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Backcountry Skiing in Kazbegi

In northeastern Georgia, Kazbegi is the main settlement in the area, located on the shores of the Terek River, at an altitude of 1,740 meters.

The landscape of Kazbegi is dominated by large mountains, among which Mount Kazbek stands out to the west. Nearby you will find the Gudauri ski resort, where you will enjoy picturesque views of the Caucasus and good free terrain for skiing.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Thomas Behrendt

4.00

March, 2020

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

All in all we had a really great time with perfect weather and snow conditions. However, we had some „problems“ with the organization of Georgia Guide Office. It started when we arrived: The driver was obviously expecting 6 instead of 7 people. Seemed like Ilia got the booking wrong, as we initially booked 6 to start with the booking and then added the 7th person later. So apparently he booked a car and accommodation for 6. The driver was a bit confused and we followed him to his car. It was way too small for all of us and all the luggage. He somehow managed to put everything on the roof and in the trunk. It was super small and uncomfortable with our backpacks on our laps. We could only go max. 80 km/h on the highway due to the overweight. It took about 12h until we finally arrived in Mestia. Next, we specifically asked for a hotel with sauna, which Ilia confirmed beforehand (Grand Hotel Ushba). Except one night in Ushguli (which was great), we stayed all nights in Guesthouse Ushba. When we asked our guide about sauna, he referred us to a sauna that we had to pay for. It was really nice, but also quite expensive with 20€ per person for 2h. We used it 3 times during the week. Our guide was a nice guy but couldn’t meet our expectations at all. He was doing his „normal“ ski touring program, which for him included 1000-1200m a day. Every day we had discussions with him about the program as we wanted to get the maximum out of our trip and the day. For him it was take it or leave it. We had the impression that he wanted to return early afternoon to drink beers with his colleagues. One time we left him behind and kept on by ourselves. Another day he also left us after 800m and we followed another guide to the peak. Turned out our guide had severe physical problems, so it seemed like he couldn’t make more than that. The last day they gave us a different guide which was fine. After two days we talked to Ilia about the situation and he said they will try to meet our expectations but nothing much changed really, except the different guide for the last day. For us it was quite unfortunate as we specifically asked for alpine tours and 1500-1800m per day. All in all we still had a great time. We just didn’t get what we asked and payed for. The service and contact through Explore-Share was really good, Lupe was very supportive and answered really quickly.

Jonas Englund

5.00

March, 2020

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

Excellent week! Ilia and his local guide Bequ did a fantastic job.

Oceane Tonin

5.00

March, 2020

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

Communication was easy with Explore share And I particularly thank the agent Lupe. She was able to give me extra details and information when needed. As for the Georgian team, it was a real pleasure to meet them and spend time with them. It was a great experience to enjoy fresh powder and virgin slopes. A big thank to this team.

Romi Nella

5.00

February, 2020

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

Ilia is a very calm, considerate and helpful guide who goes the extra mile to provide his clients with exceptional and unique experiences in his stunning Georgian mountains. His calm authority is exactly what's needed when the going gets tough or plans need to change unexpectedly. Humble yet more than competent I strongly recommend Ilia for any Georgian adventure.

Okke IJlstra

4.00

April, 2019

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

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.

Andreas Karg

5.00

March, 2019

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

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.

Andreas Karg

5.00

March, 2019

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

We had a amazing days in Gudauri. Ilia and David are great guides and made this trip unforgetable.

Manuel Sosna

5.00

March, 2019

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

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Ola Henriksson

2.00

March, 2019

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

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

Raffaella Giordano

5.00

February, 2019

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

We loved the great professional work of our guide Tato, his smile, his big cooperation with the Italian guide and the group. Bravo!

Raffaella Giordano

5.00

February, 2019

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

We loved the great professional work of our guide Tato, his smile, his big cooperation with the Italian guide and the group. Bravo!

Santtu Kilpeläinen

4.00

January, 2019

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

Would have been difficult To find those places without a good guide. Recommend.

Anna Martela

5.00

April, 2018

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

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Matthias Kaufhold

5.00

March, 2018

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

Very great and save Skitouringdays in due consideration to snow- and weather conditions. Many thanks to your guide Giorgi!!

Atle Rorheim

5.00

February, 2018

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

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.

Reine Lindqvist

4.00

January, 2018

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

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.

Nicolas

5.00

April, 2017

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

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.

Thomas

5.00

April, 2017

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

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.

