Mitarbi Ski Resort

Mitarbi Ski Resort is a four-season mountain resort located within the Borjomi municipality of the Bakuriani community, 4km from the iconic Bakuriani Ski Resort. Mitarbi is nestled on the northern slopes of the Trialeti Range in eastern Georgia, at an elevation of 1,640m above sea level. The resort is found in the mountain village of Mitarbi among the unique forests and scenery of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. These surroundings of breathtaking nature and landscapes make Mitarbi one of the most beautiful Georgia ski resorts.

THE HISTORY OF MITARBI WINTER SPORTS CENTER

Mitarbi Ski Resort was opened in December 2016, embarking on a new life following a 30 year break. The alpine resort underwent major infrastructure rehabilitation and development to cater to the needs of growing tourist numbers.

At inception, two new ski lifts and one platter lift were installed, allowing visitors to be transported 2,300m above sea level. New trails were established for skiing and snowboarding, and shops, roads and parking lots were built. Plans are underway to build a new biathlon track, an ice hockey arena and ski jump. The improved and modernized infrastructure can accommodate 2,000 people in facilities such as hotels, vacation rentals, cottages and food and entertainment venues.

The project to redevelop Mitarbi arose from a partnership between the Georgian government and private sector, with the aim of promoting the development of ski tourism in the region. One of the largest investments in the revival of mountain tourism in Georgia, the project gave the resort the capability to host international races and competitions.

The ultimate goal of the project was to re-establish Mitarbi as one of the premier four-season resorts of the Caucasus. And it worked. Today, Mitarbi is one of the main destinations for family holidays and sports events related to skiing in Georgia. Tens of thousands visit annually to ski, snowboard, hike, horse ride, cycle and more.

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MITARBI SKI RESORT

Mitarbi Ski Resort enjoys mild weather due to its location in a transition zone between coastal and continental climate. It’s not very windy here, which makes it ideal for those who do not like to ski in freezing weather.

This Georgia skiing resort experiences cold winters with significant snowfall that covers the landscape for 4-5 months. These long winters attract skiers and snowboarders to Mitarbi in droves. But even in the cold months, the resort often enjoys clear skies and fairly warm temperatures ranging from 6-7 degrees below zero. Mitarbi’s short summers bring the scent of coniferous trees and other climatic factors that provide the perfect conditions for rest and recreation.

Ski season in Mitarbi stretches from January to late April and offers good quality and quantity of snow. From December through March, average snow cover is 64cm thick, which is superb for beginner and intermediate level skiers. The best time to travel to Mitarbi Ski Resort is between January and end March when snow cover is adequate for any type of winter sports.

HOW TO GET TO THE SKIING HUB

In order to reach Mitarbi Ski Resort, you will first need to get to Bakuriani. Accessible all year round, you can reach Bakuriani from Borjomi (29km), another famous resort town.

If coming from abroad, Georgia has 3 international airports with flights connecting it to major cities in Europe and beyond. From Tbilisi Airport (205km), you can reach Mitarbi ski center by bus on a 2.5 hour drive. If coming from Kutaisi Airport (155km), you can take a bus on a 2 hour journey. And from Batumi Airport (302km), you will go on a 4.5 hour drive. Although public transport is a relatively cheap alternative to self-drive or private transfer, it comes with the discomfort of a lengthy journey in a cramped bus, plus the question mark of where to put your skis!

Driving to Mitarbi would be a better option, although you will need a vehicle equipped for driving over snow-covered icy roads. We offer a modern fleet of cars for hire 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 Mitarbi is by private transfer. Our travel company offers private transfers and tour packages from Tbilisi in comfortable vehicles. We have experienced and professional drivers to guarantee a safe and pleasant journey.

SKI AREA

Mitarbi’s skiing area offers 11 ski tracks suitable for all skier levels: intermediate, advanced and expert. The total length of the tracks is 10km, and there are 3 ski lifts: two chairlifts and one cable car. Mitarbi is connected to the nearby Kokhta Ski Resort via cableway.

THINGS TO DO IN MITARBI SKI RESORT

A four-season mountain resort, Mitarbi ski center offers diverse tourist activities at all times of the year. It is relatively inexpensive to ski or snowboard at Mitarbi; a day pass is 40 GEL per adult and 25 GEL per child. There is a ski rental service next to the ski lift station where you can hire ski and snowboarding equipment. There are also a number of schools with experienced instructors for beginners to learn how to ski or snowboard.

