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Skiing in Gudauri, Georgia

– Can’t you go to Austria, Italy or Zakopane to ski, like all the normal people?! – some reacted like this on our winter holidays idea. Well. Georgia is our beloved country, has amazing mountains, friendly people, good flight connections and cheap prices. And not everybody is skiing there ;)

This year we decided to go skiing with our friends with the kids: that we could have shifts and more fun together. A car trip from Berlin to the Alps takes quite some time and the apartment for 12 people costs quite some money. And then we saw that there was a flight promotion for Poland-Georgia flights! Plus we haven’t visited Caucasus in winter! („every day do something new“, no?;)

There are two good options for the cheap flights: from Warsaw to Tbilisi and even better from Warsaw to Kutaisi. From both you can get to Gudauri in a local way (by mashrutka: from Kutaisi around 7-10EU, from Tbilisi around 5EU) or with organised bus (20EU from Kutais or 10EU from Tbilisi). We met a guy with a minibus, so he took our 12 people (including little kids, skis and tons of luggage) for 80EU in total. We still made bigger shopping on the way (there is a supermarket in Gudauri, but mainly with alcohol: you will find all to survive but if you have some cooler wishes, like vegetables for example, buy the things in Tbilisi) and happily arrived to Gudauri.

Sleeping in this little town, laying above 2000 metres above sea level, is not cheap. The night in the cheapest hostel is like 22EU, but there are not too many of those hostels. The average hotels are around 100EU per night. We found a nice airbnb option, muuuch cheaper, comfy and family-like. 3 bedrooms, huge living room and a big plastic bottle full of wine for goodbye – if anyone would like to use this contact – just let us know!

And skiing itself was amazing: the tracks are really ok, the views are amazing and the prices of ski-pass absolutely not-to-compare with the Alps (60EU for a week!)! The highest place you can get is above 3200 metres and you can ski and ski and ski! When the sun was shining both our girls were happily skiing, listening carefully to Russian and Georgian language between the people on the lifts. That was not the only difference from Austria or Switzerland. Those paths were really not crowded! Even at the weekends (when many guests from Tbilisi are coming) it was really nice to ski around. Just have a look!

All the infrastructure around the ski tracks is also really nice. There are bars with great Georgian food and wine and the little lifts for the beginners. So even if one of your kids wants to ski more and another one less – you can spend a group time just next to the lifts and change from time to time.

On Fridays and Saturday nights, there is also a night skiing: the lifts are open between 20.00 and 22.00 and the path is in the light. Fun! Even Mila wanted to join us.

But Gudauri can impress not only the skiing people! There are at least 10 cool things possible to be done there, except skiing. About this will be our next post: people, food, adrenaline! So even if in your family or the group of friends there is only one sportive fan of skis – a trip to Georgia in winter makes sense. If you are the one – read the next post to convince your lazy wife or husband ;)))

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22 Comments

  • Natalia
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 22:49 | Permalink

    Trochę nie przekonują mnie użyte argumenty, co do wyboru miejsca ;) Szybkie przeliczenie mówi, że polskie Tatry są o wiele, wiele tańsze. Ale widoki (no może poza Kasprowym) nie do porównywania ;) No i gruzińskie jedzenie, gruzińskie wino i Wschód <3

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    • Jacek
      Posted February 25, 2015 at 08:49 | Permalink

      Natalia, byłem w obu miejscach i warunków narciarskich z polskimi Tatrami nie ma co porównywać ;)

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      • Natalia
        Posted February 25, 2015 at 10:55 | Permalink

        To może trzeba zacisnąć pasa i rozważyć Gruzję ;) Chociaż freeriding to zupełnie nie mój styl jazdy ;)
        Ale te widoki… Przeglądam zdjęcia kolejny raz i każdorazowy jest efekt wow!

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        • Anna Alboth
          Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:28 | Permalink

          Ale poza freeridem są tez normalne, fajne trasy!

