Nowadays, three heli skiing companies are operating in higher Caucasus range.

 

Gudauri – Heliksir (HTM Helicopter Travel Munich)

“Powder Classic”

Classic packages offer guests an all-inclusive heli skiing experience – an outstanding adventure of powder skiing / snowboarding, an unforgettable mountain vacation and a great opportunity to discover Georgia’s fascinating traditions.

“Powder Exclusive”

Helsinki program Private / custom package tailored to your group’s needs.

The Powder Exclusive gives you and your group of friends the opportunity to get your fill of the Caucasus Powder, to ski or ride at your own pace while exploring the most secret places of heli- ski area.

Family Package                                         

The Family Package is a custom package tailored to your family’s needs Family Package is to provide you and your family with the vacation of your dream, offering a choice of activities for everyone to choose from and enjoy their own adventure.

Helicopter Tour

Heliksir offers the greatest tours flying over Gudauri resorts including Caucasian mountains.

Mestia – Flory Kern (Wucher Helicopter)

“For more than 20 years we’ve been traveling the globe, always searching for the perfect mountain, the best hillsides, the finest powder. Long before the skis became wider and the term “freeriding” was being used, we’ve been knowing the best free ride spots around the globe. We are buddies, who have become close friends and who have made their hobby into their profession. The established training to become an UIAGM / IVBV mountain guide and our experience from uncounted trips and days in the mountains are a solid foundation on which all our free ride, heliski and other trips today are based and from which all our guests profit.”

This is skiing at its best in between the highest peaks of Europe, rising more than 5000 meters into the sky. 1800 square kilometers of stunning skiing terrain is just yours. While they still ski dry and deep powder on the more than 30 kilometer long Layla Range, best spring corn can be skied on the almost endless runs below the looming peak of Ushba.

Svanetia is an unforgettable Heliski destination.

Kazbegi – Wucher Helicopter

Unlimited Heli skiing

Genuss Heli skiing

Private Heli skiing

“In times like these, in which man dominates nature so heavily, untouchedness, wilderness and loneliness are more and more rare … But they still exist – the magical places. Winter landscapes of such extraordinary beauty and seclusion, which seemed to be lost.” 

Bakhmaro is another world in winter, come explore it!

Cat Skiing Bakhmaro, Georgia

A new cat ski operation has started in the Lesser Caucasus Mountains at Bakhmaro in Georgia. Established by a professional Swiss crew, Cat Skiing Bakhmaro promises to deliver an exceptional new experience for more adventurous skiers and snowboarders. Having run its first season in 2016/17, it is quickly coming to terms with its superb terrain, establishing a new lodge and buying an additional snow cat for season 2017/18.

Two snowcats will be running for season 2017/18 and places are filing fast. The unique character of Bakhmaro climate is caused first and foremost by its location.

Climate and location

Resort is open to the West and thanks to that, the gorge is invaded by warm sea winds that ensure formation of soft middle mountain upper belt climate. That is why air here is always clean and transparent. The effectiveness of the resort is contributed also by the most picturesque scenery of mountains with its soothing impact. The holiday season in Bakhmaro is short: from the beginning of July until the end of August. Due to tough climate conditions the mountains of Guria by the beginning of September are covered with snow which in wintertime has the height of up to 4-6 meters. The idea of mastering tourist potential of Bakhmaro in winter emerged back in 1977. In the conclusion of research expedition it was pointed out that Bakhmaro’s natural conditions satisfy all demands of winter resort and there was an opportunity of

constructing 8-10 ski trails of different purpose that could operate during 4-5 months in full swing. Surrounded by fir and pine tree forests, Bakhmaro features a unique mix of air from the Black Sea and local mountains, deemed to be beneficial for people with respiratory problems.

Why Caucasus?

The Caucasus have some of the highest snowfalls in Europe. Bakhmaro is at 2050m elevation only 90km by road south of the Kutaisi Airport, which in turn is about 24km from Georgia’s second largest city, Kutaisi.

How to get there

There are two gateway airports for Cat Skiing Bahkmaro. From Kutaisi International Airport (David the Builder Kutaisi Interntaional Airport) Bakhmaro is a 3 hour drive away in winter. Flights to Kutaisi are possible from Milan Malpensa, London – Luton, Berlin, and Memmingen – Munich West. Flights from each origin are every 2 or 3 days. Tbilisi Airport is over 200km further to the east, but is serviced by more flights from a wider range of origins.

Goderdzi Ski Resort

is located at an altitude of 2,000 meters, 252 km away from Tbilisi and 109 km away from Batumi, in the highlands of Adjara on the Goderdze Pass. The resort is distinguished with its nature, fresh air, beautiful scenery and well-equipped skiing tracks.

