Ski resorts in Georgia
Georgia is a small state in the Caucasus. An independent country that carries through the years love for its homeland, pride in its nation. Georgians honor traditions, respect the older generation, are famous for their hospitality and have a hot temperament. To visit the resorts of Georgia means to enjoy the clean air and the warm sea, admire the ancient monasteries and healing springs, visit both the valleys and the snow-capped mountain peaks. Mountainous Georgia is in no hurry to develop modern amenities, but the stunning nature, which has created the necessary conditions for lovers of mountain tourism, calls for the development of infrastructure. What, by the way, was written by the British newspaper “The Telegraph”, putting Georgia in fifth place in the ranking among the top ten countries providing extreme recreation.
Climate and features of local mountains
Georgian Military RoadAt any time of the year, the country is open for tourists, offering to visit different climatic zones. The Caucasus Mountains stood in the way of continental cyclones, which, even breaking through from the Black Sea or the Caspian, lose their strength. Therefore, Western Georgia in winter lies almost without snow, Central Georgia is characterized by slight frosts, Eastern Georgia is the most wintery, and higher in the mountains, at an altitude of 3-4 thousand meters, there is constant snow and glaciers. Winter holidays in Georgia are ski resorts that open the season from November to May.
The mountains of the Caucasus are breathtaking and imaginative, deceptive and dangerous. Trying to conquer them is to face the power and majesty of nature, experience adrenaline and test your physical fitness. The ski areas of Georgia have slopes for both professionals who can experience backcountry and heli-skiing, as well as for beginners using the help of experienced instructors. The influence of mountain air at a certain height on the human body is beneficial. Climbing the mountains, use not only the active potential, but also the emotional one. Stop, look back romantics and travelers, absorb the height of the boundless sky, feel the dormant mountain rebellion, fall under the influence of the mysterious forces of the mountains.
Popular ski resorts in Georgia
Gudauri, Georgia And if we talk about ski resorts, then the most popular are, perhaps, Gudauri and Bakuriani. In addition to them – Svan Hatsvali and Tetnuldi (with the center in Mestia) and Adjarian Goderdzi. Gudauri is a developing resort located on the southern side of the Greater Caucasus Range. In addition to trails and tracks of international standards, there is an opportunity for freeride on virgin slopes. Not only experienced skiers (a 7 km long track has been created for them) and snowboarders will enjoy, but also families with children who are starting to master the simplest tracks. If you have never been to the Alps, then consider that your dream has come true, so the conditions can be said to be alpine. The Georgian Military Highway runs very close. The stone cross placed on it to mark the point of the pass in 1824 was called the Cross Pass. Historically, this road was a link between Asia and Europe.
The resort of Bakuriani has been known and popular since the times of the USSR and was used to train the Olympic team. Its status as the winter capital of Georgia has not been lost to this day. Bakuarini is located 29 km from Borjomi and is currently considered a modern ski resort. Snow cover lasts for 4-5 months and reaches 64 cm in height. Slightly cold weather splashing with the sun, hence the name from the locals “Sunny Valley” resort, which is impossible not to appreciate. This place was also chosen by Europeans, who know a lot about prices and the undoubted pleasure of extreme sports. Adventurers and extreme sportsmen, perhaps, will not refuse climbing and trekking. Paragliding is akin to soaring bird flights – it’s unforgettable. And also rafting, which has gained popularity since the 1980s.
All this and much more – today’s Georgia, which is rightfully considered the center of skiing. The country welcomes guests, tourists, skiers from Russia, America and Europe. Success is certain. Hotel complexes, cozy cottages and family hotels will help you to comfortably settle down and spend unforgettable days in the midst of the surrounding landscapes. The energy of the mountains, seething in the blood, is an acquaintance with Georgia, which will leave an indelible mark on your soul.