Svaneti heli-assisted ski touring 7-day trip

A heli-assisted ski touring trip in Svaneti along with Grigory, ACMG certified mountain guide. A unique experience in Georgia's best alpine spots. An ideal trip for experienced ski tourers.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Caucasus

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Mar

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
     

    Svaneti is located in North Georgia and it is a spectacular ski touring spot. The powerful mountain range of the Greater Caucasus surrounds the region with its high peaks, making Svanetia a real paradise for ski tourers.

    I invite you to join me for a 7-day heli-assisted ski touring trip in this beautiful region of Georgia. Also, thanks to the influence of the Black Sea, Svanetia offers huge snowfalls, tree lines and a variety of alpine surfaces to overcome.

    This trip is suitable for skiers of intermediate or higher level, able to ski in any snow conditions. Also, you need to be in good physical shape and have at least 15 days of ski-tour/backcountry skiing experience

    As the access to the best ski spots is rather long and complex, I came up with an idea: taking you to the highest alpine falls by helicopter! It will be an unforgettable helicopter-assisted ski touring trip.

    During these days, we will have the opportunity to ski around the best backcountry spots.  You will also have 3 helicopter drops in different locations during the week.

    Do you want to know why I love heli-assisted ski touring in Svanetia? First, much of the the time we would spend hiking up to the mountain top, we will just be skiing. This way we’ll have the opportunity to be at high terrain without spending much time and enjoy the best snow quality.

    Morning snow runs are the best ones, and with the heli-drops we will be there before anyone. Also, at the end of the day we’ll ski down to the valley bottom, adding extra vertical meters.

    And, of course, the views of the Caucasus Range during the flight are really stunning. Besides, Svanetia is an interesting cultural area full of museums, churches, monuments and delicious local food.

    So, if this great tour in Svaneti sounds tempting, please contact me! Book your place and let’s start planning an incredible skiing adventure. And if the proposed date doesn’t suit you, custom dates are also available. You can also take a look at all the other exciting trips that I also offer.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    2380 EUR

    Group of 2
    2380 EUR

    Group of 3
    2380 EUR

    Group of 4
    2380 EUR

    Group of 5
    2380 EUR

    Group of 6
    2380 EUR

    Group of 7
    2380 EUR

    Group of 8
    2380 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Helicopter drops as described
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     Price to join a group. The transfers included are: group transfers from Kutaisi/Batumi to Mestia and back, transportation by 4WD van to the place of ski touring and back (in days without helicopter drops); transportation back to Mestia in days with helicopter use. Breakfast is included. 3 helicopter drops are included for the week (one per day) Please note that flights, lunches and dinners in Mestia, personal insurance (covering helicopter evacuation) and extra helicopter drops are not included.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Arrival to Mestia

      You can choose either Batumi or Kutaisi as a meeting point. Kutaisi airport is closer to Mestia than Batumi, but Batumi offers more flight frequencies. Another option is arriving to Tbilisi, but the ride to the hotel will take about 8 hours.
      The village of Mestia will be our base. It’s located on the foot of Mount Ushba at 1.500 meters. Once in the hotel, you can rest and enjoy free time till next day.

    • Day 2 to 7Heli-assisted ski touring

      During these days we will ski around the best backcountry spots. You will have 3 days of helicopter drops (one per day) in different locations decided by me and my professional team. Please note the drops will depend on climate and snow conditions. If any of those heli-drops are not used I will refund 175 EUR per drop per person.
      On the last day I will take you back to Kutaisi or Batumi, arriving there at noon. It will be a really exciting heli-assisted ski touring trip in Svanetia.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Advanced

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Mestia Village

    Accommodation

    Accommodation in Mestia – hotel Svaneti, located in the centre of the village. Twin rooms, half board included. Single room accommodation available.

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    About the Guide

     
     

    I am ori­gin­ally from Kamchatka and I have de­voted my time to ex­plor­ing the moun­tains of the re­gion from child­hood. I've been guid­ing in Kamchatka since 1999 and run guid­ing pro­jects, or­gan­ised ava­lanche courses and worked for the Rus­si­an Moun­tain Guides As­so­ci­ation (RMGA).

    I am one of few Rus­si­ans who par­ti­cip­ated in the Ca­na­dian Moun­tain & Ski Guide Pro­gram, and the first and only Ski Guide in Rus­sia to be cer­ti­fied through the As­so­ci­ation of Ca­na­dian Moun­tain Guides (ACMG Ski Guide).

    My travel and guid­ing ex­per­i­ence in­cludes many great des­tin­a­tions, such as Kamchatka, Siber­ia, Cau­cas­us, Ja­pan, South Amer­ica, Canada, In­dia and Ant­arc­tica to name a few. Even though I am based in the Chamonix val­ley now, I spend sev­er­al months each year in Kamchatka and Siberia ski tour­ing and skiing and I be­lieve them to be one of the best moun­tains in the world.

    CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 diploma. Avalanche instructor, forecaster and safety consultant. Wilderness First Responder. Mem­ber of the RMGA Tech­nic­al Com­mit­tee, instructor-assistant at the Rus­si­an Moun­tain Guide School.

     
     
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    What People are Saying about Grigory Mintsev

     

    Last week I came back from a great week skiing in Siberia! The surroundings and the facilities were amazing! The snow quality was good, although due to the cold (between -30 and -40) the powder snow of 1 meter was pretty slow and quite tough to ski through. As well the tour guide Dimitri did an amazing job and I learned a lot from him. Thanks for organising this wonderful week and the service is great I have to say!
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    Rogier
    Went on their summer skiing expedition to Viluchinsky Volcano in Kamchatka. Was one of my favorite trips I\'ve been on. Totally professional and excellent logistics. Guiding was top notch. Great communication leading up to the trip. Extremely good value. Thanks to Grigory and Roman for an amazing week!
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    Jeff Chim
    Amazing skiing in Siberia with guys from \"Skiing in Russia\". Luzhba is very cosy and quiet place somewhere in Siberia. If you look for some new experience in skiing or snowboarding far from civilization - this place is the best choice. Beautiful forest powder runs without any competition with other powder-hunters  We have a week in November! and already Luzhba delivered lots of fresh and wonderful snow. \"Skiing in Russia\" guides organized everything: all transfers, comfortable lodge, amazing meal and main point - interesting and safe skiing. Trip to Siberia is one of you never forget. Sure!
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    Kirill Mihalchenko
    Had another great trip to Luzbha, Siberia with Grigory and Dmitry! This time we stayed in the new upgraded accommodation with the lovely Dasha cooking us great local meals, made for a very comfortable trip. Had two good storms come through while I was there dropping over a meter of fresh pow so the skiing/riding was on point as well!
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