Backcountry Skiing trips – Georgia

Discover the deep powder and majestic Caucasus Mountains in this remote European destination!

Boasting some of Europe’s highest and most remote peaks, Georgia is a haven for backcountry skiers. Circumnavigate the highest peaks in the country while taking in all the unbound beauty of the backcountry. Enjoy unspoilt and high quality powder all throughout the season too.

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Situated just south of Russia and north of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgia is a small former Soviet Republic full of mountains. While most of the country’s backcountry skiing is found in the northern Caucasus Mountains, the country does have a few other, even more low-key spots as well.

On the county’s southern border with Turkey sit both Machakhela Planned National Park and Mtirala National Park. While neither one of these has mountains as talla s those in the Caucasus, they both boast astoundingly beautiful scenery and excellent backcountry skiing in the winter, perfect for beginners who are just getting used to the sport.

 

 

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What’s the weather like?

Winters in Georgia are quite stable, with temperatures between 2 ºC and 4 ºC and excellent snow conditions. During the night, temperatures can drop below 0 degrees. In Svaneti, snowfall can begin as early as September, while on the rest of the country usually starts in November.

How to get there:

Almost every backcountry skiing trip to Georgia begins with a flight into the country;s main international airport in Tbilisi (TBS). Most guides will opt to meet you here and provide transport to the start of the trip.

Language:

Georgian

Country Code:

+995

Currency:

Georgian Lari (GEL)

Best time to visit:

December to April

 

 
 

 

What People Say

  • 35 reviews

 

A day before arrival Ilia appeared to be unavailable. He arranged national certified guide Tato Nadiradze for us. Ilia did
not manage to arrange the trip well and much was not clear, also due to change of plans because of the weather after a few days. We were very lucky with Tato who arranged everything well and got the very best out of it for us. We used his Landcruiser to drive where ever we went. Tato is a bery good mountainguide with lots of experience, especially in the Gudauri and Kasbegi area. He is also a good and enthousiastic free-rider. Gudairi hut is a fine hotel.
We had a great week in Gudauri. Illia and David are great guides and organized a perfekt week for us.
We can really recommend this trip and also the guides.
We had a amazing days in Gudauri. Ilia and David are great guides and made this trip unforgetable.
We spent an exceptional week in Svaneti. Ilia guided us safely all around the valley. The place is wonderful and
exceptionally well preserved. Villages are just out of time and still protected from mass tourism. they should definitly be visited soon… We enjoyed extraordinary views and gigantic landscapes, followed by endless descents in superb snow… Ilia’s reputation clearly precedes him among all the guides who consider him as a reference. One recommendation : Get there soon and enjoy this beautiful region!
Mestia and in particular Ushguli provided for a remarkable context to this amazing, off the beaten track skiing trip. The
pictures speak for themselves: it is developing quickly but is nevertheless a place frozen in time, where cows and donkeys far outnumber cars and the Caucasus provides for an imposing backdrop. Georgian hospitality was fantastic and Ilia made sure we were well looked after at all times, on and off the slope. We felt very safe enjoying the copious amounts of powder that was falling the week we were there. We kept on bumping into groups of people who had been guided by him in prior seasons and felt compelled to visit again – and something tells me we might join those ranks soon too…
Mestia in the Svaneti region will not remain an idem gem for long. It’s got it all: alpine descents, all-you-can-ski
powder and remote villages charged with history. Illia was a great guide both in and out of the slopes; safe, fun and knowledgeable. And do not worry about the food, it is amazing!
Absolutely loved our trip to Georgia. In short: incredibly pittoresque villages, wonderful people, amazing food, stunning scenaries, ridiculous powder (some
of the best snow ever!), and a very friendly, professional and experienced ski guide. You will always feel safe with Ilia. What more does one need? I highly recommend a trip to the beautiful Svaneti region.
Victoria van Lennep for Svaneti 11-day ski tour in Georgia
Very poor english is reason to poor guide rating. Not showing up at meeting location in the morning is reason to
poor guide rating. ( lost 2h of guiding, with still full price charged) 2 start for trip rating also connected with poor english and late arrival. 2 start for trip rating also connected to additional cost for taxi when being brought back to resort. That was expected to be included. In general very slow responses from the guide during booking procedure, and also when being on the resort. All in all; did not meet our expectations. You can’t sell guide services with guides not being even a little bit fluent in English, Best regards OIa
We loved the great professional work of our guide Tato, his smile, his big cooperation with the Italian guide and
the group. Bravo!
We loved the great professional work of our guide Tato, his smile, his big cooperation with the Italian guide and
the group. Bravo!
Would have been difficult To find those places without a good guide. Recommend.
Poor weather but nice guide
Gabrielle Walton for Svaneti 11-day ski tour in Georgia
Very great and save Skitouringdays in due consideration to snow- and weather conditions. Many thanks to your guide Giorgi!!
Febuary 2018: We had a great time skiing the pist and offpist in and around Gudauri ski resort. We had
a bit of change of plans and the guide (Lasha) was really flexible and accommodating to our wishes and needs. Lasha our guide from explore-share was highly competent ski guide and great companion.
My goal was to go powder snowboarding. Due to weather we could not move up to higher ground and therefor
main part of the time was spent in the actual pist. I guess that was a very expensive way of experience the normal pists (since mountain guide was the most expensive part on location). This is how it can be and no blame on your organisation. I did however, experienced a couple of really nice off pist/powder rides without the guide later that week so I am satisfied with the total experience.
Ilia is a great guide at every level you would expect from a guide when you are traveling abroad. He
is very cautious, He takes time to explain and emphasis what are the safety requirements. He is young but knows already deeply the Caucasus mountains. He is friendly and fluent in English but most of all he consistently tries to find the best for his customers and to make them enjoy their stay. Long story short, I deeply recommend him to anyone expecting an unforgettable trip.
With a constant eye for safety, he made us enjoy the purest snow of the domain thanks to his knowledge of the mountains.
His communication skills are very good and his sense of humour only gets better with a glass of chacha. I highly recommend Ilia for any group of people wanting to combine great ski and safety.
 

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