Skiing & Snowboarding

With snow cover lasting 4-5 months, Mitarbi’s alpine runs attract skiers and snowboarders from across the globe. Here you can enjoy intense ski runs or just relax in a winter chalet. The superb pistes at Mitarbi offer endless skiing pleasure.

Biking

Fans of mountain biking can enjoy cycling trails of varying difficulties to suit both beginners and pro bikers. There are easy trails for beginners and intermediate trails for bikers out to improve their skill, as well as one difficult trail for lovers of extreme mountain biking.

Hiking

Enjoy the true joys of summer by hiking on trails leading into the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Borjomi-Kharagauli Park is the largest and most developed formal national park in Georgia. Accessible all year round, the trails of the park are ideal for both casual and advanced hikers.

Horse Riding

Thanks to its geographical conditions, a variety of horse riding tours can be organized in the surroundings of the Mitarbi skiing hub. Visitors can saddle up and take a ride up Chobiskhevi Gorge to Lake Tabatsveli. Journey through the picturesque landscape as you enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking scenery.

Bird Watching

Lake Tabatskuri is part of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and is an important stopover for water birds, which makes it a great bird watching destination. Birders can feast their eyes on over 217 different bird species, which account for about 60% of all of Georgia’s varieties.

Caving

Adventure enthusiasts can go caving in Uplistsikhe and Vardzia. Built in the 6th century, Uplistsikhe is an extraordinary cave city and the oldest complex of natural caves in Georgia. At this unique spot, visitors can explore the spectacular rock-hewn cellars, tunnels, ancient places of sacrifice and more. The enchanting cave city is set on a cliff overlooking a river and offers breathtaking vistas of Mtkvari Valley.

Dating back to the 12th century, Vardzia is an intriguing monastic cave city hidden within the Georgian mountains. Only accessible by a steep 30-minute climb, the monastery features a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels and rooms running deep into the Erusheli Mountain. Nothing beats a dramatic drive into the wilderness and a fabulous day out in the cave city of Vardzia.

Après Ski

After a fun day out on the slopes, take the time to relax and enjoy some entertainment at the Mitarbi skiing hub. One good way to do this is by sampling Georgian cuisine, wine and cha-cha (brandy) at nearby bars and restaurants.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

There are plenty of amazing Georgia attractions to visit in the surroundings of the Mitarbi ski center.

One of the most popular activities for visitors to the ski resort of Mitarbi is taking a scenic ride on the Kukushka train. The Kukushka is a 37km narrow-gauge railway line linking the town of Borjomi to Bakuriani Ski Resort. Enjoying a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status, the Borjomi-Bakuriani railway dates back to 1902. A must for lovers of spectacular natural scenery, this famous train meanders through breathtaking forests before ascending the great mountains of Georgia.

Fans of historical architecture are not left out either in Mitarbi. They can visit Mtsvane Monastery, a 9th century basilica partly built inside a cave. At Chobiskhevi, you will see lantern-vaulted houses dating back to the 8-10th centuries. From the small village of Kvabiskhevi, you may climb up to Mariamtsminda Church, a basilica built in the 9th and 14th centuries. Close by is Atskuri, a small village established under the remains of a 10th-13th century fortress high on a crag. Further afield from Borjomi lies Akhaltsikhe, the capital of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, whose main attraction is the Rabati Castle.

If you fancy some natural healing, head over to the nearby Tsikhdvari village, a lovely area with a mineral bath. You can also retreat to Borjomi for some rejuvenation by taking a dip in its famous mineral water springs. Other attractions in the region include the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Jvari Monastery, Romanov’s Palace, and Timotesubani Monastery.

WHERE TO STAY IN MITARBI

Accommodation at Mitarbi ski center is relatively inexpensive compared to other ski resorts in Georgia. Because accommodation rates tend to double up in the period between Christmas and New Year, it is advisable to book well in advance through our travel service.

Visitors can choose from a range of cottages and hotels, with some offering nanny services for vacationing families. Experienced nannies can look after children while their parents are out conquering the slopes. For a self-catering stay, there are vacation rentals available, as well as many markets where you can shop for produce and fair prices.

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