Join us on this Georgia Ski Trip and be energised by the spirit of the Caucasus.
Ah, Georgia! The land of wine, winter-sports and song. As winter falls, this wonderful Caucasian country becomes a snow-lovers paradise. Come and experience it for yourself on our Georgia ski trip.
This unique, fully-guided tour combines an invigorating dose of skiing (or snowboarding) in the High Caucasus with wine tasting in Kakheti.
Explore the Caucasus
The Caucasus Range is a fantastic winter sports destination that’s refreshingly free of the crowds that plague many Alpine resorts. Lift waiting times are often just a few minutes and the slopes themselves are mostly empty – leaving you plenty of space to perfect your carving and shredding techniques.
You’ll find that the snow is better than in the Alps; the increased altitude (up to 3300 metres) makes it much more reliable. From late December to late March, the conditions are usually perfect.
Go Wine Tasting in Georgia
Away from the slopes, you’ll be staying in cosy, family-run guesthouses, enjoying some uniquely Georgian apres ski and feasting on delicious Georgian food.
You will also visit Kakheti, the home of Georgian wine tasting. Our director – Ants – visited this region while producing Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventures, so we know exactly where to take you.
Oh – and the best bit is that you can experience it all after a 4-and-a-half hour flight from London.
A Heliskiing Experience
If you’re hungry for adrenaline, we can also offer the incredible opportunity to spend a day heliskiing. The best peaks in the Caucasus can only be accessed by propellers. Weather permitting, this is your chance to glide down untouched mountain snow.
This Georgia ski tour will start in finish in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. Though this city is steeped in tradition, it is becoming quite trendy thanks to its younger folk. To freshen up before your flight home, we invite you to join us for a steam bath and massage at a Georgian banya. There’s nothing better to loosen up the joints.
Tbilisi International Airport
Whenever your flights arrive
Rental of a 4×4 car, fully insured, prepared and maintained.
Each car is suitable for up to four persons and luggage, and although your guide can drive you if you’d prefer, you can choose to drive yourself whenever you like.
We will be there at the airport to collect you, and will drop you there in good time for your return flight. Please note that to drive a car we will need to see your proof of holding a valid driving licence.
Minimum Group Booking of just 4 persons. Maximum 8 persons.
Arrive Tbilisi International Airport, Georgia
Our guide (also your driver) will collect you from your flight with your car, and after a round of introductions we’ll head for the hills! It’s a beautiful 2.5 hour drive into the mountains. Once we arrive, we’ll organise your skis, boots and lift pass and, if there’s time, we can hit the slopes right away. We will be based at a family-run local guesthouse right in the village.
Today is all yours to enjoy the slopes. The little resort of Gudauri has eleven lifts and gondolas and you reach just over 3300 metres at the peak. The view from up there into Russia and Chechnya is pretty impressive. The resort also has a ski school with two magic carpets for beginners and a couple of blue runs. It has plenty of red runs, a few black and a good area for powder skiing.
Another whole day of exploring to your heart’s content. As well as skiing, there’s delicious Georgian food and plenty of opportunity for a bit of apres-ski fun too. Georgians are gregarious and garrulous people who have some fantastic wines, beers and local chacha spirit to share with you. There’ll rarely be a dull moment, that’s for sure!
Gudauri or snow-mobile ski touring
You have the option today to enjoy Gudauri, or to take a snow-mobile for ski-touring a wider area. The price for the snow-mobile hire is an extra £165 per person for the entire day, and is huge fun. We will end our day again at our lovely local guesthouse.
Gudauri or heli-skiing
Again you’ll have the option to ski locally today or splash out and enjoy a wonderful heli-skiing experience. Of course this is weather-permitting, but from only £750 per person for two full-flight hours with unlimited vertical uplift, this is a brilliant opportunity to enjoy heli-skiing in a truly jaw-dropping location. Whatever you choose to do, we will end the day at a traditional Russian banya steam bath in old Gudauri village. Similar to a sauna, this will restore mind and body before we head to the wine cellar tomorrow.
Gudauri – Telavi
We drive across the country today to the region of Kakheti – the wine region of Georgia. Here you’ll be treated to a cultural insight into Georgia past and present. Georgia is the birthplace of wine; the remains of Georgian traditional wine making have been found to date back 8000 years. First we’ll visit the one of the oldest and biggest wine producers of Georgia. Afterwards we’ll visit a small winery situated right at the home of the Milorava family who make delicious wines grown right in the yard and made with huge clay ‘’qvevris’’ – a method taught to the Romans.