Martin

5.00

March, 2017

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

Ilia is a great guide both on a professional and on a personal level. He knows the Caucasus region like no one else. Very safe and committed to find great virgin slopes at the same time. He is friendly, dynamic and attentive to his clients wishes/desires. I warmly recommend him to anyone looking for a safe and groundbreaking adventure.

Cédric

5.00

March, 2017

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

Ilia is a great guide! He took into account our expectations and managed to fulfil them completely. He speaks English fluently. At the beginning of our trip, he gave us a nice training on how to react in case of avalanches. I had a few similar training before, but this one was much better and practical

Vera

5.00

March, 2017

Gudauri 1-week guided freeride skiing and ski touring

Dear Ilia, we had a great time with you and although the snow conditions were far from perfect, you planned some great trips, took us for some sight seeing and made sure we had a good time. We had a good laugh together and were surprised by our delicious cave-dinner the last evening. Thanks so much, we'll be back! Vera, David, Marlous and Gilbert

Hanne

5.00

January, 2017

Gudauri freeride and ski touring with IFMGA guide

This January we were a group of 12 people coming to Gudauri for some touring and skiing and Ilia made sure we had the BEST OF TIMES! He was very flexible and listened to our every concern, and when he unfortunately had to deal with some other work stuff two of the days we were there, he set us up with two of his other guiding friends that also took wonderful care of us - Tato and Gio. The ski touring was great, the guides really took safety into concern and were both service-minded and had a lot of humour. In just the short time of a week we got invited into their culture and had an amazing time in Georgia, thanks to Ilia and his guides. I can not recommend them enough. Book now!!!

Mario Schajor

5.00

February, 2015

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

Very professional guides, good organised staff, and they really have awareness of the local avalanche situations. I really felt safe at all the flights and endless powder runs .

Ulrike Leppin

5.00

February, 2015

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

Best Heliboarding company ever! Top service, very professional and lovely people! Very recommendable!

Igor Kuzmichev

5.00

February, 2015

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

Heliskir organizes the best heliskiing in the Caucasus. Good luck to them and all guests!

Frederic

5.00

January, 2015

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

We went heli-skiing with the HELIKSIR PRO TEAM, it was just perfect, from the first minute we arrived, we felt the magic... Perfect welcome, perfect security briefing, perfect material (ABS, Bieper), very clean chopper, perfect runs....we came back with a huge smile on our faces ! I can warmly recommend the Heliski Caucasus - Heliksir Ltd team if you are in Georgia and want to discover the powder of the great Caucasus. Despite the lack of snow in the resort, we rode only pow !! You will go home with a beautiful experience !

Sandro Ananiashvili

5.00

January, 2015

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

The best heliski company in the world. Recommend to everyone.

Wit Boyar

5.00

April, 2014

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

2012 was very good, 2014 awesome, looking forward to the next season adventure?

Matthias Saul

5.00

March, 2014

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

Extremely professional! Only the best equipment, best helicopters, best avalanche gear, very experienced guides - everything perfect! though this winter was the toughest since ages (too much wind, not enough snow) they found good runs for us for every day!! I can highly recommend it!

Frederic Gspot

5.00

February, 2014

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

Great service!!! I had one of the most marvelous days of my life. The whole TheFreerideCrew thanks you. Especially Daniel and Tamara. Hope you enjoy our chocolate

Lio VDongen

5.00

February, 2014

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

Top service. Very professional and friendly attitude. We will be back next year for sure!

Andrey Birukov

5.00

November, 2013

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

Unreal cool. I recommend to all

Brit Karlson

5.00

March, 2012

Heliski in the Greater Caucasus, Gudauri

A great getaway with some friends!


 

There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Kazbegi

If the sky is clear, a view of the Gergeti Church with Mount Kazbeg as backdrop is a valid reason to visit this location. However, its imposing smaller valleys nearby, such as the Truso Valley or the Chaucha Massif, will make your visit really worth it.

 

Good to know:

Country Code

+995

Currency

Georgian Lari

How to get there

The easiest way to travel to Kazbegi is by public transportation from Didube, the Tbilisi bus station

Language

Georgian and Russian. As in the rest of Georgia, locals will make superhuman efforts to understand you. With the youngest, you won't have problems since they speak basic English

Weather

The climate is moderately humid with dry and cold winters and long and fresh summers. The average annual temperature is 4.9 ºC. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of -5.2 ºC, and July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 14.4 ºC

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