Nestled on the Goderdzi Pass, Goderdzi Ski Resort is Georgia’s iconic winter wonderland. Goderdzi is a high mountain pass situated at an elevation of 2,027m above sea level. It is located on the Arsiani Range in Adjara, the mountainous seaside region of Georgia.
Goderdzi is a serene place and perfect choice to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This Georgia skiing resort is characterized by impressive nature, fresh air, beautiful landscapes and well-equipped snow runs.
Boasting the longest ski track in Georgia, Goderdzi stands out among other ski resorts of Georgia for its abundance of snow. Its beautiful snow-covered ridges attract both experienced skiers and fans of winter nature who want to experience Georgia tourism
The main advantages of Goderdzi are its well-equipped ski tracks, perfect ski lifts and an amazing opportunity for free riders to ride in powder. The high quality snow, one of the longest ski seasons in the country, few people on the slopes and low prices make it popular for skiing in Georgia.
THE HISTORY OF GODERDZI WINTER SPORTS CENTER
Due to its proximity to the Black Sea, Goderdzi receives higher snowfall than other Georgia ski resorts. Its mountains are blanketed with snow from November to April. This has earned the resort the title of “the most snowy ski resort in Georgia.” At the time of the opening of the resort, snow depth exceeded 2 meters, which was three times greater than the other Georgia skiing resorts of Gudauri and Bakuriani.
Construction of the Goderdzi ski center began in 2011, and the resort was opened in December 2015. Currently there are 4 ski lifts and 6 cottages, but the valley floor’s gently rolling topography offers plenty of zones for future development.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT GODERDZI SKI RESORT
In addition to its breathtaking views and beauty, Goderdzi skiing hub is a unique destination in that it consists of both sea and mountain climate. There is always heavy snowfall that creates the perfect environment for a winter resort. The resort is also steeped in the smell of pine trees that surround it. This combination of pine tree scents, high mountains, heavy snowfall and mixed climate makes Goderdzi a must-visit skiing destination in Georgia.
Located just 100km from the Black Sea coast, the ski resort of Goderdzi enjoys 43 sunny days on average per season. Often when it is raining in Batumi, Goderdzi experiences bright and sunny weather. Winters are usually snowy here so you shouldn’t have a problem finding fresh powder on the slopes. Ski season in Goderdzi runs during the general winter sports season in Georgia – from early December to mid-April, which makes it the best time to visit Goderdzi.
HOW TO GET TO THE SKIING HUB
Goderdzi ski center is located a 2-hour drive from the popular seaside resort town of Batumi (109km), the capital of the Adjara region. This proximity makes it ideally situated for the creation of a four-season mountain resort.
In order to reach Goderdzi, you will first need to get to Batumi. Visitors can take international flights that land at Batumi International Airport (109km). There are also domestic flights to Batumi Airport that depart from Tbilisi Airport (288km) and Kutaisi Airport (242km).
From Batumi Airport, you will travel by road to Goderdzi. You can take a bus from Batumi to Danisparauli village and then take a taxi to the resort. You may also take a minibus to Khulo from Batumi’s old bus station and then take the free shuttle to the resort. Although this is a relatively cheap alternative to self-drive or private transfer, it comes with the discomfort of a lengthy transfer in a cramped bus, plus the uncertainty over where to put your skis!
If you prefer to drive to Goderdzi, you will need a 4×4 vehicle as the road is always covered in snow. Choose from our modern fleet of cars for hire, which are designed for winter driving on mountain roads. They are spacious to accommodate all your luggage and equipped with roof racks for transporting ski equipment.
The quickest way to reach Goderdzi is via private transfer. Our travel agency offers private transfers and tour packages from Tbilisi in comfortable vehicles. We have experienced and professional drivers to guarantee a safe and pleasant journey.
The winter sports area of Goderdzi Ski Resort is situated between the elevations of 1,700m and 2,364m above sea level. Because the base of the resort is below the tree-line, it offers an attractive and welcoming feel throughout the seasons.
The resort has 4 lifts to transport guests up the mountains: 1 gondola lift, 1 chairlift and 2 platter lifts. There are 8.4km of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding: 1.5km of easy slopes, 4.7km of intermediate slopes and 2.2km of difficult slopes.
Although runs are mainly intermediate to challenging, young ones can try their first turns on skis at the practice lift. Advanced skiers can take the gondola to the top and then ski the red run all the way back down. If you prefer a more moderate ride, go for the blue run from the top.
THINGS TO DO IN GODERDZI SKI RESORT
Despite the 10-hour drive from Tbilisi, tourists love the ski resort of Goderdzi because it offers a variety of fun things to do. It is an attractive option for those who want to combine a trip to the sea and skiing during their winter vacation.
Goderdzi’s wilderness setting offers fresh air, world-class scenery and unique experiences. Pristine forested mountains provide an amazing setting both in the summer and winter that becomes even more dramatic when the autumn colors create an intense display.
It is relatively inexpensive to enjoy a winter vacation at Goderdzi. Ski pass prices for a Day ticket during the Main Season is GEL 25 for adults and GEL 15 for children. Visitors can rent new, modern ski equipment at the resort.
Skiing & Snowboarding
If you love skiing and snowboarding, Goderdzi is your best choice as it offers comfort and amazing ski tracks. The resort is constantly covered with snow for 4-5 months, making it the best venue for snowboarders and freestyle skiers. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy the bright sun, high mountain climate and challenging tracks.
