– 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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