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IFMGA Guided Ski Tour Gudauri

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  • 8 Days
  • 1:6 Guide Ratio
  • Technical Difficulty: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Available February - April

Ski tour with IFMGA Guide in Gudauri, Georgia; the paradise for every type of skier. Located in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range of Georgia, Gudauri is just a 2 hour drive from Tbilisi International Airport. Gudauri is a small and charming mountain town sitting right above the tree line at 2,200m altitude. Scattered throughout the area are many different serviced ski resorts, restaurants, and, hotels all which have easy access to ski lifts. Neighboring the town is an abundance of mountains over 3,000m with dozens of untouched lines waiting to be discovered on your ski tour Gudauri trip. This will be our base for the duration of your IFMGA guided ski tour trip, as Gudauri’s ideal location allows you to ski tour some of the best backcountry spots in the day, and relax in the Gudauri’s liveliest resorts, bars, and restaurants at night.

We will escape from Gudauri’s resort crowds ski tour virgin slopes with backcountry runs exceeding 1,300 vertical meters from top to bottom. During your guided ski tour, you have an experience to see something many skiers never will. Our professional local mountain guides will lead you through the most breathtaking landscapes Gudauri has, where we will chase the best deep powder snow all day long. There is an exciting route for everyone ski touring in Gudauri, ranging from aggressive steep descents, to low angle easy terrains. 

While approaching some of these remarkable ski tour Gudauri spots, and while skiing down deep into different valleys, we run into abandoned villages and the ruins of Erkhoti. We will also stop at a fascinating 9th century Lomisa Monastery, where the hospitable monks offer hot tea and share historic stories. Just moments away from Lomisa Monastery is amazing snow-covered forests waiting for us to ski through. This IFMGA guided ski tour in Gudauri is surely the most unique experience, offering a great insight into the deep and historic culture of Georgia while carving through some of the best backcountry slopes we know of.

For another interesting experience of backcountry exploring in Georgia, checkout our ski tour in Svaneti

Your IFMGA Ski Tour Gudauri Team 

We are a team of motivated IFMGA/GMGA certified mountain guides that are dedicated to providing our guests with outstanding experiences in the mountains of Georgia. Our expert local mountain guides will keep you safe while making your dream ski tour adventure a reality. We enjoy finding the best experiences for our guests according to their skills and abilities. In addition to this, we are able to find great alternatives and solutions if there is bad weather or conditions during the ski tour. Sharing the beauty of Georgia’s backcountry is such a motivating factor that every guest who experiences happiness with us is a successful moment for us. We will find a match for you no matter what your skill level is, taking the stress out of of your ski tour Gudauri trip planning.

Experience Recommended

You should have good off piste and freeriding ski skills. You should also be efficient in skiing through multiple types of snow terrain. (Deep powder, heavy snow, crusty snow). You should have ample ski touring experience and be efficient using ski touring equipment. 

Fitness Levels recommended

You should have a great level of fitness. We will be ski touring up to 7 hours a day with 700 -800m of climbing per day. 

Itinerary

This itinerary is designed for intermediate to advance ski touring groups. However, we can design an itinerary for all skill levels. Please contact us and we will be happy to customize your trip.

Day 1

Arrival day. Arrival to Tbilisi International Airport where you will be picked by our driver. You will reach your hotel in Gudauri which will take about 2 hours of driving. Check in and enjoy the town of Gudauri for the night.

-Accommodation in Gudauri

Day 2

First day of skiing. After breakfast you will meet your IFMGA/GMGA guide and have a briefing about the day ahead. If you need any rental equipment, your guide will assist you.

We will make several runs on this day, using mostly lifts and skinning about 30 minutes to 90 minutes in total. We’ll enjoy the North side of Mt. Sadzele and West side of Mt. Bidara, with thrilling long runs off-piste down to a local road, where our driver will transport us back to Gudauri. Expect to ski about 3,500m vertical drops in total this day. Rest for the night in hotel.

Vertical ascent on Mt. Bidara: 100m / vertical descent: 600m

Breakfast, dinner included

accommodation in Gudauri

Day 3

This day will be the first full ski tour day, with an exciting culture tour ahead. First we’ll drive to village Mleta, a small village close to Gudauri. From here we’ll start our ascent on Mt.Lomisa, where we’ll meet an ancient 9th century Monastery on the top.  Monks will be happy to share stories of this historical place while they offer you hot tea. We’ll run a 800m vertical drop and take another similar tour up, through a majestic pine forest.  Enjoy our last run of the day and drive back to Gudauri.

Vertical ascent: 1600m / vertical descent: 1600m

Breakfast, dinner included

Accommodation in Gudauri

Day 4

We’ll drive about 20 minutes from Gudauri in the morning. Starting our climb, we’ll see the incredible landscapes of Mt. Dedaena. After reaching the saddle at 3,200m, we will take a moment to enjoy the wild horizons of the Caucausian range and see the mighty peak of Mt. Kazbegi in the distance. After an exhilarating 900m run down to the road, our driver will meet us and drive us back to Gudauri to rest for the night. 

