SKIING IN GEORGIA - Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is a very mountainous country. The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range forms the northern border of Georgia and the Lesser Caucasus Mountain Range forms the Southern border.
The Main Caucasian Ridge stretches for 1200 km from the West to the East, from the Black Sea to the Caspian. Georgia is a year-round destination. Your can swim in the sea as late as November - one of the longest swimming seasons in Europe. After that, why not head to the Caucasus mountains, Skiing and snowboarding, where there is guaranteed snow until late April, making Georgia a top destination for skiers and snowboarders.
1. Ski resort in Gudauri
Gudauri resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia, in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2,196 meters (7,200 ft.) above sea level and just two hour (120km) drive from Tbilisi. Gudauri's slopes are all above tree line. They are ideal for free-riders and are generally considered avalanche-safe. This is a perfect place for intermediate to advanced skiers to test their skills. In Gudauri you truly feel on top of the world. Set at 2000 meters, just below the historic Jvari Pass - the main crossing point of the Greater Caucasus – it offers a wide range of accommodation and summer and winter activities. Heliskiing is also available throughout the season, the helicopters drop Skier's off on mountain tops, glaciers, fabulous ridges
2. Ski resort in Mestia
Mestia is a new and unique ski resort in the high mountainous region of Svaneti, at elevation of 1.500 meters in the Caucasus Mountains. This place is above sea level to 2500 meters. A new 182-kilometer highway is being built to the regional capital, Mestia, and Mestia’s airport is being upgraded to handle commercial passenger planes. Canadian-based Kenn Borek Air will be implementing flights from Tbilisi to Mestia twice a week. The length of the red ski route for professional skiers is 2,600 meters long; the blue route targets less experienced skiers and it is 2,670 meters in length; with the 300-meter-long Mugviiri route for amateur skiers. The ski lift was constructed by Leitner - Poma Inc, an internationally-renowned French company which specializes in cable-driven lift systems. The lift is 1,400 meters in length and offers four-seat open cabins, enabling skiers to reach the peak of the route in comfort. It starts at an altitude of 1,800 meters and reaches 2,450 meters at its highest point.
3. Ski resort in Bakuriani
Bakuriani is one of the best ski resorts in the eastern europe. It is situated in Republic of Georgia at about 2000 meters high from the sea level.. It is located on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range, at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5,576 feet) above sea level. The distance from Tbilisi to Bakuriani is 171 km (106 miles). The resort is connected with Borjomi by an electrified narrow-gauge railway. Bakuriani provides a wide choice for the skiers. For professional and experienced skiers there is the Tatrapoma line, with the FIS certificate and World Olympic Committee certificate conferred on it. The length of lines reaches 1,300 meters with altitude difference of 450 meters. The line of Tatrapoma elevator is 1,200 m long, transporting skiers at the altitude of 2,200 m. The ski line of the mountain Kokhta Gora is 1,400 m. long with altitude difference of 450 m. The first half of the line is attributed to the complex category (black), and the second part belongs to the medium category (blue). A two-seat elevator line of 1,200 m. length, takes the skiers up to the altitude of 2,100 m. For youth and amateurs 5 elevator lines of 420 and 450 meters are at service. Since January, 2006 a new skiing line Didveli was opened (length: 1,650 meters). This line brings skiers as high as 2,200 meters in 5-6 minutes. Three new ski lines, 1,700 m to 1,800 m long, have been added as well, with altitude difference of 400 m. It is planned to lengthen the line up to 3,500 meters and bring it to the highest altitude of 2,622 m. This will increase the altitude difference to 850 meters between the highest and the lowest points. Famous Italian company carries out construction works of the new line.
4. Ski resort in Khulo
A new sport base has been opened in Danisparauli village of Khulo region of Georgia. Ski tracks and ski lifts are being built in Khulo resort zone. A 5 km ski run, longer than the ones in the existing Georgian ski resorts of Gudauri and Bakuriani will be ready to accommodate tourists from December 2011. Located in the southwest of Georgia, Khulo is situated in the Lesser Caucasus mountain range, 88 km east of the city of Batumi. Lesser Caucasus is one of the two main mountain ranges of Caucasus mountains, of length about 600 km. It runs parallel to the Greater Caucasus, at a distance averaging about 100 km (60 mi) south. The region is rich in medieval historical monuments, including the Khikhani Fortress (10th century) and the Church of Skhalta (13th century), as well as the Uchkho stone arch bridge (8th century), with the ruins of churches in many villages across the region. The Khikhani Fortress is currently being fully renovated, making it easier for tourists to visit the site in the future. Khulo could also be a great destination for camping and relaxing as the region is rich with mineral spas and thermal water.
5. Ski resort in Betania
A new ski area has been announced for the 2011/2012 season at Betania, near Tbilisi in Georgia at a location renowned for its reliable snow cover. Randevu Betania, a local company, is developing a brand new ski complex in Betania. The ski area will initially feature a 600m long slope with snowmaking served by two lifts. There will also be a special family slope. Two modern ski lifts will be installed near the route.