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Freeride skiing in Georgia - Southern Caucasus

8 days from 1745 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort
Géorgie Montagne Maximum altitude 3800 m Skill level : 2 Montagne Stamina level : 2

In a nutshell

How about freeride skiing in a great ambience in the awesome Caucasus mountains ? Looking for a unique skiing adventure without breaking the bank ? Want to have a great time with people who’ll leave their mark long after you’ve gone ?

Then our trip to Georgia is made for you ! A few hours on a plane and you’ll be skiing the breathtaking mountains near the Russian border all day long, visit orthodox monasteries set on mountain peaks, explore isolated valleys, come across charming villages of a time long gone by. It’s almost like going back in time. Add to this the great Georgian food and wine… Do or should we really have to tell you more about this trip ? 

2018's ski trip video : Welcome to Georgia - A skiing trip in the Caucasus with Azimut

Pros

  • Our UIAGM certified guide assisted by a local experienced guide
  • Ski in a typical Caucasus atmosphere, wide open spaces with a real sense of freedom 
  • A great and inexpensive trip (return flights available for approx. € 200), and no jet lag !
  • No booking fees

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)
  • 1745€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Meet up in Tbilisi

Meet up at the hotel in Tbilisi (we can organise your flights, just contact us). Flights usually arrive early in the morning. Rest day in Tbilisi and possibility to visit the city. Dinner not included, at your convenience.

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 2 - Warm up at Gudauri

Departure by minibus for the Gudauri area (a 2 1/2 hrs drive) to set up base camp in a cozy hotel. We take the cable cars, warm up, discover the mountain range and check conditions.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Days 3 & 4 - Great freeride skiing aroundGudauri

Skiing from the Gudauri cable cars. We ski many sumptuous routes, some of which end on the road to Russia.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 5 - A full day skiing & transfer to Kazbeki

We take the Gudauri cable cars to start skiing. We ski many sumptuous itineraries, some of which end on the "highway" to Russia. After packing, we won’t be sleeping there tonight, the minibus will deliver our luggage on the road to Kazbeki. Descent and transfer to Kazbeki (Stephantsminda), a beautiful little village overlooking Mount Kazbek (5033 m).

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: homestay

 

Day 6 - Transfer to Sno valley

The atmosphere is extremely pleasant and the minibus drops us off where snow clearing stops. A relaxing day in the nature with a departure on a magnificent plateau with breathtaking views of Mt Kazbek. At the end of the plateau, we climb one of the surrounding peaks. Descent and transfer to Gudauri. 

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 7 - Ski touriing or ski freeride

Breakfast, then we have two options according to our desires and conditions outdoors: 

- either skiing to Lomissa monastery, still inhabited by monks. Remember to bring something for them. Descent via beautiful valleys often covered with powder

- or another day of skiing near the Gudauri cable cars (freeride)

Descent and transfer back to Tbilisi. Dinner not included.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation included: hotel

  

Day 8 - End of the trip

Breakfast. Transfer to airport. End of trip.

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride skiing trip in Georgia. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather and snow conditions as well as participants' abilities. We may also change accommodation, with the same standards, depending on logistics and availabilities.

If customs and rules defined by the local guides are modified - such as the reasonable number of clients for security reasons - Azimut respects these changes even if these incur after trip sales. Such cases are rare and often related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. A compensation for extra costs may be required to cover costs in case of fewer participants.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Tbilisi Airport (TBS) - Georgia

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 5:30am
    Leaving time: early morning

Get together - practical information

Flights to purchase:

Return flight to Tbilisi (TBS) - Georgia. Round trip approx € 200 from Europe. Try to fly wth Turkish Airlines, schedules are more convenient and there is no extra charge for skis, if your luggage does not exceed 30 kgs.

Due to price fluctuation, this ski touring trip to Georgia is sold without flights. However we can book your flights if you wish us to do so. Don't hesitate to contact us.

Do not buy flights before we've confirmed the trip.

 

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level 

You should be at ease with skiing on all types of snow and not be afraid to descend black slopes and have some off-piste skiing experience. Skinning involved will be no more than 2 hrs per day and not requiring previous experience. This trip is ideal for those who're good alpine skiers to really get into freeride skiing.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, we ski approx 4 to 6 hrs per day. Skinning or short ascents on foot will not exceed 45 min per day. You should be prepared to ski all day long at a good pace.

 

Beware, you're not playing in the skatepark in your neighbourhood: even though you are probably extremely keen, are craving to make first tracks in the powder snow, don't forget that this trip is far away overseas, in remote areas and rescue services may be slow and often less well organised than in your home country. So keep cool and take it easy to fully enjoy...and please avoid a back flip without knowing what's behind.

A pair of Crocs is nice to have along and comfy to wear in your hotel room or in the minibus after an outing, and they don't slip on snow !

Good to know: if you don't have the level required, the guide may ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group if necessary. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !

Group size

5 to 10 participants

Skiers only, sorry, no splitboards !

Guiding

Azimut qualified mountain guide from France.

All our mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

We also have a local guide who will ski with us, help us discover his country, connect with the locals as well as dig out the best runs.

Meet our guides just around the corner.

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as extra layers, goggles, a few snacks, your picnic and security equipment.

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. They are at your own expense and are to be purchased on site in order to allow for flexibility. Hence in case of bad weather or snow conditions, we can easilier transfer to another spot and do our utmost to find the best conditions. 

You should budget approx € 100 for the entire trip.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival

- All transfers including airport transfers

- Accomodation for 2 nights in a hotel in Tbilisi including breakfast, in a twin room to share

- Accomodation in a basic hotel for 4 nights and one night in a homestay, on a half board basis

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Certified and expert mountain guide services (all his expenses are included: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)

- Local guide services

- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear

- AZIMUT welcome pack

 

The price does not include

- Flights to/from Georgia

- Equipment rental if required

- Ski gear transportation costs to Georgia if rented

- Ski lift fares

- Your personal insurance

- Dinners in Tbilisi

- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel) and personal extras, and any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure.

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of Europ Assistance insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur. 

 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Local minibus and taxi.

Accommodation & meals

Depending on the size of group, you may share a room with someone of the opposite sex.

- Accomodation in a hotel in Tbilisi (2 nights), sheets and towels supplied. 

- Half board accomodation in a basic hotel in the Gudauri area (4 nights), in twin rooms to share, sheets and towels supplied. . Hospitality guaranteed.

Half board accomodation in a homestay in Kazbeki (1 night)

- Lunches are open allowing the group to choose where they wish to have lunch. 

 

Currency & cash

The local currency is the Lari.

1 € = 3,21 Laris. 

Credit cards are accepted but take cash for off the beaten track areas.

Formalities - Visas - Vaccination - Traditions & practices

Passport

If you are a French, Belgian or Swiss citizen, your passport must be valid 6 months after returning from Georgia. For all other nationalities: please contact your embassy or consulate before travelling.

French citizens do not need a visa to enter Georgia for a stay for less than 360 days. For all other nationalities: please check before travelling.

Please note that if you are travelling with children they must have their own passport. A minor will not need official authorisation to leave the territory as long as he/she is travelling with his/her own passport.

Phone, Wifi & Electricity

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (his phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Wifi is generally available in the hotels where we stay, however powercuts do occur.

Phone: generally speaking, the network is good in places we visit.

Electricity: 220 volts, using the same kind of plugs as in France 

Equipment - clothing & gear

Make sure you wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and gives photos a funky edge !

 

Technical equipment (all in excellent condition)

- Freeride skis (or freeride rando skis) with touring bindings, ski skins, ski poles, ski boots. We advise you to opt for freeride skis on order to make the most of powdery descents and skiing on all types of snow

- Padded ski bag for transporting your skis

- 2 long slings to possibly attach your skis on a taxi's roof top during a transfer from the airport to the hotel and back

- Backpack: capacity of 30 liters

- Avalanche kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own, if not we lend them for free)

 

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new (less than 3 year old) if not brand new, of good quality, adapted to your choice of activity and from the best brands (Black Crows, Fritschi, Arva, Haglöfs, Anena, Glisshop, Scott).

Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):

Skis (skis, skins, poles, crampons)

295 €

Helmet

40 €

 

You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.

Please note: in case your skis and gear arrive late or are lost during transportation, we are not to be held responsible and do not apply a discount on rental gear nor pay for the cost of rental gear until your own gear arrives.

 

Clothes

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.

 

Headwear

- Warm hat or buff/scarf

- Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses: UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful

- Helmet (strongly recommended)

 

Bodywear 

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks

- Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs

- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.

  

Footwear

- Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.

- Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfortable ! 

 

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 sun cream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in the vehicle. No suitcases. 

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

- To make up a first aid kit, please find all relevant information on the Ifremmont website. 

Need to buy some gear ?

If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 10% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.

Just go straight to glisshop.com ! Established in 1996, our partner stands as a leader for online winter sports equipment. Based in the centre of the volcanoes of Auvergne (France), they help every passionate skier and powder addict to find the gear they need by offering a huge and unique choice of clothing and gear available throughout Europe.

With close to 250 brands and 10 000 items for sale, Glisshop simply is the ideal partner to equip you from head to toe whathever activity may be your preference.

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Black Crows

Arva 

Fritschi Swiss bindings

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

Official partner and service provider for Terres d'Aventure

 

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

- Leave contact details with your friends and family

- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)

- Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)

- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr

- Check that you have the right equipment

- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)

- Bring some cash and your credit card

- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group

- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !

- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off the water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (not by text message), that you well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back !

 

See you on the slopes !

Have great runs with AZIMUT !

 

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