Guidebook

Backcountry Skiing in Georgia

Detailed description of the ski touring routes in Georgia Caucasus: Gudauri, Kazbegi, Svaneti, Ajara.

Description

There are almost no places left on our planet that you can discover with the feeling of a pioneer. Every corner is already described in detail and marked on Google maps. Except for Georgia. As if it is a special gift to our generation – the discovery of Georgia, a unique country in the South Caucasus (in Asia, in the Middle East), which was hidden from the attention of travelers for almost the whole last century due to a combination of several factors - the Iron Curtain during 70 years in the last century when Georgia was part of the USSR, civil wars, high level of crime and the long post-Soviet period of the country’s formative stage.

A little more than 10 years ago, Georgia opened up in all its glory. Historical places of interest, many of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, wide range of climatic zones, openness and hospitality of the local population, excellent cuisine of organic food, several hundred types of wine and untouched wild mountains - in this small mountainous country every curious traveler can plunge into an adventurous atmosphere and get a bright kaleidoscope of impressions during short vacation time.

Georgia is located in the south of the Great Caucasian Range. The mountains, the highest point of which reaches 5193 meters above sea level, form the entire northern border of the state and cover two-thirds of the country’s area.
Most of the mountainous areas are not inhabited, and in winter many mountain roads are covered with snow and are impassable.

The best time for one-day backcountry: end of January – mid-March. The best time for multi-day backcountry with overnight stays in tents or huts: March - April. May is the best month for ski-touring to the top of the Kazbek mountain.

Backcountry to the Lomisi Monastery of the 9th century

Backcountry to the Lomisi Monastery of the 9th century

3 - 4 hrs
6.2 km
767 m
760 m
37 °
If visiting an ancient Orthodox monastery, hidden on a mountain range where five monks live all year round sounds like an unforgettable adventure that you would enjoy, then this is the route to take.
Moderate
Private
Ski Adventures: Through Milioni to Narvani Valley

Ski Adventures: Through Milioni to Narvani Valley

6 - 7 hrs
18.1 km
701 m
1,962 m
25 °
Long route to enjoy the wildlife of the big mountains, pristine slopes, dry northern snow, incredible views and a wide choice of both safe and steep lines.
Difficult
Private
Freeriding in the Milioni Valley

Freeriding in the Milioni Valley

4 - 5 hrs
11.9 km
541 m
1,462 m
33 °
In Gudauri, this is the fastest and surest way to find perfect snow with a vertical drop more than a kilometer with the use of ski lifts.
Moderate
Private
Ski touring in the snow circus of Deda Ena Mt.

Ski touring in the snow circus of Deda Ena Mt.

4 - 5 hrs
8.2 km
903 m
929 m
37 °
The place of accumulation and preservation of huge reserves of excellent snow.
Difficult
Private
Ski touring in Sioni valley

Ski touring in Sioni valley

6 - 7 hrs
13.5 km
1,057 m
1,061 m
31 °
Sioni is one of the most spectacular itineraries in the region, characterized by a long approach, excellent snow quality, and a large selection of descent lines in a varied terrain.
Moderate
Private
Backcountry skiing in the area of Sheli and Miketi Mountains.

Backcountry skiing in the area of Sheli and Miketi Mountains.

4 - 5 hrs
8.7 km
926 m
911 m
38 °
The vast snowfields of Shele and the giant ridges of Miketi form an opportunity to leave your epic line on untouched powder - the dream of every freerider.
Moderate
Private
Sidecountry in Kobi valley

Sidecountry in Kobi valley

2 - 3 hrs
5.8 km
243 m
618 m
27 °
The routes to Kobi are the most visited in Gudauri due to their accessibility, endless runs, and the big vertical height difference.
Easy
Private
Route «Pentagon»

Route «Pentagon»

2 - 3 hrs
4.4 km
476 m
471 m
32 °
Ski-tour to the southern ridge of Bidara mountain from the west
Moderate
Private
Deda Ena - Khorisar - Truso

Deda Ena - Khorisar - Truso

1 day +
18.3 km
1,637 m
2,012 m
33 °
Beautiful remote route, striking with its scale and landscapes, Large selection of lines for descent.
Difficult
Private
Circular route around Bidara Mt.

Circular route around Bidara Mt.

5 - 6 hrs
14.2 km
919 m
1,487 m
38 °
Circular long combined route in the conditions of closed Cross Pass and impossibility to return to the resort by car.
Difficult
Private