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Gudauri Ski Touring and Freeride Week in Georgia

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Join an amazing Gudauri ski touring and freeride skiing adventure in Georgia, led by a certified local IFMGA guide. Enjoy a full week of exploration and exhilarating intermediate/advanced runs while you discover the rich culture of the Caucasus.

Private

Caucasus

9 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Discover some of the best local ski spots in the Caucasus.
  • Enjoy thrilling runs, spectacular forests, and 9th century monasteries.
  • Enjoy exploring the Gudauri region with a local IFMGA/GMGA Guide.

Description

Gudauri is a developing ski resort area in Georgia, just a 2-hour drive away from Tbilisi, the country’s capital. This fascinating mountainous area in the Caucasus range will be our base for this 1-week ski tour and freeride adventure.

We meet you and pick you up at the TBS airport to begin the road to Gudauri on the first day. After checking in to the hotel, you will need a good night’s rest for the following days. From the next morning, you will spend each day discovering the backcountry of the Caucasus mountains and following me or one of my team of local IFMGA/GMGA guides on exhilarating powder runs.

I am pleased to guide my guests through the cultural aspect of this ski tour and free ride week in Gudauri also – not only will you follow me through some of the best-kept secret spots, but you will also skin up through a local 9th century built monastery, where monks will greet us with hot tea to keep us warm during our descent.

Georgia is full of culturally rich experiences, even on the mountain while skiing. For me, it’s very rewarding to experience the happiness that comes from my guests when they discover the incredible and shocking aspects of Georgia’s backcountry.

I fully recommend that you have great off-piste and freeriding skills. You will also need to be efficient in different types of snow terrain including deep powder, heavy snow, crusty snow, and more. Having adequate knowledge of ski tour equipment and usage, along with a good fitness level is necessary. Keep in mind that every day we will spend around 7 hours on the mountain – with 700 to 1000m of vertical climbing per day.

I look forward to welcoming you to Gudauri, a place I consider home and one of the best ski areas in Europe – with magnificent landscapes and a culturally rich experience.

Please contact me so we can begin planning your adventure. If I am not available, one of my team of certified IFMGA/GMGA guides will be guiding you through this unforgettable tour in the Caucasus of Georgia.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Tbilisi- Gudauri

Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport where you will be picked by our driver. A 2-hour drive will take you to the hotel in Gudauri. Check-in, enjoy dinner, and the town of Gudauri for the night.

-Accommodation in Gudauri

Day 2: First day of skiing

After breakfast, you will meet your IFMGA/GMGA guide (myself or my team members) and have a briefing about the day ahead. If you need any rental equipment, we will
assist you. We will jump on the ski lift in Gudauri and ski some freeriding runs on Mt. Sadzele (3,300m) and then we skin up on Mt.Chrdili (2,800m).

I or your guide will take you through avalanche safety training in between runs. At the end of the day, we’ll ski down to the hotel in Gudauri to rest and have dinner.

Vertical ascent: 200m / vertical descent: 680m

Day 3: Mt. Sadzele and Mt. Bidara

We will make several runs on this day, using mostly lifts and skinning about 30 minutes to 90 minutes in total.

We’ll enjoy the North side of Mt. Sadzele and the West side of Mt. Bidara, with thrilling long runs off-piste down to a local road, where our driver will transport us back to Gudauri. Expect to ski about 3,500m vertical drops in total this day.

Rest for the night, and dinner in the hotel.

Vertical ascent 100m / vertical descent: 600m

Day 4: Mt. Lomisa

This day will be your first full ski tour day in Gudauri, with an exciting culture tour ahead.
First we’ll drive to village Mleta, a small village close to Gudauri. From here we’ll start our ascent on Mt.Lomisa, where we’ll meet an ancient 9th-century Monastery on the top.

Monks will be happy to share stories of this historical place while they offer you hot tea.

We’ll run an 800m vertical drop and take another similar tour up, through a majestic pine forest.

After enjoying our last run of the day we’ll drive back to Gudauri.

Day 5: Mt. Dedaena

We’ll drive about 20 minutes from Gudauri in the morning after breakfast. Starting our climb, we’ll see the incredible landscapes of Mt. Dedaena. After reaching the saddle at 3,200m, we will take a moment to enjoy the wild horizons of the Caucasus range and see the mighty peak of Mt. Kazbek in the distance. After an exhilarating 900m run down to the road, our driver will meet us and drive us back to Gudauri to rest for the night.

