Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
The Milioni Valley lies directly after the Kobi Valley from the back, on the northern side of the Gudauri Ski Resort with the northern slope exposure.
There are several options for descent along the edges of the terrain, and because of this local freeriders call the route "Alaska." The route ends near the village of Kobi on the Georgian Military Road.
The steepness of the slopes is 30 - 37º. The descent to the Milioni Valley is one of the best routes for those who want to find perfectly untouched powder with the help of ski lifts.
Due to the need to traverse a little bit and ascend to the crosspiece of the nearby valley (50 m ascent), the route is the least crowded, since freeriders with ordinary skis and snowboards can’t get here.
A skitour or splitboard set are essential to reach the beginning of the descent, with only half an hour of easy traverse.
The route is very picturesque, and the descent lines are some of the best in the region. Since 2019, after the launch of new ski lift lines to the Kobi Valley, returning to the resort has become easier.
Now, if you descend from the Milioni valley to the Kobi village with a cushion time of at least 40 minutes, you can return to the resort by ski lifts (which is very convenient if the Cross Pass is closed and traffic through it is stopped).
Using two gondolas from Kobi, you can ascend to the Kobi pass and descend from there to the resort point you need. Before starting a route to Milioni, make sure that the cable cars on Kobi are working, check their working hours and try to descend to Kobi with a large cushion time of at least 40 minutes – the time required for a walk from the end point of the route to the start of cableway to Kobi. Returning to the resort by car, you can make a stop a few minutes before Gudauri near the Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument, which has been there since Soviet times, in honor of the 200-year friendship between Georgians and Russians.
In addition to this interesting fact, even better are the incredible views from this area on a half-kilometer precipice, a volcanic plateau, and a mountain lake (artificial).