Gudauri Ski Resort

Located in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region at a height of 2,196m above sea level, Gudauri is the largest and highest ski resort in Georgia. The five-star Gudauri Ski Resort occupies Kudebi Mountain and comprises of a ski mountain village with hotels and guest houses.

Strategically nestled among the Caucasus Mountains away from mass tourism, Gudauri is a modern ski resort ideal for all forms of skiing in Georgia. Large quantities of natural snow along the border between Europe and Asia make the peaks surrounding Gudauri the perfect destination for powder enthusiasts.

THE HISTORY OF GUDAURI WINTER SPORTS CENTER

Gudauri Ski Resort boasts a highly-developed infrastructure that includes the biggest level drop in Georgia and unlimited opportunities for freeriding and backcountry skiing. Its first ski mountain routes were built as early as the late 1970s. Construction of the main large-scale infrastructure commenced in 1982 with the establishment of modern routes and new hotels.

Today, Gudauri offers 34.8km of slopes suitable for all forms of winter sports. There are 8 marked ski mountain routes with a total length of 13km. The remaining routes are designated for route skiing, and the slopes are equipped with several lifts. Thanks to the sun constantly lashing the mountain slopes and the rare incidences of avalanches, Gudauri is regarded as one of the best Georgia ski resorts.

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT GUDAURI SKI RESORT

Although Gudauri is a year-round destination, its biggest attraction is the winter skiing. Ski season in Gudauri lasts from early December to late April:

December in Gudauri:  Many sunny days with 1-2 snowfalls per month. Temperatures drop as low as – 10 degrees at night, and – 5 in the afternoon.

January in Gudauri:  Many sunny days with 2-4 heavy snowfalls per month. Night time temperatures rarely drop below -15 degrees. The second half of January sees fewer vacationers on the mountains than during the New Year holidays.

February in Gudauri:  Partly cloudy with 2-4 heavy snowfalls per month. It’s colder than January with temperatures dropping to -20, making it a great month to freeride.

March in Gudauri: 7-10 heavy snowfalls per month with comfortable temperatures from 0 to -5 degrees. All trails are open and all cable cars are working. Snow cover levels reach the maximum and there is increased avalanche hazard. It’s the best month for freeride and backcountry skiing. Accommodation prices in most hotels begin to drop after March 15.

April in Gudauri: The resort is calm and less busy. Lots of sunny days. All tracks are open and the temperature is slightly above 0 degrees. 5-6 good snowfalls per month. In the second half of April there are rains and fresh snow on the peaks. You can go firn skiing in the morning, and riding in T-shirts and shorts in the afternoon. Hotel prices are at their lowest.

HOW TO GET TO THE SKIING HUB

Gudauri Ski Resort is located 120km north of Tbilisi and 310km from Kutaisi. You can reach Gudauri from Tbilisi or Kutaisi by taking a domestic flight or by driving along the Georgian Military Road.

Public transportation is available to this wonderful skiing resort of Georgia. From Didube Bus Station in Tbilisi you can take a minibus to Gudauri. The only downside is that the bus services have no schedule and the queues are normally long. Alternatively, you can take a shared taxi. Although this will be more expensive than the minibuses, and even more so if you are carrying large luggage such as ski equipment.

You can also rent a car in Tbilisi and drive yourself to Gudauri ski center within 2 hours. Our travel agency offers off-road vehicles for hire with winter tires that are designed to transport skiing equipment.

But driving to Gudauri on your own can be challenging if you don’t speak Georgian, which is why we recommend our transportation and excursion services. Our travel agency offers tours and transfers to Gudauri from Tbilisi or Kutaisi. We have a modern fleet of cars designed for winter driving on mountain roads, and equipped with roof racks for transporting ski equipment. Our vehicles are driven by experienced professional drivers to ensure a safe and pleasant journey.

SKI AREAS

The winter sports area of Gudauri is situated on the Kreuz Pass between the elevations of 1,993m and 3,276m above sea level. The resort’s high-mountain location and dry climate allow for the preservation of snow on the slopes for longer periods.

Gudauri boasts over 75km of slopes with 30% blue slopes, 40% red slopes and 30% black slopes. Located completely above the tree-line, the slopes are ideal for free riders and generally considered to be avalanche-safe. Whenever there is a lack of natural snow, the trails are snowed artificially. Gudauri also has the largest ski lift network in Georgia with 15 lifts: 4 cable cars, 7 chairlifts and 4 drag lifts.

The winter sports center attracts visitors with its array of skiing activities such as cat skiing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, freeriding, heli-skiing and ski tours. Night time skiing is available on weekends along illuminated trails.

CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS

The Gudauri skiing hub is a child-friendly winter sports center. The resort features developed infrastructure and modern equipment designed to provide active leisure for the whole family. There are playgrounds with beautiful views, swings, slides, sandboxes and a comfortable sitting area for parents. There is a tubing track with an escalator for cheesecake riding. There is a closed gondola-type cable car comfortable for lifting families with children, and you can rent sledges for the kids to ride down the small mountain. At the Seturebi Snowpark kids can ride special snowmobiles. Skating lessons are also available and there is a ski school for ages 4 and older.

Many hotels and restaurants in Gudauri have kid’s playrooms where you can leave your child as you conquer the slopes. Some hotels also have heated indoor pools to entertain the kids.

THINGS TO DO IN GUDAURI SKI RESORT

The ski areas of Gudauri enjoy maximum sunshine, which makes the resort a splendid year-round tourist destination with a wide variety of things to do. During winter, you can participate in or learn winter sports such as snowboarding, free ride, freestyle and skiing at schools with qualified instructors. In summer, Gudauri’s rich and varied program of activities includes rock climbing, camping, fishing and helicopter tours.