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    • Agn
      Posted March 17, 2015 at 10:22 | Permalink

      Argumenty są dobre. Sprawdziłam 2 tygodnie temu ;) Jeśli chodzi o aspekt finansowy, koszt tygodniowego podbytu (chodzi oczywiście o wyjazd na narty), z przelotem i dojazdem, wyżywieniem i skipasem, jest niższy niż taki sam wyjazd do Austrii, Włoch itp. Nie jest to znaczna różnica, owszem. Ale różnice są widoczne od razu, jeśli wejdziemy do sklepu lub gdy zamiawiamy jedzenie na stoku – jest o wiele taniej, porównywalnie z cenami w Polsce. Nie trzeba się “szczypać” z wydawaniem pieniędzy w takich miejscach, tak jak to zazwyczaj czynimy w kurortach we Francji czy Austrii. No i bardzo ważny argument, jakim są pustki na stokach i brak kolejek do wyciągów. Komfort jazdy po pustym stoku, widoki zapierające dech w piersiach, są bezcenne. Polecam!

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  • Jacek
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 08:50 | Permalink

    Super zdjęcia macie ;)

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    • Anna Alboth
      Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:29 | Permalink

      a dzięki!!

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  • Kasia
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 08:52 | Permalink

    A jak wygląda cena biletów wraz z bagażem niestandardowym (narty)?

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    • Anna Alboth
      Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:32 | Permalink

      I tu jest trochę problem! Bo za narty się dodatkowo płaci. My wzięliśmy tylko narty dziewczyn (do środka plecaka) i buty wszystkich, a resztę wypozyczaliśmy. Tez nie cały czas jezdziliśmy obydwoje, więc wypozyczaliśmy narty na dni.

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  • ewa
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 11:18 | Permalink

    Przez pięć lat co roku była Francja, w międzyczasie krótkie wypady w nasze Tatry – niestety tu za każdym razem po powrocie powtarzam sobie, że więcej tam nie pojadę ;)
    Aktualnie przerwa wychowawczo-ciążowa :) ale jak tylko będzie można wyskoczyć to spróbujemy z Gruzją :)

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    • Anna Alboth
      Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:35 | Permalink

      Spróbujcie! Fajna odmiana! I powodzenia w “przerwie” :)

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  • Posted February 25, 2015 at 11:37 | Permalink

    W Alpach, gdzie mieszkam, 60 EUR to skipass na weekend, także różnica jest. Przyznam się, że opcja wygląda ciekawie, na pewno bym ją rozważyła, gdybym mieszkała w Polsce.

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    • Anna Alboth
      Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:37 | Permalink

      Prawda, to jeszcze zalezy skąd się startuje!

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  • Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:17 | Permalink

    Hey friends, thanks for saying such a good words regarding Georgia and Gudauri!
    Pleasant to see smiling faces from around the globe here! And for sure – come again and again!

    Djos!

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    • Anna Alboth
      Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:41 | Permalink

      For sure we will!

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      • Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:48 | Permalink

        :)
        P.S. If you have some negative experience or wishes regarding Gudauri – can you please share on our email? We work to improve services there!

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  • Posted March 16, 2015 at 17:11 | Permalink

    Hi the Alboth!
    I am Director of the travel agency “TM Travel” in Georgia.
    First of all, I want to thank you for such warm words you shared about our country. You are always welcome.
    I want to ask you terms and conditions for using your articles; I mean, posting the articles and photos on our website (in English or translated in Russian).

    Looking forward.

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  • Posted November 6, 2015 at 06:47 | Permalink

    Such a great Information,thanks for sharing with us . Me and my family was planning to visit in Georgia and see All Attractions in Georgia ,Your information helps us to me for finding the best places .

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  • Hanna
    Posted November 15, 2015 at 19:02 | Permalink

    Hi.
    We are a Swedish family planning a trip (with two small children) to Georgia over Christmas. We are thinking of spending some time in Gudauri and wonder if you could share your Air BnB recommendation with us? And I will for sure be checking out this website for advice on Tblisi and other places.

    Thanks in advance!

    //Hanna

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  • Kris
    Posted January 7, 2016 at 13:19 | Permalink

    Hi

    Thank you for great article. Could you share the airbnb aparment ?
    Best regards
    Kris

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  • Posted October 21, 2016 at 09:42 | Permalink

    A możecie dać jakiś namiar na to airbnb? Bo właśnie liczymy co nam taniej wyjdzie :) czy Gruzja czy Alpy :) dzięki!

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  • Anya Gilliam
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 09:06 | Permalink

    Hey there, thanks for the post. We are booking our tickets to go there. You said Warsaw to Tbilisi there is a flight? Is it with LOT, or another airline?
    It is a bit tough to figure out that flight. Thanks!

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