Guidebook

Wild Ski Adventures Above Mestia

Experience the epic terrain, scenery and snow of Georgia's Svaneti region!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

The high altitude townlet (yes, it is a word!) of Mestia is home to some beautiful historical buildings - including several which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, about 2000 people and some of the best ski terrain in the Caucasus Mountains. Getting there requires a bit of effort but it's a journey well worth making for anyone who loves wild, big mountain skiing.

There's lift accessed skiing available at the nearby Tetnuldi Ski Resort, so we've included a couple of adventures which start from the chairlifts, but the area above Mestia is best known for its exceptional ski mountaineering terrain. With that in mind we've included a tour described by FATMAP Local Expert Peter Schön as "One of the best ski tours in Georgia" - the Chaaladi Glacier via Koruldi Lakes. The tour takes in a breathtaking amount of different terrain, and being linear makes it only feel more adventurous and challenging. Close to that tour we've also included one of Peter's other recommended routes; the 2 day trip to Chatyn-Tau West's SW flank - a stunning steep line which is about as "out there" as ski missions get.

Further east in Georgia is the famous ski area of Gudauri, which is rightly popular, but for the connoisseurs out there who want their ski adventures with a capital "A", head to Svaneti and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

Chaaladi Glacier via Koruldi Lakes
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chaaladi Glacier via Koruldi Lakes

1 day +
17.4 km
1,866 m
1,726 m
28 °
One of the best ski tours in Georgia
Difficult
Private
Chatyn-Tau West (4310 m) SW flank
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chatyn-Tau West (4310 m) SW flank

1 day +
19.4 km
2,679 m
2,680 m
41 °
One of the most beautiful steep skiing lines in the Caucasus
Severe
Private
Tetnuldi Steep Lines and Adishi
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tetnuldi Steep Lines and Adishi

3 - 4 hrs
7.7 km
442 m
1,393 m
41 °
Spicing up the classic route to Adishi with some serious steep terrain
Difficult
Private
TERNULDI powder highway

TERNULDI powder highway

865 m
35 °
58 m
3.0 km
chairlift access, fun long powder line with moderate terrain. ITS A BLAST!
Difficult
Private