Vertical ascent: 850m / vertical descent: 900m

Breakfast, dinner included

Accommodation in Gudauri

Day 5

On day 6 we will drive towards the beautiful Kazbegi region, just a 45 minute drive from Gudauri. We’ll reach Sioni, a small local village, and start our ascent at 2,000. We’ll climb up to 3,200m on the Narvani ridge and view the spectacular Sno Valley below. Our ski down of 1000m will be on the Northern exposed slopes, where the snow conditions are almost always favorable. After our ski we can visit the town of Kazbegi and explore this remarkable area. Transfer back to Gudauri

Vertical ascent: 1000m / vertical descent: 1000m

Breakfast, dinner included

Accomodation in Gudauri

Day 6

Check out of hotel. The driver will take us on the river side of Aragvi River and at 1650m we’ll skin up to the summit of Mt. Miketi until 2920m. Here we’ll be able to view the entire Gudauri area, and the marshmallow peaks surrounding it. This ski will be a thrilling 1,300m vertical drop, making for an epic last day of ski touring in Georgia. We’ll drive to get our belongings in the hotel and drive to Tbilisi. Check in to Tbilisi hotel.

Vertical ascent: 1300m / vertical descent: 1300m

Breakfast, dinner included

Accomodation in Tbilisi

Transportation to Tbilisi from Gudauri

Day 7

Departure day. Checkout of hotel and driver will transport you to airport

Breakfast included

Transportation from Tbilisi hotel to Tbilisi International Airport

Ski Tour Gudauri Equipment Needed

Technical Gear

Skis – with ski touring bindings mounted* Make sure they are correctly fitted bindings

Skins*

Velcro ski tie – for carrying skis on your backpack

Ski touring boots*

Ski crampons

Crampons* – Crampons should be automatic or semi-automatic. Designed for ice climbing. 12 point steel with anti-balling, which is preventing snow sticking

Harness* – Standard climbing lightweight harness with 2 screw karabiners. Recommended to be a harness which can be worn with crampons on. Harness should be able to fit with your mountaineering jackets on.

Ice Axe* – General mountaineering ice axe, suitable to your size. 1 single axe needed

Ski poles* – Telescopic (with large disks at the bottom)

Helmet*

Shovel* – With metal blade

Probe*

Transceiver*

**Rentable items at local rental shop

Personal Clothing & Gear

Backpack – 40-50L Ideally you should be able to attach your skis to straps on the backpack

Ski Goggles

Headlamp

Sunglasses – sunglasses for mountaineering that fit face snug and tight. Should be 3-4th UV category

Beanie hat, buff, balaclava – Gear to keep the head and face warm.

Hat for the sun

Waterproof Shell Jacket (1)

Down Jacket (1) – Light-medium weight preferably. Hooded or without hood is fine.

Mid Layer Jacket (1) – Fleece Jacket to put on top of thermal layer.

Thermal Base Layer Shirt (1) – Can be a synthetic or wool layer. Should be long sleeve, preferably ¼ or ½ zipper for ventilation.

Waterproof Shell Trousers (1 pair)

Soft Shell trousers – Tough & windproof

Thermal Base Layer Underwear/Leggings (1 pair) – Can be synthetic or wool.

Water Proof Insulated Gloves or Mittens – 1 Pair. For cold weather

Trekking Gloves – 1 pair. Should be warm, but not bulky. Only for ski touring and on the base camp.

Technical Ski Socks – Medium weight good quality ski socks. Bring a few pairs.

Other Essentials

50+ SPF Sun protection SPF for lips and face.

Thermos – Up to 1 liter

Reusable water bottle – Up to 1 liter

Any required medication and first aid kit

Mobile phone

Pricing Options

  • Group of 1 — 2000 EUR per person
  • Group of 2 — 1350 EUR per person
  • Group of 3 — 1050 EUR per person
  • Group of 4 — 900 EUR per person
  • Group of 5 — 900 EUR per person
  • Group of 6 — 900 EUR per person

*Please contact us for pricing on groups larger than 6 people

Price Includes

  • 5 days with IFMGA certified local mountain guide (English and/or Russian speaking)
  • Ski lift passes
  • All vehicle transportation during trip from arrival to departure.
  • Accommodation - Hotel Tbilisi (1 night)* Hotel Gudauri (5 nights)*
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner in Guduari hotel
  • Breakfast in Tbilisi hotel

Price Excludes

  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Lunches during the trip
  • Dinners while staying in Tbilisi hotel (guide will provide local recommendations for best restaurants and Georgian cuisine)
  • Equipment rental fees
  • Personal clothing and gear