Vertical ascent: 850m / vertical descent: 900m

Day 6: Narvani ridge and Sno Valley

On day 6 we will drive towards the beautiful Kazbegi region, just a 45-minute drive from Gudauri. We’ll reach Sioni, a small local village, and start our ascent at 2,000m. We’ll climb up to 3,200m on the Narvani ridge and view the spectacular Sno Valley below.

Our ski down of 1000m will be on the Northern exposed slopes, where the snow conditions are almost always favorable. After our ski, we can visit the town of Kazbegi and explore this remarkable area.

Transfer back to Gudauri.

Vertical ascent: 1000m / vertical descent: 1000m

Day 7: Mt. Miketi

Check out of the hotel in the morning. The driver will take us on the riverside of Aragvi River and at 1650m we’ll skin up to the summit of Mt. Miketi until 2920m.

Here we’ll be able to view the entire Gudauri area, and the marshmallow peaks surrounding it. This
ski will be a thrilling 1,300m vertical drop, making for an epic last day of ski touring in Georgia. We’ll drive back to get our belongings in the hotel and then drive to Tbilisi.

Check in to Tbilisi hotel.

Vertical ascent: 1300m / vertical descent: 1300m

Day 8: Tbilisi

This day is a great chance to explore the historical city of Tbilisi, full of different sights, shops, and restaurants. We will be happy to share many different recommendations for
you to get a feel of the true Tbilisi soul this day. Enjoy a centrally located hotel where you can walk with ease to some of the best lively streets around. From sulfur baths to cable car tours, there is something for everyone in the group.

Day 9: Departure

Departure day. Checkout of hotel and driver transports you to airport.

 

Details

Accommodation

Hotel Tbilisi (2 night)* Hotel Gudauri (6 nights)*

Meeting point

Tbilisi International Airport, you will be picked by our driver.

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Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Skis – with mounted ski touring bindings, correctly fitted Skins* Velcro ski tie – to carry skis on your backpack Ski touring boots* Ski crampons Crampons* – Crampons should be automatic or semi-automatic. Designed for ice climbing. 12 point steel with anti-balling, which prevents the snow from sticking. Harness* – Standard climbing lightweight harness with 2 screw karabiners. Ideally, a harness that can be worn with crampons on. Harness should be able to fit with your mountaineering jackets on. 1 Ice Axe* – General mountaineering ice axe, suitable to your size. Ski poles* – Telescopic (with large disks at the bottom) Helmet* Shovel* – With metal blade Probe* Transceiver*


About the guide

I am a IFMGA/GMGA certified mountain guide, with more than 10 years of experience in the Caucasus mountain region.

Mountain Guiding and alpine sport is the most gratifying passion in my life. As an official team member of the United Federation of Georgian Mountaineers, I have led some of the most challenging ascents and expeditions in the Caucasus. In addition, I have completed successful ascents in Himalayas, Tian Shan, Pamir, Alps, and more. Aside from climbing, I have a big enthusiasm for ski mountaineering. I have completed many first ski descents in the region, such as Mt. Tetnuldi West Face descent, and more. In the winter and spring season, I enjoy guiding my guests on the backcountry of the Caucasus mountains, and sharing my experience and love for this region. In the summer season, I guide groups up iconic peaks such as Mt. Kazbek and more.

I am the founder of The Alpine Project, a full-scale mountaineering tour agency. My team and I are experts in the region, and we are deeply inspired by guiding our guests and welcoming them to Georgia. Please contact me if you have any further questions about my experience and my offers.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2073 Each

Group of 2

EUR 1178 Each

Group of 3

EUR 1000 Each

Group of 4

EUR 877 Each

Group of 5

EUR 763 Each

Group of 6

EUR 691 Each

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Price details

Price Includes:

6 days with IFMGA/GMGA certified local mountain guide (English and/or Russian speaking)

Ski lift passes

All vehicle transportation during the trip from arrival to departure.

Accommodation - Hotel Tbilisi (1 night)* Hotel Gudauri (6 nights)*

Breakfast and dinners in Guduari hotel

Breakfast in Tbilisi hotel

Price does not include:

Airline tickets

Travel insurance

Alcoholic beverages and snacks

Lunches during the trip

Dinners while staying in Tbilisi hotel (guide will provide local recommendations for best restaurants and Georgian cuisine)

Equipment rental fees

Personal clothing and gear




 

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