Skiing

During winter, visitors at the Gudauri ski resort can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. Skiers of all levels will have the opportunity to slalom, giant slalom, downhill ski and more. It is possible to rent ski and snowboard sets from the numerous rental offices in Gudauri.

Snowboarding

Gudauri is popular among snowboarders who can enjoy their sport on the slopes or freeride in deep snow. The treeless downhill runs offer heavenly conditions for the ultimate in snowboarding pleasure, while chairlifts and gondolas provide a comfy ascent. Professional ski guides are available to those who enjoy riding the hotspots. At Gudauri you will always encounter many passionate snowboarders in search of rides that have not been traversed before.

Heli-Skiing

Experience some of the most sublime ski runs in Europe, with access to some of the finest powder snow in the Caucasus. A helicopter drops skiers and snowboarders off at remote mountainsides, allowing them to quickly reach spectacular heights and slopes otherwise difficult to access. A truly magical experience, heli-skiing enables you to enjoy a birds’ eye view of the mountainous landscape and the thrill of gliding over virgin powder snow, down pristine slopes that likely haven’t been skied before.

Paragliding

Gudauri is the most famous destination for paragliding in Georgia. Paragliding is the closest humans can get to feeling like they are flying just like a bird. It’s a safe and fun way to experience flight in its simplest form. Simply lay out a wing on the mountains, inflate it over your head like a kite, run a few steps and before you know it, you are soaring in the sky!

Snowmobiling

One of the best ways to soak up the breathtaking Gudauri landscape is aboard a snowmobile. Simply rev up the engine and ride to your heart’s content. With miles of snowmobile trails to cover, there are always new and exciting places to ride. The mountain trails offer fantastic scenery as you wind through fragrant forests, along crisp mountain streams and across wide open fields.

Freeriding

Freeriding is a style of skiing or snowboarding performed on natural, ungroomed terrain without a set course, goals or rules. Free ride skiers and snowboarders generally have solid skiing and snowboarding skills, with some experience in backcountry terrain. At Gudauri, freeriders can enjoy the untracked runs and descents.

Guided Ski & Split Board Tours

The Gudauri resort area and Mount Kazbek are perfect for ski touring. This is a fantastic way to see nature as it was intended to be seen. Ski lifts provide easy access to the mountain wilderness that makes this region special. A cultural ski tour to Lomisa Mountains is one of the best experiences here as it allows you to escape the crowds and enjoy some great skiing on the slopes.

Jeep Tour & Trekking

Jeep tours and trekking are ideal for summer recreation in the mountains around Gudauri. You can go on a day trip or a multi-day trip, stopping for the night in mountain camps, tents or local homes of highlanders. Your knowledgeable mountain guide/ driver will provide insights into what is unfolding before your eyes.

Mountain Biking

Summer is a great time to enjoy guided mountain biking tours around Gudauri and Kazbegi. There are also multi-day tours that take you cycling across the Caucasus Mountain Range through the Great Caucasian Ridge.

Hiking

Hiking is another fun activity to engage in while visiting the Gudauri ski resort during summer. Go on a multi-day trek to the Valley North of the Truso Gorge. This moderate hike of 33km is completed over 3 days, passing through waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, remote villages, churches, fortresses and mountain roads. You will hardly meet anyone on the way and you get to overnight in a tent.

Mountaineering & Climbing

In the summer, the skiing resort of Gudauri opens its doors to lovers of mountaineering and summer mountain tourism. Standing tall from green alpine meadows, Chaukhi Mountains offer all kinds of mountain climbing routes to suit both beginners and professionals.

Rafting & Kayaking

Kayaking and rafting are popular activities around Gudauri during the months of April through October. You can raft or kayak with varied difficulty levels on the Pshavi Aragvi river, or the White Aragvi river from Pasanauri or Mleta. There are good camping spots near the finishing place.

Après Ski

After a busy day out on the slopes, indulge in some sublime après ski with a range of relaxing activities. Guests at the Gudauri Ski Resort are invited to lounge in the hotel sauna or enjoy a good soak in the Jacuzzi. Sit by the indoor pool and admire the snowy mountain slopes and unique natural scenery of the Caucasus Mountains through large panoramic windows. The attentive staff will treat you to tasty, healthy drinks from the herbal bar. There are also facilities for bowling, billiards and tennis courts.

Nestled on the Gudauri slopes are dozens of cafes and restaurants where visitors can enjoy delicious Georgian cuisine and wine. In the evening, you can spend time at one of the bars or nightclubs of Gudauri.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Within the surroundings of Gudauri Ski Resort are many places to visit with notable natural and architectural landmarks. Gudauri is located near Kazbegi town, which leads to the spectacular Mt. Kazbegi. Nestled on the slopes of Mt. Kazbegi is the iconic Gergeti Trinity Church, one of the most famous destinations in Georgia. Other points of interest include the Sno Fortress, Khada Gorge, Pasanauri, the Truso Travertines Natural Monument, Jinvali Water Reservo, the Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble and the Church of St. George of Lomisa.

WHERE TO STAY IN GUDAURI

There are a myriad of accommodation options available in the Gudauri skiing hub, including hotels and vacation rentals. Hotels offer panoramic views, modern furnishings, strategic locations near ski lifts and trails, bar and lounge areas for après ski, child-friendly discounts, Wi-Fi, fireplaces and more. For self-catering visitors, there are small grocery stores in almost every apartment building in Gudauri. And near the gas station there is a supermarket with a wide selection of products.

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