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PRIVATE FREERIDE POWDER & SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5+ Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,800
Ski through medieval villages surrounded by 5,000m peaks. Experience thundering glaciers, roaring celebrations & untracked powder. This is adventure Svan-style. Combining lift access & ski-touring, this tour is for private solos & groups only. Get your crew together & book for your best dates & duration ....
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Svaneti Ski Tour

Overview

Combine wild adventure and luxurious comfort 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 operators 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 8-day skiing journey include:
• Freeride Svaneti at Tetnuldi and Hatsvali ski resorts - Enjoy modern ski lifts, exhilarating off-piste zones, powder laden glades, and sweeping views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
• Explore with deeply knowledgeable guides - We’re proud to work with fun-loving, powder-hungry GMGA guides who are passionate about sharing Svaneti’s mountains and culture.
• Ski tour to iconic destinations like Ushguli village and the Chalaadi Glacier - Trust us, there’s nothing like ski touring in remote medieval villages surrounded by grand glaciers.
• Svan culture & cuisine - Georgia is famous for its welcoming culture, fresh food, and unique wine. Experience all this including climbing Svaneti’s medieval stone towers, and learning to drink wine like a Georgian!
• Do it your way - Customize your trip to include more of what you want.
• 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 who are excited about freeriding and ski touring.
  2. People who want to dive deep into one incredible region.
  3. People excited by unique cultural and culinary experiences.
Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia
Svaneti & Goderdzi Ski Safari Tour, Georgia

Itinerary

The full 8-day tour starts and finishes in either Tbilisi or Kutaisi. Whilst the tour can be fully customised, the standard itinerary includes 6 nights in Mestia. 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 for a night on the town.

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.

Snow & Terrain

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. Out of bounds, 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

Seven nights of comfortable accommodation in double/twin rooms including all breakfast and dinner every day are included in the price. Accommodation starts in the comfortable family-owned Edelweiss Guesthouse in Mestia, acclaimed for its authentic Svanetian cuisine, and ends with a last night in the stylishly, elegant Rooms Hotel in Tbilisi. In between your stay in Mestia, depending on the tour choices, you may spend several nights in an Ushguli village guesthouse or high in the mountains at Cloudbase Hut. Your guide will be with you for the entire trip and will always be ready to recommend the best dishes and favorite apres 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 and a fitness level suitable for ski-touring at high elevation for 3-4 hours. The 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, you can join an off-piste ski course to brush up on your technique before setting out into the wild. All of the 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

Gudauri-Bakuriani-Goderdzi Ski Safari 8-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Tbilisi or Kutaisi. Drive to Mestia, Svanetia

Head to Svaneti with the promise of beautiful mountains, famous hospitality, and countless surprises. The drive to Svaneti is long, but we promise it’s worth every kilometer. After we arrive, you’ll settle into Edelweiss Guesthouse, an authentic slice of local life. Enjoy a welcome dinner sampling Georgia’s famous cuisine – cozy fare for cold snowy nights. Thanks to Georgians’ famous hospitality and delicious wine, you’ll quickly learn to repeat “Gaumarjose!” (“Cheers!”) to celebrate our long-awaited arrival.
Overnight: Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Meals included: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Ski Tetnuldi or Hatsvali ski resort

Begin your trip at one of the two local Mestia ski resorts, Tetnuldi or Hatsvali. On a clear day, Tetnuldi is a freerider’s paradise - so perfect that Tetnuldi hosted the Freeride World Tour in 2022! Enjoy chutes, faces, and open trees with stunning views of Tetnuldi peak, ending in a long out-of-bounds run to a nearby village. In snowy weather, the guides will choose Hatsvali ski resort - a true locals’ ski area. A 5-minute drive from the hotel, Hatsvali is perfect for quick laps and tricky tree runs. Ski tour along the ridge to warm up your touring legs and enjoy a peaceful forest ride. Finish the day with a stroll around town, taking in the historic medieval towers and village life.
Overnight: Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Ski Tour near Mestia

Depending on your interests and mountain conditions, our guides will select an ideal ski-touring day trip. Having trained extensively in Svaneti, our guides have a long list of local ski tours to share, from mellow glades to steep faces.
Overnight: Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 to 6: Multi-day trip to Ushguli or Chalaadi Glacier

In Svaneti, all options are good options. Our guides will select an ideal multi-day itinerary depending on the mountain conditions.