Goderdzi Ski Resort hosts its guests all year round. Alpine mountains and forest hiking, bicycle and horseback riding is offered in summer, as well as the paragliding. Visitors have the opportunity to taste the local curative mineral spring waters and visit Goderdzi fossil forest, which is one of the most unique in the world.

Goderdze Pass offers two cable lines to its guests, total length of the tracks of which amounts to 8 kilometers. Here, two cable cars will serve the holidaymakers: 8-seat gondola and 6-seat bubble. Hotel Meteo, which is operated on the Goderdzi Pass, can accommodate 35 persons and 6 cottages are determined for 70 persons.

How to get to Goderdzi:

If you drive from Batumi, the central town of Adjara region, you reach Goderdzi in 2 hours. The 4×4 car is needed, as the road is not paved. The direct public transport is not available in winter, but you can take a bus to Danisparauli village (they run daily at 11:15 and 15:10) for 7 lari and take a cab in Danisparauli for approximately 25 lari/car. Another option is to take a minibus to Khulo from Batumi old bus station (they run every hour from 9 AM to 6 PM) and again, take a free shuttle up there (the schedule can be specified in Khulo information center).

Goderdzi ski resort

Distance from Georgian International Airports to Goderdzi Ski Resort:

Tbilisi International Airport – 288 km

Kutaisi International Airport 242 km

Batumi International Airport – 110 km

If you drive or ride a bus from Batumi, the central town of Ajara region, you reach Goderdzi in 2 hours. The resort is not big yet. Two gondola lifts are operating there. The highest point is 2390 m above the sea level, the altitude difference is around 690 m. The whole day ski pass will cost you 25 lari (approximately 12 USD). Goderdzi is good as for skiing and boarding at the prepared pistes, as well as for freeride. Winters are usually snowy there, so you won’t have problems with finding fresh powder at the slopes.

Ski Rentals

Prices for rental skis and snowboards in Goderdzi:

1 hour: 5 GEL (about USD 2.0)

The whole day: 25 GEL (about USD 10,4)

Bakuriani Ski Resort

The most famous ski resort in Georgia. Located in Samtskhe-Javakheti region, 180 km. away from capital city Tbilisi. Lower elevation 1700 m. above sea level. The main part is Didveli alpin mount-ski place, highest elevation 2700 m. above sea level, a modern development and general sport/recreational destination, there are totally 29 km ski trails for all levels of skier beginners till professionals.

Didveli includes: ski lifts, chairlifts, gondola, funicular, illuminated ski trail for night ski. The second part of resort mount Kokhta (2155m.) – the oldest ski area, 3.1km ski run with difficult and medium difficult slopes, three cableways. The third part is Mitarbi – re-opened in 2016, professional, advanced and intermediate levels ski trails, ski-lifts and chairlifts.

In all destinations are available rescue patrol service.

Ski rental is available at the local area.

Bakuriani is perfect recreation destination for family based on that here is many attractions for children: beginners ski trail, toboggan, several kid’s entertainment parks – wooden playground, swings, zip-line, kid’s ski land, baby land and many others, as well as bars and restaurants.

What to do in Bakuriani

 Bakuriani is located at an elevation of 1861 m above sea level at the footsteps of the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains, Didveli is an Alpine mountain ski resort and sport and recreational destination in the heart of Bakuriani.

Due to its long winters, Didveli is a true paradise for skiers and snowboarders alike.

It is also a superb venue for children to learn how to ski and engage in other winter sports and activities.

Tow ropes, ski-jumps, ski slopes, cross country skiing – Bakuriani has it all.

There are 14 km of ski trails in total with 3 lifts and 1 funicular. There are 6 different trails catering to all levels of skier, from beginners to veterans.

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Didveli (1861 m) is a modern development and general sports/recreational destination in the heart of Bakuriani with highest elevation 2700 m. There are 14 kmof six different ski trails catering  to all levels of skier, from begginers to veterans, as well as some runs are fully equipped with snowmakers, which enables the resort to ensure a standard quality of snow.

Kokhta (2155m) is the beauty of the place and the oldest ski area in Bakuriani. From there you can see the Greater Caucasus Range in its full splender. Kokhta is 3.1 km ski run with difficult and medium difficulty slopes. The upper part of the slope is rather difficult – the slope gradient is 52 percent and as for an intermediate piste, its trail runs through the fabulous fir wood plunged in the snow.

Night Skiing  

Didveli is an ideal location for hitting the trails after the sun goes down. Whether you are a new or an experienced skier, night skiing is an exhilarating and enjoyable experience. Let your day run long! Dig into the turn, breathe in the fresh night air, and enjoy a completely unique experience. Skiing and snowboarding at night enhances the experience – come and have the ride of a lifetime.

