Gudauri is a mountain resort in Georgia located on a south-facing plateau of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, 120 km (75 mi) or about 2 hours drive from its capital, Tbilisi, making it convenient for short, weekend ski trips from December through April. Valleys and untouched foothills around Gudauri offer exceptional high quality skiing opportunities. The snow can reach up to 1.5 m (5 ft) deep at times with good powder. The mountain’s average skiable elevation is 2,200 m (7200 ft) above sea level, so the weather can be chaotic and extreme.
20 ski pistes with total length of 70 kilometers provide perfect skiing conditions for tourists. Slopes here are divided according to the following levels of difficulty - beginners, intermediate, advanced, expert. Gudauri is famous for its off-piste opportunities down the unspoiled virgin slopes. The deep powdery snow, lack of stones, and minimal risk of avalanches made Gudauri kind of Mecca of freeriding. The resort is also surrounded by large areas with off-piste slopes for these types of riding, as the backcountry and heli-ski. Ski slopes are equipped with artificial snow-making systems. Professionals can enjoy slalom slopes, giant slalom, super giant slalom and downhill slopes. All tracks are certified by the International Ski Federation.
Gudauri provides 18 ski lifts built by the world’s leading manufacturers of ski lifts as Doppelmyer and Poma. Lifts run every day from 10 am to 4.30 pm, regardless of the number of skiers on the slopes and usually serve 15000 visitors per hour. The bottom lift station is located at an altitude of 1993 meters (6500 feet), while the upper station – 3276 m (9980 feet). Lifts can be closed in rare cases due to adverse weather conditions: at very low visibility and strong wind gusts. Cableways are equipped with backup generators in case of power crashes or power outages. Along the slopes and lifts free Wi-Fi connection is available. The resort has various ski and rental services, and if you are only doing the first steps, you can always seek the services of professional instructors.
Gudauri is the resort which has it all – tubing zone, night skiing opportunity, heli-ski and paragliding, ski tours and even a bike parks in summer. It is a growing resort, enchanting visitors with its wealth of opportunities for an active holiday in mountains.