Option A: Ushguli - Deep in Svaneti lies Ushguli, a legendary group of medieval villages surrounded by Georgia’s tallest peaks and countless ski lines. Spend 3 days ski touring among the giants and resting in the peace and quiet of this secluded village.

  • Day 4: Drive to Ushguli, ski tour Ushguli.
  • Day 5: Ski tour Ushguli.
  • Day 6: Ski tour Ushguli, return to Mestia.

Overnight: 2 nights in an Ushguli guesthouse, last night in Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Option B: Cloudbase Hut and Chalaadi Glacier, plus day-trip near Mestia - Enjoy nature’s solitude at Cloudbase Hut on the slopes below Ushba, Svaneti’s iconic twin-peaked mountain. Spend 2 days on Chalaadi and enjoy one last ski tour or resort day in Svaneti.

  • Day 4: Ski tour up to Cloudbase Hut, spend the night.
  • Day 5: Ski tour Chalaadi Glacier, ending in Mestia.
  • Day 6: Day trip from Mestia (ski tour and/or ski resort).

Overnight: 1 night in Cloudbase Hut, 2 nights in Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Ski Hatsvali in the morning. Drive from Mestia, stay in Tbilisi or Kutaisi

If your legs are ready and the road conditions are good, we may have one last opportunity to ski at Hastvali Resort. Say goodbye to new friends, and hop in the car to drive back to the city for a farewell feast and a night out on the town.
Overnight: Rooms Hotel, Tbilisi
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Departure, fly home from Tbilisi or Kutaisi

After breakfast you will be transported to your airport departure point. If your first experience in Georgia is anything like ours, we bet that you’ll be back again soon. Don’t forget to pack a bag of Svan salt to enjoy back home! Until next time!
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 Tour of Svaneti. The knowledgeable guides will select exact slopes and times based on weather & snow conditions as well as participants' abilities & wishes.

Lodgings

The Svaneti ski tour spends 7 nights in up to 3 different locations, all with superb locally run, accommodations & amazing dining. All dinners & breakfasts are included in the tour price. In true Georgian style, your will be impressed at the quantity and quality of the local cuisine.

Edelweiss Guesthouse, Mestia

In the Svaneti your base will be in the village of Mestia and the comfortable family-owned Edelweiss Guesthouse, acclaimed for its authentic Svan cuisine.

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

Ushguli or Cloudbase Hut

For your overnight ski touring experience in Svaneti, lodging options include a local guesthouse in the snowbound village of Ushguli, or if skiing the Chalaadi Glacier, one night in the Cloudbase Hut located spectacularly on an alpine ridge on the way to the glacier.

Ushguli Tower House
Svan guesthouse cuisine
Cloudbase Hut

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi

For your last night on tour in the Georgian capital, enjoy 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$1800/person

  • Price based on minimum group size of 4, twin-share
  • Invoice / base currency is USD$
  • Custom dates for private groups only.
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Inclusions
  • HOSTING & GUIDING: Professionally qualified private host & guide for 8 days (guide-to-guest ratio, 1:4)
  • ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights comfortable accommodation in double/twin rooms
  • MEALS: Breakfasts & dinners every day of the tour
  • GROUND TRANSPORT: All transportation during the tour and from Tbilisi or Kutaisi & back
  • SKIING: 5+ fully guided ski days (1 to 3 days of lift-accessed skiing, 3 to 4 days of ski touring)
  • LIFT PASSES: Ski lift passes in Tetnuldi & Hatsvali ski resorts
  • SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Use of avalanche safety eqt & ski/snowboard or touring technique (if you want it!)
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.