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PRIVATE FREERIDE POWDER & CAT SKIING TOUR
9 Days | 8 Nights | 6 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Price based on twin-share, 9-day tour with a minimum of 8 people
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USD 2,350
Combine wild adventure & luxurious comfort in the 2 snowiest & remote regions of Georgia on a 9-day ski safari. World-class freeriding, cat skiing, ancient culture & delicious cuisine await you in the Adjara & Svaneti regions. Private groups only. Get your crew together & book for your best dates & duration....
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Goderdzi & Svaneti Ski Safari Tour

Overview

Combine wild adventure and luxurious comfort for 9-days in the 2 snowiest and most remote regions of Georgia - Goderdzi and Svaneti.

Join with expert hosts & guides to discover Georgia’s world-class freeriding, remote cat skiing, ancient culture, and delicious cuisine. With Adjara’s heavy snowfall and Svaneti’s rugged terrain, linking Georgia’s two best ski regions in one trip is no easy feat. With the tour operator’s logistical expertise and local guides, we make sure that you’ll find adventure by day and comfort by night. Customize your trip to include ski-touring in Svaneti’s medieval villages for an added dose of adventure.

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Highlights

The highlights of this 9-day skiing journey include:
• Cat ski Goderdzi - Spend 2 days skiing among scenic mountain villages and old growth pine forests in Georgia’s snowiest region, accessed by our own private snowcat.
• Freeride Svaneti at Tetnuldi and Hatsvali Ski Resorts - Enjoy modern ski lifts, exhilarating off-piste zones, powdery glades, and sweeping views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
• Explore with experienced guides - Ski and travel with a fluent English-speaking GMGA-certified guide who knows the hidden corners of Georgia’s mountain terrain and unique culture.
• Relax in style - Recharge in Goderdzi’s luxury hotel, indulge in traditional dishes cooked at the family guesthouse in Svaneti, and get a taste of Tbilisi’s vibrant character in the city’s most stylish hotel.
• Uncover Georgia’s ancient culture - Climb Svaneti’s medieval stone towers, learn how to properly eat khinkali, and drink wine like a Georgian.
• Do it your way - Customize your trip to include ski touring for an added dose of adventure.
• Everything is organised for you, so relax and enjoy.
• This tour will provide ski & travel 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 9-day tour starts and finishes in Tbilisi or Kutaisi. Whilst the tour can be fully customised, the standard itinerary includes 3 nights at Goderdzi where you get to two full days of cat-skiing. On the fourth day your group travels by road to the remote Svaneti and the town of Mestia for 5 nights to ski its untouched alpine powder slopes & and tour amongst ancient, fortified stone tower houses. On day nine, you return to Tbilisi through more incredible Georgian landscapes.

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.

Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia

Snow & Terrain

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.

Characterized by steep faces and craggy peaks, Svaneti is the ultimate region to experience the highlights of freeriding in Georgia. Two ski resorts access a variety of forested and alpine terrain, including everything from mellow, playful rollers to steep chutes host to a 2022 Freeride World Tour event. For those inclined to hiking, dozens of ski tours lead to Svaneti’s long glaciers and epic backcountry faces which feel straight out of a ski movie. Snowpack is deep and lasts from late December until late April.

Accommodation & Meals

Nine nights of comfortable accommodation in double/twin rooms including breakfast and dinner every day are included in the price. Accommodation is in the luxurious Ambassadori Hotel and Spa in Goderdzi, and the comfortable family-owned Edelweiss Guesthouse acclaimed for its authentic cuisine in Svaneti. Your guide will be with you for the entire trip and will always be ready to recommend the best dishes and favourite 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. German and Czech-speaking guides are also 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 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.

Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia

Goderdzi-Svaneti Ski Safari 9-Day Itinerary

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

Transfer to Goderdzi from the airport via 4WD car and snowcat shuttle. Welcome dinner feast and night at the 5-star Ambassadori Hotel Goderdzi.
Overnight: Ambassadori Hotel Goderdzi
Meals included: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 and 3: Cat Skiing at Goderdzi

Two full days of cat skiing. After your snowcat driver drops the group off, take laps in old-growth forest and empty villages studded with rustic wooden huts. Whether it’s dumping snow or a bright and sunny day, you’ll enjoy the mystical charm that only remote mountain villages possess. The day is only complete after a hearty meal of Adjarian cuisine and a dip in the Ambassadori pool.
Overnight: Ambassadori Hotel Goderdzi
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Drive to Mestia, Svaneti

Your skilled driver safely navigates the snow-covered dirt road from Goderdzi in a jacked-up 4WD - the only type of car capable of driving here! Along the way, there will be stops in the village Khulo to ride the nearly 2km long cable car hanging high above the densely forested valley with sweeping views of the Caucasus, and then again along the coast for lunch and an optional swim in the Black Sea! The road up to Mestia is a long but beautiful one and you’ll arrive ready for a feast and a good night’s rest in our favorite local guesthouse, Edelweiss.
Overnight: Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Days 5 to 8: Explore the Svaneti region

Known for its high peaks, medieval towers, and strong mountain culture, Svaneti offers a unique experience for the intrepid skier. On snowier days, Hatsvali ski resort offers protected tree skiing and uncrowded piste laps. On clearer days, Tetnuldi’s chutes and bowls are a freerider’s paradise. Ski tourers can explore nearby glaciers and hunt for powder above the medieval village of Ushguli. Your expert guides will choose the destination based on the conditions each day and the group’s desires.
Overnight: Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Drive from Mestia to Tbilisi & Departure

Another long but beautiful travel day. We’ll complete the triangular road trip through another part of the country and finish in Tbilisi (or Kutaisi) where you can spend your last night or fly out.
Overnight: N/A
Meals included: Breakfast

Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Goderdzi and Svaneti Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Tetnuldi, Hatsvali & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia

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

Lodgings

As a true ski safari, this tour spends 8 nights in 2 different locations, all with superb accommodations & dining. Most dinners & all breakfasts are included in the tour price. In true Georgian style, your will be amazed at the quantity and quality of the local cuisine.

Ambassadori Hotel and Spa, Goderdzi

A new luxury hotel in a ski-in ski-out location at the base of the ski lifts, Ambassadori Hotel & Spa is the best accommodation in Goderdzi and your place of lodging for three nights at the start of the ski safari. All breakfasts and one welcome dinner is included here.

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

Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia

In the Svaneti for 5 nights your base will be in the village of Mestia and the comfortable family-owned Edelweiss Guesthouse, acclaimed for its authentic Svan cuisine. The tour price includes all breakfasts & dinners in Mestia.

Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

9-day tour from USD$2350/person

  • Price based on minimum group size of 8, twin-share
  • Price increases for smaller groups (i.e. $2650 in a group of 4)
  • Invoice / base currency is USD$
  • Custom dates for private groups only
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Inclusions
  • HOSTING & GUIDING: Professionally qualified private host & guide for 9 days
  • ACCOMMODATION: 8 nights accommodation in Goderdzi & Mestia
  • MEALS: All breakfasts & 6 dinners (including welcome & farewell feasts)
  • GROUND TRANSPORT: All transportation during the tour incl. from Tbilisi or Kutaisi return, plus oversnow when required
  • FREERIDING &/OR SKI-TOURING: 4 full days of lift-accessed freeriding and/or ski touring in Svaneti
  • CAT SKIING: 2 full days of cat skiing in Goderdzi (10 hours snow cat time)
  • LIFT PASSES: All Georgian ski resort lift passes during the tour
  • SPA ACCESS: Unlimited spa access whilst in Goderdzi including pool & sauna with mountain view, & steam sauna
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.