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Mestia Ski Resorts – a real skiers’ dream

Svaneti harbors the major Caucasus peaks and the largest glaciers, the total area of which equals 300 sq. km. They hang over the Caucasus Mountains like an icy crown.

Mestia is a highland town at an elevation of 1,500 meters in the Caucasus Mountains.

The town is situated 456 km from Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi and some 128 kilometers northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi.

Historically and ethnographically, Mestia has always been regarded a chief community of Zemo, or Upper Svaneti province. It was formerly known as Seti.

The population is mostly Svans, a cultural and linguistic subgroup of the Georgians.

Despite its small size, the town was an important center of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments, such as churches and forts, included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Mestia Ski Resorts:

In Svaneti, there are two modern white resorts: Hatsvali and Tetnuldi. The first one started operating several years ago. It is located in 8 km from the central village of Svaneti, Mestia.

The upper cable car station is located on Mount Zuruldi (2347 m).

The most important mountains are:

Tsurungala (4220 metres above the sea level), Ailama (4550 m.), Shkhara (5068 m.), Jangha (5060 m.), Gestola (4860 m.), Tikhtingen (4620 m.), Tetnuldi (4860 m.), Mazeri (4010 m.) and Chatini (4370 m.) that are neighboured by a well-known steep rock massif of twin-headed Ushba (4700 m.).
The average absolute elevation of the Caucasus ridge is up to 4125 m. The maximum altitude is 5068 m. (Shkhara), and minimum altitude is 3168 m. (Donghuzoruni pass).

There are some twenty passes of different complexity in this area of Caucasus that are directed towards the North side – the territory of Russian Federation. The height of the passes varies from 3160 meters to 3860 meters above the sea level.

The highest among the branches of the South Caucasus is the Svaneti range (with the highest peak of Lahili – 4010 m.) that is a watershed between the rivers Inguri and Tskhenistsqali. It is 120 km. long and approximately 2630 meters above sea level.

Tetnuldi Ski Resort

Resort Altitude

1650 – 3125 m

Peak of Resort

4860 m.

Total ski pistes

30 km.

Cheapest Ski pass

30 Gel

Lifts: Tetnuldi has 4 ski lifts and 30 km of ski runs, the longest one is 9.5 km.

Ski pass: Price of a daily pass is 40 Gel (approximately 17$), whole season multipass – 500 lari (200$). They are valid also for the other Georgian resorts (Bakuriani, Tetnuldi, Hatsvali and Goderdzi).

The second biggest national winter resort (after Gudauri), Tetnuldi, is operation since February 2016.

It is located at the same-name mountain. Three POMA lifts will deliver you to an altitude from 1600 m to 3165 m.

As the resort is very young, the accommodation and après-ski is still in process of development. But as Tetnuldi is close to Mestia, it is possible to go there with bus or taxi every day and stay in Mestia overnight.

When you’re not skiing, enjoy your time exploring Mestia, local cuisine and a great museum, a treasure trove of exquisite icons and artifacts gathered from Svaneti’s many remote churches and villages, preserved in this natural mountainous fortress during centuries.

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Hatsvali Ski Resort

Resort Altitude

1650 – 2347 m

Peak of Resort

2390 m.

Total ski pistes

7 km.

Cheapest Ski pass

30 Gel

Lifts: Hatsvali has 1 ski lift and 7 km of ski runs; the difference in altitude is 482 m.

Ski pass: Price of a daily pass is 40 lari (approximately 17$). Whole season multipass – 500 lari (200$). They are valid also for the other Georgian resorts (Bakuriani, Tetnuldi, Hatsvali and Goderdzi).

Currently, there are three runs: red (1900 m), blue (2600 m) and the trail for beginners (300 m). Basically, skiers of every level can enjoy one of the world’s most picturesque resorts. Freeride and ski tour lovers will also find good slopes and new challenges for themselves. As the resort grows and develops, it is also possible to find tailor-made ski-tours, one or two-day trips to take you to places never skied before.

Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Mtskheta-Mtianeti is a region in eastern Georgia comprising the town of Mtskheta, which serves as a regional capital, together with its district and the adjoining mountainous areas.

The western part is controlled by the breakaway Republic of South Ossetia since the independence of Georgia.

The region comprises five municipalities: Akhalgori, Dusheti, Tianeti, Mtskheta and Kazbegi

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Gabala – the most ancient city of Azerbaijan

Gabala is one of the most beautiful places in Azerbaijan, which is situated in the lower part of the Caucasus Mountains in the Bazar-Yurt Gorge 250 km from Baku. The history of the city is about two thousand years, and it still surprises scholars.

