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Backcountry Skiing in Mestia

Ski among the gigantic peaks of Eurasia soaked with snow and solitude

Overlapping the cultural blocks of Europe and Asia, the rugged country of Georgia features some of the highest and isolated mountains on the continent. The alpine townlet of Mestia is perfectly placed among the Caucasus Mountains as a springboard for thrilling backcountry skiing. Visit during the winter months between December and March for ideal backcountry skiing conditions.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Koos van Sittert

5.00

April, 2022

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

Svaneti is a great place. We had an excellent trip

Erin Sanborn

5.00

March, 2022

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

I did a backcountry ski trip in Georgia last month; your site connected me to a local guide there, Ilia. His guiding service in Mestia was absolutely wonderful. They were organized, responsive, and passionate about their beautiful home country which they generously shared with us. Ilia connected us to one of his colleagues, Gio, who was top notch. We had a remarkable time and have them (and you!) to thank for this!

David Schlaepfer

5.00

February, 2022

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

Absolutely stunning trip with Ilia as a great guide. We had a very authentic experience - a perfect mix of great powder tours and cultural insights. The organisation was flexibly adjusted to the conditions, but seamlessly. We always felt safe and well taken care of. We'll come back and can highly recommend a trip with Ilia, especially if you are looking for some adventures. Ilia, thank you for this outstanding experience.

William Wolf

5.00

March, 2020

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

We spent a week organised by Illia and his team between Mestia, Ushguli, in Februar 2020. Our guide was Gogi. He was also driving us from Tbilisi to Mestia and in Mestia for the daily ski tours. We spent a fantastic week. Everything was very well organised. Gogi found very nice ski tours, that matched what we wanted, i.e. between 1000 and 2000m climbing per day in nice landscapes with good powder. Gogi was also always concerned with our security (avalanches) and we had always the impression to be in good hands. Thank you for this very nice week !

Louis Hubert P.

5.00

March, 2019

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

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!

Benoit Tesch

5.00

March, 2019

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

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!

Oliver Schmid

5.00

March, 2019

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

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...

Victoria van Lennep

5.00

March, 2019

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

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.

Gabrielle Walton

3.00

March, 2018

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

Poor weather but nice guide

Fabian Leimer

5.00

March, 2018

Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

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There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Mestia

Mestia may be a tiny town but it’s a cultural capital of Georgia. For centuries is lay at the core of national culture, with a collection of medieval buildings, including ancient forts and churches that are listed and protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today it is a fundamental tourism spot where to spring into the wintry backcountry.

 

Good to know:

Country code

+995

Language

Georgian

Currency

Georgian lari

What’s the weather like?

The region is home in the Caucasus Mountains, receiving an alpine climate with year-round snow

Best time to visit

Visit during the winter months between December and March for ideal backcountry skiing conditions

More info about Backcountry Skiing in Mestia:

Located high up in the Caucasus Mountains is the alpine townlet of Mestia, resting at 1,500 meters above sea level. It is part of the Svaneti region of Georgia and has a population of approximately 14,000 people, most of whom are Svans, a subgroup of Georgians that mostly inhabit Svaneti. Although small in size, the townlet has been part of core Georgian culture for centuries

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