– Can’t you go to Austria, Switzerland or Italy to ski, like all the normal people?! – some reacted like this on idea about Skiing in Georgia. Well. But Georgia is our beloved country, has amazing mountains, friendly people, wonderful food, good flight connections and cheap prices. And not everybody is skiing there ;) So this year we will to to the Gudauri ski resort! [Last Update: Jan 2018]
Why exactly to the Gudauri Ski ressort?
Gudauri is simply the best ski resort in Georgia and the the whole Caucasus: 6 modern chairlifts/cable car from 2,000 up to 3,000 metres a.s.l., 50 km of slopes (and much more off tracks, powder snow, free ride possibilities), kids lifts and slopes, three helicopter skiing companies, a dozen of really affordable ski and snowboard rentals, a wide range of accommodations (let it be simple or super luxury). This all comes along with the Eastern European hospitality, relaxed lifestyle. The Caucasus’ panorama is unforgettable – especially looking on the Kazbeg Mountain (5,033m). Just have a look!
We found very cheap flight (20 Euros) from Warsaw (Poland) to Tblissi (Georgia). So we convinced also some friends and their families to join our Georgia ski holidays. It’s always more fun with friends. We could make “nursery shifts”. Some discovered the Caucasus with kids, some went skiing. Anna an me could even have some romantic moments: watching the stunning scenery and afterward flying down the mountain trough freshly fallen powder snow.
We first spent some three days in our beloved Tblissi – the capital of Georgia. This romantic city, full if stories, with historical buildings set up by different emperors, great Georgian restaurants and wine, old bathhouses from the 13th century, ancient churches, the emerald green river surrounded by cliffy mountains.
And finally we started with 10 people in some little bus toward the Caucaus. After the one hour we met the first snowfields in the valleys, up the windy roads the snow became more and more and suddenly we stopped in the middle of this impressive winter panorama – in the Gudauri ski resort.
The skiing conditions are perfect: the slopes well prepared, modern lifts, no waiting, all the time the view on the Caucasus mountains. The prices of ski passes make you happily smile (absolutely not-to-compare with the Alps – 60EU for one week!). The highest spot you can get to is above 3,200 metres and you can ski and ski and ski!
When the sun was shining both our girls were also happily skiing at the kids slopes, 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 the signs are not dummy proof, sometimes rare – so you might be surprised where you end up.
You feel like freeride tours and powder snow?
If you love freeride tours you have to contact Iva from Gudauri Freeride Tours and plaese, tell him “Hello from The Family Without Borders”! We met him many years ago hitchhiking coming back from hiking. This guy not only know all the tracks and mountains, he is also and Freeski hero, driving with the Red Bull Freeski Team. Here a welcome 2017/18 video from Gudauri.
Early December Cat Skiing Goderdzi Ski Resort WWW.FREERIDE.GE
Posted by Gudauri Freeride Tours on Dienstag, 26. Dezember 2017
If you still don’t have enough, check out this video of Iva.
What to do – if not skiing in Gudauri Ski resort?
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.
But Gudauri can impress not only the skiing or snowboarding 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 ;)))
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.
How to get to the Gudauri ski resort?
You will need to take a flight (to Tblissi or Kutaisi) and a bus/taxi transfer to Gudauri.
The cheapest flight to Gudauri you will find via Skyscanner > Tiblissi. A round trop from Germany to Gudauri cost approx. 250€ via Skycanner. There are also direct flights from Germany from Berlin to Kutaisi. (Therefor you will have a 2 hours longer and 100 Dollars more expensive bus ride).
Don’t forget about adding the ski equipment/luggage when you book your flight. We just took the ski boots, since rentals in Gudauri are cheap (compared with the Alps).
The transfer from Tblissi Airport to Gudauri can be done by private taxis/mini busses. The trip takes about 2 hours. The price is approx. 60 Dollars for 2 persons. If you want to feel save – book your transfer before, for example here, here oder here. You can also try to bargain at the airport. We asked around in Tblissi an payed only 90 Dollars for 12 people. You will need to pay on arrival in Gudauri (or in case the driver has not enough money for the petrol in his pockets ;)
We still stopped on the way to make some bigger shopping in Tblissi (since we wanted to cook on our own and we were not sure about the quality of supermarkets in Gudauri). Ten years ago there was still no shop. Now there is a supermarket, and dozen of good restaurants. But shopping in Tblissi is definitely cheaper.
Accomodation – where to sleep in Gudauri?
Sleeping in a ski resort – 2,000 metres above sea level – is never cheap. But it’s still much cheaper then in Switzerland, Austria… The night in the cheapest hostel is about 22 Dollars, but there are not too many of those hostels. The average hotels are cost around 100 Dollars per night. The best offers you will probably find on Booking.com > Gudauri. On booking.com you will find nearly all the little guesthouses, but also luxury hotels.
But – it’s important book in the right area – near the lifts (there are no public busses) and close to the supermarket. We slept around here (klick on the Soncho Gudauri and then on the map to find accommodations around.
Well – have fun on you adventurous skiing trip to Gudauri! I am already jelous in case you will really do it. Please, leave us a message/post on our Facebook-Seite or on Instagram with the hastag #thefamilywithoutborders. Like this we can be together.
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