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PRIVATE FREERIDE POWDER & CAT SKIING TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5+ Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
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USD 2,400
Discover the best of Georgia on an 8-day ski safari combining three world-class ski resorts, cat-skiing & stunning landscapes, with local cuisine, culture, & history. private groups only so get your crew together & book for your best dates & duration....
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Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour

Overview

3 destinations, 1 epic trip. Uncover Gudauri’s high-alpine ski lines, Bakuriani’s hidden powder stashes, and Goderdzi’s remote cat-skiing in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains.

If you want to try it all, then this 8-day fully private ski safari is for you. Travel with an expert guide from our partners Vagabond Adventures across Georgia to experience the long freeride runs of Gudauri, the steep and deep tree skiing at Bakuriani, and the powder-filled enchanted forest of Goderdzi. Along the way, your knowledgeable guides will share the best of Georgia’s rich culture – unmatched hospitality, epic dinner celebrations, and an 8,000 year old wine history. With their local expertise and your enthusiasm for traveling off the beaten path, your Georgian ski trip is set to be an unforgettable adventure.

Note that this trip can be fully customized as a lift-accessed freeride trip and/or ski-touring trip catering to your wants & needs.

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Highlights

The highlights of this 8-day skiing journey include:
• Experience Gudauri and enjoy the modern ski lifts, long pistes, extensive off-piste and sweeping views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains
• Cat ski in Goderdzi, Georgia’s hidden gem – Ski among scenic mountain villages and old-growth pine forests in Georgia’s snowiest region
• Ski forests and enjoy Bakuriani’s village charm. Follow your guides to their best powder stashes and enjoy Georgia’s most charming ski town
• Explore with experienced guides that are fun-loving, powder-hungry GMGA certified, and are passionate about sharing Georgia’s mountains and culture
• Enjoy Georgian culture & cuisine. Georgia is famous for its welcoming culture, fresh food, and wine
• Perfect your technique - the guides will give you the tips and tricks to help you blaze through the powder
• Visit the Samtskhe-Javakheti region for a memorable Georgian cooking workshop
• Everything is organised for you, so relax and enjoy.
• This tour will provide ski memories to last a lifetime.

Who this trip is great for?

  1. Groups with mixed skiing abilities and interests.
  2. People who prioritize exploring different towns and ski terrain.
  3. People excited by unique cultural and culinary experiences.

Itinerary

The full 8-day tour starts and finishes in Tbilisi or Kutaisi. Whilst the tour can be fully customised, the standard itinerary includes 2 nights at Gudauri where you get to ski with your guide in & around the resort for the afternoon of the first day and the next two full days. On the evening of the third day the group travels by road to Bakuriani to ski its untouched powder slopes & forests. After a day exploring Bakuriani, the group will be transported to Goderdzi for 3 nights in a local 5-star ski-in ski-out hotel and 2 days of cat-skiing. Later on day seven, you return to Tbilisi but not before sampling some more of the local culture by dabbling in a little cheese making as part of your lunch at a UNESCO cultural heritage site.

Have more time? The guides will be happy to spend more time showing you all the sights and skiing Georgia has to offer. Send us an inquiry to customize your experience.

To view the full program of the ski safari tour, see the Itinerary tab.

Gudauri, Bakuriani, Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Gudauri, Bakuriani, & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Gudauri, Bakuriani, & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia

Snow & Terrain

Gudauri’s modern ski lifts and nearly 1,300m of vertical make it a destination not to miss. Wide open alpine terrain, sweeping views of the Greater Caucasus, and world-class lift-accessed freeride descents characterize the ski area. With a range of steepness and terrain facing all aspects, there’s something for everybody in all weather in Gudauri. The continental climate can cause avalanche danger which should not be underestimated, but our experienced local guides know the safest routes.

Bakuriani has managed to fly under the radar of international travelers, meaning its steep and deep tree skiing is almost always pristine. High-speed lifts enable dozens of laps of some of the best forest imaginable, as well as exposed alpine terrain and a huge potential for lift-assisted ski tours. Bakuriani’s snow depth is generally between that of Gudauri and Goderdzi, and in our opinion is Georgia’s best-kept secret.

