unbearable and it dramatically increases the probability of injury and death in case of an accident. While marshrutka drivers could make an extra profit for a short time, people are now searching for alternative ways to go from Tbilisi to Gori." Similarly, Georgians think that restaurants and cafes are particularly good when they are newly established. There is even a Georgian saying: “Let’s go there, it is new!” Where does this attitude, which is not to be found in other societies, come from? When a restaurant is in its startup stage, it should attract consumers with excellent service and products."
If you are traveling with the family and kids, the best place is Bakuriani. Bakuriani is a small town in Samtskhe Javakheti, not far from Borjomi. The trip takes 3 hours from Tbilisi. The place is very nice, the food is very cheap. A traveler can find here 8 different difficulty levels ski slopes. A lot of ski trainers around who can help you to get new skills and experience. My husband and kids are used to go to Didveli. I call this place Deadvalley:). Didveli (1861 m) has one of the most spectacular tracks. From here you can catch a gondola on Mt. Sakvelo's slopes and take blue or red paths. The longest track is approximately 4 km long. My kids and husband are advanced skiers and they go up the mountain taking a chairlift that goes to the top of Sakvelo Mountain. The views up there are amazing.
One can also find a ski slope 9 km long which is on the other side of the city. You need a car to go to Kokhta slope. If you like skating, Bakuriani offers the opportunity as well. The skating place is in the middle of a tiny amusement park in the city center.
We had a very sad experience during New Year's time. For many Georgians, the place is very expensive. They usually rent one apartment or room and share the price among 5 to 20 people. As some of them drink a lot during the holidays, it might be very loud the whole night and the next day, next week. After a sleepless night and a lot of complaints we had to leave our place and return back to the city. If you are in Bakuriani, try to rent a cottage. Otherwise, it might be very loud and sad.
Bakuriani is also offering a lot of riding places. The horses are not trained and wild. So be cautious!
Svaneti region is included in the UNESCO Heritage Site. The Region is a mountainous region in Georgia. It’s known for its gorgeous tiny villages and the most beautiful landscape and mountain views. Svaneti offers a lot of activities in summer and in winter. In Svaneti , you can look forward to 2 Ski Resorts, Hatsvali, and Tetnuldi.
Hatsva is served by 2 ski lifts bringing the traveler to the top of the mountain Zuruldi, at the elevation of 2350m. In 2016 a new cable car was introduced to visitors. The cable car brings you up from Mestia.
The beautiful mountain landscapes will take your breath away. The ski resort was introduced recently in 2016. Sledding or skiing down a torch-lit slope is a wonderful way to experience nature! A total 25km ski slope with the longest one 10 km set against the fairytale village Mestia. The runs are illuminated at night time. Two lifts are operating here, offering the ride to the highest point (3164m) and the lowest point (1600m).
If you need more action, drama, and adventure hire a local guide who brings you to Chaladi glacier and explore the valley of Mestichala.
Racha ski resort is undiscovered and underestimated. You can hardly find a piece of information about this place. I, myself, haven't been there yet but believe it worth to visit. There are no slopes only gigantic mountains, heavy snow and you.
Georgians call Tusheti as the Swiss Alps with the only "BUT" in-between. The region has very poor infrastructure. Tusheti mountains could be reached by helicopter. Plan your stay for one week because the helicopter flies only once a week at the same time. No slopes, only 4 mountain communities.
Adjara ski resort is with 3 out of 5 stars. Godedrzi resort is two hours drive from Batumi city. It is the perfect four-season resort. For skiing and snowboarding, there is 8 km of slopes available with the highest pick 2364m. 2 cables cars transport the guests. The high elevation guarantees snow reliability almost from December to April. One can enjoy spectacular views above the clouds. The ski pass costs approximately 12 USD. Once you are in Adjara don't forget to try Khachapuri Adjaruli, traditional dish fo Adjarians.