We’ll spend the night in Telavi in a wonderful family guesthouse offering us a typical Kakhetian supra (banquet). Kakhetians are masters of the barbeque, using exclusively wine branches to roast the food. Loosen that belt buckle…
Telavi – Tbilisi
We roll down the winding road towards Tbilisi, crossing the Gombori Pass on our way. We will enter Tbilisi around lunchtime, so you’ll have a chance to explore this fantastic city. If you feel you’d like to come and enjoy a traditional Tbilisi steam bath and massage, then you’ll be our guests. Most flights leave this evening, so we will ensure to get you out to the airport in good time. If your flight leaves tomorrow, just let us know and we can add another night to your bill.
Georgia Winter Sports and Wine February 2020/1
Georgia Winter Sports and Wine February 2020/2
Georgia Winter Sports and Wine March 2020/1
Georgia Winter Sports and Wine March 2020/2
Where will we be staying?
On this trip we’ll be staying in small, locally-owned family guesthouses. We feel that true luxury is getting to know a place and its people, not necessarily measured by the thread count of the bed linen or. the size of the kettle. And Georgians are famed for their food, wine and hospitality. If you’d prefer to upgrade the accommodation to suit your personal tastes, we can easily develop this itinerary as a tailor-made trip. Just let us know if you’d prefer to do it that way.
Is there a single supplement?
Yes, we do need to charge a small fee on this trip for you to have a room of your own at all times. This will be £280 per person.
How is this different to other itineraries in Georgia that I’ve seen?
No-one else offers this itinerary or anything like it in Georgia.
Combining the wonderful wintersports (with options for heli-skiing and snow-mobile touring), with a day of wine tasting provides a totally unique cultural snapshot.
I love the sound of this trip, but would like more time on the slopes – is this possible?
Of course. We can tailor this trip to however you like it. You can make it longer, shorter; add more skiing or heli-skiing or hire a snow-mobile for the duration. You let us know what you want and we’ll make it happen, and price it accordingly.
What kit do I need to bring?
We will provide you with an information pack after signing up to this trip, and this will detail any particular equipment we think either necessary or useful. We can provide skis, boots and bindings but clothing, helmet and any other specific kit should be brought with you.
What are the ski routes like?
Gudauri is a small resort but has a significant number of ski runs to enjoy, plus off-piste options. Obviously using the snowmobiles, cat-skiing or heli-skiing options add un-ending choice to your trip, and there is a lot of very good powder snow here for the enthusiast to enjoy. For those content with on-piste skiing, there are around 35km of slopes with 15 lifts serving them. The peak of Mt Sadzele is around 3,300 metres and the top lift gets you to within 300m of that elevation. Here is a map of the main runs in Gudauri.
What will the weather be like?
In the hills, it is going to be snowy (this is winter sports after all) and cold, so bring the appropriate gear.
How much are flights?
This totally depends on season, but there are direct flights from across Europe to Tbilisi, and some from further afield. There are also now budget airlines flying to Georgia (mostly to the airport at Kutaisi, from where you’ll transfer to Tbilisi), so it is entirely possible to get a return ticket very cheaply if you shop around and don’t mind the time of day you’ll travel. The diret Georgian Airways flight from London to Tbilisi is perhaps the easiest choice and delivers you to one of the most vibrant and vivacious capitals of Europe in around 4 short hours.
We can book your flights for you under our ATOL license, so just let us know if you’d like this included in your package.
What will the food be like?
Amazing! Georgian food is a feast for the palate; a tasty array of (largely home-produced) meat and vegetarian dishes infused with the tastes of Persia, the Middle East and Europe. This is definitely one of our more gastronomic (and vegetarian friendly) trips.
Are the Cars Insured?
If you elect to drive yourself then yes, the cars are insured as per local law. Your own personal travel insurance should cover you for driving a car in Georgia.
Do you perform proper risk management on your expeditions?
Yes, we perform detailed country risk assessments prior to departure, in line with the ISO 31000 international standard for risk assessment. We also maintain close contact with the relevant Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for countries we plan to visit, in addition to making use of the Australian Smart Traveller assessment tool, and the US State Department’s OSAC service. Beyond this, we have a full set of risk management and disaster contingency plans for each expedition and are expedition first aid trained by Crux Medical. For final back up we also use the services of Remote Medical Support that allows us to have a UK expedition doctor on the end of a telephone line wherever we may be. We really don’t mess around when it comes to safety.
Is this really for me?
Georgia is a wonderful place to visit, and we feel certain you’ll have a great time whatever you choose to do there. But whilst some hotels really are exceptional, others might be more homely and service standards might be slightly less polished that in, say, Mayfair or Monte Carlo. This is what gives a place charm, and Georgia has charm by the pallet load.
This won’t be another trip to Zermatt, Verbier or Gstadt. But you’ll be talking about it for years to come. If you like your holidays to include foie gras, butlers and gemutlichkeiten, then please look elsewhere.
If however, you want a unique and delightful experience that you’ll remember forever, then you are in luck!