Goderdzi consists of rolling mountaintops, perfectly-spaced pine and beech forest, and Georgia’s deepest snowpack. Terrain ranges from mellow to moderate with isolated steep sections, lots of playful pillows and jumps, and the unique experience of skiing between snowed-in wooden houses in abandoned mountainside villages. We come here for powder and almost always leave satisfied.

Accommodation & Meals

Seven nights of comfortable accommodation in double/twin rooms including breakfast every day, welcome dinner, and farewell dinner are included in the price. Accommodation is in the boutique Ati Ambavi Hotel in Gudauri, where each unique room represents a story of a famous historical Georgian. In Bakuriani, we stay in elegant and stylish Rooms Kokhta with ski-in/ski-out access. The luxurious Ambassadori Hotel & Spa awaits us in Goderdzi, isolated below a distant mountain pass accessed by snowcat. On the last night we stay in Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, the urban twin of our Bakuriani hotel. Your guide will be with you for the entire trip and will always be ready to recommend the best dining locations & dishes plus favorite après spots. Upgrading to single rooms is possible for an additional fee.

For more detailed information on food & accommodation, see the Lodging tab.

Guides

Georgia’s mountains are wild and there is no avalanche control in backcountry ski zones, so we only work with the best guides who have the highest safety standards. All trips are led by a GMGA-certified backcountry ski guide who speaks fluent English and not only keeps you safe on the mountain, but also provides an exceptionally fun and exciting travel experience. We also have German and Czech-speaking guides available. The maximum guide-to-guest ratio during the tour will be 1:4.

Ski Ability & Customising Your Tour

This ski safari requires a minimum experience level of riding off-piste powder on mellow terrain. Our destinations include a range of descent options from intermediate powder runs to very steep experts-only chutes and everything in between. It is important that everyone in the group is at a similar level in order to ride together comfortably.

For those who wish to explore Georgia’s backcountry on a ski safari but do not have experience riding powder, we also offer off-piste ski courses to brush up on your technique before setting out into the wild. All of our guides are also qualified ski and snowboard instructors who are happy to help you improve your technique.

Getting to Georgia

Travel to Tbilisi (TBS) is simple via flights from most major cities in Europe and the Middle East. Many guests from all over the world fly via Dubai, London, Munich, Paris, or Istanbul. Direct flights to Kutaisi (KUT) arrive from many European cities on Wizz Air. Ski safari trips can start from either Tbilisi or Kutaisi. You will be picked up from the airport to start your tour.

For accommodation before or after the tour, see our Tbilisi or Kutaisi accommodation pages.

Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia

Gudauri-Bakuriani-Goderdzi Ski Safari 8-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Tbilisi or Kutaisi. Drive to Gudauri

Begin your Georgian ski adventure by driving 2½ hours to Gudauri Ski Resort. Marvel at the famed Georgian Military Highway, a scenic stretch of winding road surrounded by craggy peaks. In the afternoon, rest at the hotel or sneak in a few laps at the resort before enjoying your first traditional Georgian dinner.
Overnight: Ati Ambavi Hotel in Gudauri
Meals included: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Ski Gudauri

After some much-needed rest, we’ll make the most of this full day to explore all of the great freeride terrain Gudauri has to offer. In a single run, we can ski as much as 1,300 vertical meters from the top of Sadzele Peak to the bottom of Kobi Valley. On clear days, you will be able to see Mt. Kazbek – Georgia’s most iconic 5,000-meter volcano. Finish the day with a well-deserved après ski drink and enjoy Georgia’s world-renowned cuisine for dinner before heading in to relax at the spa.
Overnight: Ati Ambavi Hotel in Gudauri
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Ski Gudauri, Drive to Bakuriani

After a half day on Gudauri’s slopes, we’ll pause at the hotel for a warm shower before moving on to our next destination, Bakuriani. Known for its holiday scene and beautiful forest, Bakuriani offers a local, winter-wonderland feel.
Overnight: Rooms Hotel Kokhta, Bakuriani
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Ski Bakuriani. Drive to Goderdzi