Extensive hiking trail networks at Goderdzi offer breathtaking recreation for vacationing families. Snow lovers can go winter hiking to relax and marvel at the snow-covered landscapes. The uniform, soft crunching of the snow under your feet, coupled with the winter calm and amazing setting are truly magical. Relax and become one with your surroundings.
During the summer, go hiking in the alpine mountains and forests around Goderdzi. Summer hiking trails immerse you into the magnificence of the mountains. Choose from easy climbs to beautiful panoramic view points, all the way to hidden corners high in the mountains accessible only to the pros. Spend your summer walking along stunning nature and breathing in the fresh air.
Horse riding is the perfect way to explore the traditional Adjarian villages and soak up breathtaking panoramas from the hills overlooking the Goderdzi Pass. Saddle up and take a ride through some of the most scenic landscapes in Goderdzi. Steer your horse along the path, go deep into the wilds and explore the picturesque mountainsides while breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the complete silence interrupted only by the rhythmic sounds of your horse’s hooves.
Pave your own snow path at Goderdzi ski center. Enjoy a thrilling race down ungroomed powder snow. Ski under blue skies and enjoy the freedom in this extreme sport adventure. With the help of experienced guides and quality equipment your freeriding will be amazing. Goderdzi is one of the best Georgia skiing resorts for free riders who will always find deep powder and opportunities to ski in forest, village and alpine zones.
Cat skiing is a form of guided backcountry exploration, taking you away from the borders of controlled ski areas to ride through virgin powder. Rather than using a helicopter to access the backcountry, a snow-cat acts as your lift, which makes it far cheaper than heli-skiing for an equally fun outcome.
Lovers of the outdoors can also enjoy biking in Batumi among stunning nature. With high-altitude blasts and hidden single tracks, mountain biking at the Goderdzi skiing hub offers a fun and fast-paced assault on the senses.
As the snow melts, the beauty of Goderdzi extends into springtime with dazzling displays of alpine wildflowers. This is the perfect time to enjoy peaceful hiking through the forests or camping at the nearby Green Lake.
Bird watching is a wonderful way to experience the outdoors in Adjara. The Goderdzi skiing hub is the perfect place to see unique bird species up close.
For food connoisseurs who want to try something new, the incredibly beautiful Adjara region is just the place to visit. Here you will find an authentic cuisine with traditional Georgian dishes typically made from organic products. The most prominent of all is Adjaruli Khachapuri – which just so happens to originate from Adjara. The king of Georgian cuisine, Adjaruli Khachapuri is a boat-shaped bread served with cheese, butter and eggs.
Other regional specialties to try include achma (another Georgian cheese bread), sinori (lavash with cottage cheese and butter), lakhni (beef brisket with nuts and spices), borano (Georgian fondue made from adjarian cheese and melted butter), malakhto (bean dish with walnuts, spices and sour grape juice), kaimaghi (sour cream served with corn bread) and adjaruli spinning cheese.
Adjara is also one of the oldest winemaking sites in Georgia, and wine connoisseurs are drawn here by its wine tourism opportunities. The craft is particularly well developed in the Qeda municipality which boasts unique types of wine such as Qeda Tsolikauri and Chkhaveri.
All parts of Georgia are interesting, but Adjara is even more so with its combination of sea, mountains and fascinating traditions. Aside from Goderdzi Ski Resort, there are many other places to visit in the region.
Green Lake: Situated 2,058m above sea level in Khulo, the Green Lake is a miracle of nature surrounded by majestic mountains and pine forest. There is a hiking trail network of 8km. The air is clean and the clear and transparent water is cool even during summer. The water is slightly mineralized and does not freeze in winter.
Khikhani Fortress: Also located in Khulo, Khikhani Fortress was built in the 13th century on top of a site that was originally occupied by the Church of St. George. One of the most important monuments in Adjara, the fortress was built at a strategic location and was formerly used to shelter Georgian Royals. Although in ruins today, visitors to the complex can see the rectangular towers, walls, a bakery, wine cellar, a water well and church. The rectangular towers are a fine example of the high level of architecture of the time.
Goderdzi Petrified Forest: This forest is home to unique petrified flora and fauna that date back to the Pliocene Era. Visitors to the forest can see large amounts of plant fossils.
Rabati Castle: This is a medieval castle complex located not too far from Goderdzi ski resort, in Akhaltsikhe. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle has a powerful fortress wall, four towers with spiral staircases, an observation deck and buildings. The fortress rests on 7 hectares and is divided into 2 parts: modern and historical. The modern part has a hotel, a restaurant, cafes and shops. In the old part, there is the Ahmediyeh Mosque, the church, the Jakeli family castle and the historical museum.
Zarzma Monastery of Transfiguration: This is a medieval Orthodox Christian monastery located in the village of Zarzma in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of southwest Georgia. Nestled in a forested river valley, the church facades are adorned with rich decorations, while the interiors boast beautiful frescoes. Located nearby is Akhali Zarzma – a smaller replica of the Zarzma church.
WHERE TO STAY IN GODERDZI
In terms of accommodation, Goderdzi Ski Resort offers six cottages, one hotel-type cottage and one hotel. Nearby villages like Beshumi also have a lot of homestays. Because the resort is still developing, there are not many accommodation options. It is therefore advisable to book your hotels and vacation rentals well in advance with our travel guide.