Modern Gabala is situated 15 km from ancient Gabala, which was the capital of Caucasian Albania for 600 years. There are the ruins of the ancient city. In the 10th century Gabala was included into the state of the Shirvanshakhs; in the 18th century it was a part of the Sheki Khanate. At that time, the Kutkash Sultanate appeared on the territory of Gabala. It was a small feudal state. When the Shekhi Khanate collapsed, the city was a part of the Nukha Country of the Yelisavetpol Province; being inside the Russian Empire, it was renamed Kutkashen, but in 1930 the previous name was returned.

The village of Nidzh, not far from Gabala, is known for a unique architectural monument of the Caucasian Albania – Udin Temple. The udins are absolutely special ethnic group who are considered descendants of Alabanians (only 10,000 of them left). They have managed to preserve their traditions, language, material and spiritual culture up to now.

Gabala is a place where one can enjoy the natural beauty along with modern city atmosphere. Let’s take tour to this tourism paradise.

 

Makhinjauri – The Green Cape

Makhinjauri is a climate spa resort which is placed on 15-100 m altitude above sea level, between Kara-Dare and Green Cape. Also, Makhinjauri is popular for mineral waters which local population started using sub-thermal mineral water flowing out here for therapy as early as beginning of XX century.

First scientific studies of water were made in 1912. Bathhouses were built and Makhindjauri history as a resort commenced this time. From the North Makhindjauri is bordered by the most admirable place on the Black Sea coast of Adjara – Green Cape.

Green Cape’s fine-stone beach and clean seawater which are the best not only for swimming and sun tanning but also for diving, is overlooked by Botanical Garden.

Its vegetation is represented in 9 phyto-geographic divisions by the origin of plants. Besides, Garden comprises upper, lower and seaside parks, experimental and collection plots, green-houses and conservatories for tropical plants.

The garden is distinguished by century-long parks, unique collections of subtropical flora, as well as succulents, palms, roses, camellias, citrus, bamboos, magnolia, pine-trees, persimmon and maple tree collections.

 

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Sarpi, Gonio and Kvariati

Sarpi is a very popular beachside destination. The water is very clear on the resort’s coastline, and the seaside attractions there are very attractive. The average water temperature is +25C. Hotels and hotel-type cottages are located very close to the beach. Mountain and sea air make for an ideal climate and create a welcoming atmosphere. Also, vacationers can visit the Laz Ethnographic Museum and the historic Church of St. Andrew.

Best time to visit: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Location: Black Sea coast, tributary of river Tobashi

Distance: 20 km away from downtown Batumi, 385 km away from Tbilisi

Landscape: mountainous

Climate: seaside, humid subtropical

 

 

Gonio and Kvariati Coastline

Vacationers have here seaside surrounded by mountains, wonderful scenery and warm, transparent sea water, peaceful gulf, while diving lovers are attracted by deep seabed. Nowadays Gonio-Kvariati has developed resort infrastructure germane for the resort area. Seaside is well-organized, there are many cafes, bars, shops. In recent years many hotels and rest houses were built some of them right on the beach and on the slopes.

At the entrance of Gonio sits antique times Gonio-Apsaros Fortress.

Best time to visit: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Location: Black Sea coast, left side of river Chorokhi

Distance: 15 km away from downtown Batumi, 380 km away from Tbilisi

Landscape: mountainous

Climate: seaside, humid subtropical

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Batumi Botanical Garden

Batumi Botanical Garden is the true paradise on earth. While you’re travelling in Georgia, you should definitely visit this place and enjoy the amazing views from the green cape.

The Botanical Garden, located at the distance of 9 km from the center of Batumi, occupies the area of 108, 7 hectare of approximately 1 km stripe of Southern-Western section of the coastline located between the river Chakvistskali estuary and the Green Cape, being spread to the height of 0-220 meters from the sea level, which not long time ago was totally covered with Kolkheti type forest (beech, chestnut, linden) and evergreen sub-forest.

The garden is distinguished by century-long parks, unique collections of subtropical flora, as well as succulents, palms, roses, camellias, citrus, bamboos, magnolia, Cyprus, pine-trees, nut, persimmon and maple tree collections.

 

Useful Information

Batumi botanical Garden was opened in 1912.

Florist richness of the garden is incorporated in 9 phyto-geographic departments and three parks.

These are the following:

East Asian Department

Himalayan Phytogeographic department

Australian Department

New Zealand Department

North American Department

Mexican Department

South American Department

Mediterranean Department

Transcaucasian Humid Subtropics Department