A new day, a new resort! Spend the day lapping the hidden corners of Bakuriani’s forest and slopes. Most visitors tend to ski the pistes, so off-piste areas can retain untouched snow for many days after a snowfall. Take a break for lunch at a local snack bar or in the elegant Rooms Hotel Kokhta. Wind down with a shower before heading to Goderdzi, the final destination on the ski safari.
Overnight: Ambassadori Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Cat Ski Goderdzi

Tucked in the snowiest corner of the Caucasus, Goderdzi is a hidden gem among Georgian ski resorts. After a solid night of rest at Ambassadori Hotel, we’ll hop in the snowcat to ride up the mountain to begin our adventure. Over the course of the day, we’ll ski laps in grand pine trees, bounce in the powder fields of rustic villages, and enjoy unhindered views of snow-capped peaks extending into Turkey. End the day with a much-needed rest at Ambassadori’s spectacular spa.
Overnight: Ambassadori Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Cat Ski Goderdzi

On our second day of cat skiing in Goderdzi, we’ll choose between lapping our favorite area or hunting for untracked powder in a new zone. Whether it’s dumping snow or a sunny day, we’ll enjoy the mystical charm that only remote mountain villages possess. After this last epic day out, you’ll be glad to have the comforts of the hotel spa and local Adjarian cuisine. Top off the day with a cooking workshop, where you’ll learn how to make (and eat!) khinkali, Georgia’s famous dumplings.
Overnight: Ambassadori Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Drive to Tbilisi or Kutaisi via Samtskhe-Javakheti

After saying goodbye to your 'snowglobe' home, its time to be driven back to civilization. Along the way, you will stop in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region for a Georgian cooking workshop and to enjoy tenili, a rare and delicious cheese that was awarded “cultural heritage status” by UNESCO. Satisfied and full from our own handmade meal, your trip will come to a bittersweet close.
Overnight: Rooms Hotel Tbilisi
Meals included: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Day 8: Departure, fly home from Tbilisi or Kutaisi

After breakfast you will be transported to your airport departure point. After sampling a taste of all that Georgia has to offer, something tells us that this won’t be your last trip to the Caucasus Mountains! We await your return – until next time!
Meals included: Breakfast

Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Gudauri, Bakuriani, & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia

Please note this itinerary is an example of the Ski Safari Tour of Gudauri, Bakuriani & Goderdzi. The knowledgeable guides will select exact slopes and times based on weather & snow conditions as well as participants' abilities & wishes.

Lodgings & Food

As a true ski safari, this tour spends 7 nights in 4 different locations, all with superb accommodations & dining.

Ati Ambavi Hotel

Your first 2 nights on the tour will be spent in the Ati Ambavi Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the new upper mountain sector of the Gudauri ski resort village.

Ati Ambavi Hotel, Georgia
Ati Ambavi Hotel, Georgia
Ati Ambavi Hotel, Georgia

Rooms Hotel Kokhta

In Bakuriani, you will stay for a memorable night in the elegant Rooms Kokhta, a stylish, new hotel in a ski-in ski-out location right next to the ski lifts.

Rooms Hotel Kokhta, Georgia
Rooms Hotel Kokhta, Georgia
Rooms Hotel Kokhta, Georgia

Ambassadori Hotel and Spa

A new luxury hotel in a ski-in ski-out location at the base of the ski lifts at Goderdzi, the Ambassadori Hotel & Spa is the best accommodation in the region and your base for 3 nights.

Ambassadori Hotel and Spa, Georgia
Ambassadori Hotel and Spa, Georgia
Ambassadori Hotel & Spa, Georgia

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi

For your last night on tour in the Georgian capital, enjoy the urban twin of your Bakuriani hotel, the fabulous Rooms Hotel Tbilisi.

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia
Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia
Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

8-day tour from USD$2400/person

  • Price based on minimum group size of 4, twin-share
  • Invoice / base currency is USD$
  • Custom dates for private groups on request.
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Inclusions
  • HOSTING & GUIDING: Professionally qualified private guide for 8 days (guide-to-guest ratio, 1:4)
  • ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights accommodation in Gudauri, Bakuriani, Goderdzi & Tbilisi (twin-share)
  • MEALS: All breakfasts & 2 dinners (welcome & farewell dinners)
  • LIFT PASSES: Ski lift passes for all Georgian ski resorts
  • SKIING: 5 full guided ski days (3 days of lift-accessed skiing, 2 days of cat skiing)
  • GROUND TRANSPORT: All transportation during the tour & from Tbilisi or Kutaisi & back
  • SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Use of avalanche safety eqt & ski technique (if you want it!)
  • CAT SKIING: 2 days cat skiing at Goderdzi
  • SPA: Sauna/spa access where available
  • CULTURAL EXPERIENCES: Traditional cheese & cheese-bread making experience, khinkali dumpling-making workshop & dinner
Add-ons
  • SINGLE ROOM: Price upon request
  • GEAR RENTALS: Ski, Snowboard & Touring Equipment (prices on request)
  • AVI SAFETY EQUIPMENT: ABS Backpack, Beacon, Shovel, Probe (prices on request)
Not Included

Terms & Conditions

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Vagabond Adventures, at the time of booking, and including but not limited the payment & cancellation T&Cs listed below. Any contractual arrangements as a result of a booking enquiry are directly with the tour operator and is subject to their terms and conditions.

Payment

30% deposit required to book. The remainder must be paid a minimum of 30 days before the trip.

Cancellation by the Client

All cancellations must be submitted to the Company in writing, are effective as of the date we receive them according to our internal records, and will be subject to a cancellation fee (“Cancellation Fee”) as follows (amounts are per person and only apply to amount paid after the non-refundable deposit amount):
◦ Cancellation 30 days or more prior to trip departure – 30% of total booking cost
◦ Cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure – 100% of total booking cost

Cancellation policy for custom trips may differ from these terms and will be communicated prior to booking.

No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. The same applies if you leave a trip or cannot fully participate in a trip due to injury or illness. Refunds will be at the discretion of the Company if you are involuntarily forced to leave a trip for any reason. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.

Cancellation by the Company

The Company reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to the scheduled departure date for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation, insufficient participation, local weather conditions or logistical problems that, in our sole reasonable judgment, may impede trip operations. In the event of trip cancellation by the Company for any reason whatsoever other than a force majeure event, your sole and exclusive remedy shall be the refund by the Company of all payment amounts received from you by the Company as of the date of cancellation, and the payment thereof shall release the Company from any and all other or further liability in any way related to such cancellation. The Company makes substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the scheduled trip departure date. Accordingly, if a trip is cancelled due to a force majeure event (e.g. acts of God, war, labor strikes, earthquake, flooding, etc.), the Company will undertake commercially reasonable efforts to promptly refund the portion of any amounts paid by you that have, in turn, not already been advanced to suppliers. In addition, the Company will use commercially reasonable efforts to recover and refund to you the balance of your payment amounts that were advanced to suppliers, less the costs, if any, of such recovery, as promptly as possible. However, (a) the Company does not guarantee recovery of any portion of advance payments made to suppliers, and (b) commercially reasonable recovery efforts under this Section shall not include or require, and shall be fully satisfied and performed exclusive of, the institution of any legal proceedings by or on behalf of the Company in any forum, venue or jurisdiction whatsoever. The Company is not responsible for, and you hereby release and forever discharge the Company from, any expense or cost incurred by you in preparing for or arising or resulting from a cancelled trip, including without limitation, the cost of non-refundable airfare, other transportation, lodging and meal expense, visa fees, medical expenses, equipment and clothing purchases, and the cost of any additional or alternative arrangements you elect or are required to incur or make as a result of a cancelled trip.

Booking Amendments

If you wish to change your booking in any way, you must contact us as soon as possible and we will accommodate your request to the best of our ability. Surcharges may apply.

Substitution of a Client

If any member of the party is prevented from traveling because of the death, injury or serious illness of the passenger, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, it may be possible to transfer the booking to another suitable person (acceptable to the Company) provided that (a) written notice is given at least 30 days prior to departure, and (b) you will be responsible for any expense, fee or charge incurred by or imposed on the Company by suppliers and vendors that may arises as a result of the transfer or substitution. An administration fee of up to $100 may be imposed by the Company to cover its internal costs associated with the booking transfer. In addition, you will be responsible for any fees or expenses arising from the substitution or change that are imposed by vendors or suppliers of services not included in the trip price, which may include by way of example, airline cancellation charge and change fees.