Best time to visit Georgia

Skiing Season in Georgia

Try out Caucasian skiing—the top experience of the sport

Best time: December–April

Skiing Season
Skiing Season
Skiing Season

Georgia boasts beautiful and pristine ski resorts. Gudauri is one of the most developed and surrounded by majestic mountains. The resort, located close to Tbilisi, is a true winter wonderland​ often lasting up to mid-April! The region offers 19 km (12 mi) of tracks suitable for both amateurs and professionals, but some daredevils can try off-peak slopes that are regarded as most challenging in Europe. Snowboarders also love Georgian ski resorts due to the abundance of powdered snow and plenty of free ride opportunities.

Bakuriani is another resort located in Samtskhe-Javakheti, on the northern slope of Trialeti Range. It is in about two and a half hours by car from Tbilisi (about 200 km or 118 mi). It's further away than Gudauri, so it is less crowded and touristic. Bakuriani boasts 29 km(18 mi) of slopes available and 20 ski lifts. The elevations goes from 1,641 m to 2,702 m (5,373-8,858 ft). There are two main skiing areas: Didveli and Kokhta-Mitarbi. It usually boasts long skiing seasons that last for four or five months.

Bakuriani can be reached by railroad from the nearby town of Borjomi, home of the famous artesian springs and naturally carbonated mineral water that is popular throughout Eastern Europe.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Georgian ski resorts?

The ideal time to go to Georgian ski resorts is from December to mid-April, when there is adequate snow accompanied by open slopes for skiing. Although the high point of the season runs from late December to early January, it's best to check the forecast, considering the region's unpredictable weather. Show more

Where are the most challenging ski slopes located in Gudauri?

The double black diamond slopes located off-peak on the mountainside of Gudauri offer the most technically challenging runs in Europe. Experienced skiers will find the top of ski lifts such as Saddle and Kudebi equally challenging. There are less challenging red runs, blue runs, and longer runs suitable for beginners and intermediates skiing enthusiasts. Show more

What are some of the characteristics of Georgian ski resorts that attract snowboarders?

Georgia's ski resort qualities provide ideal destinations for snowboarding, including the abundance of powdered snow, numerous free-ride opportunities, parks, and half-pipes in various proficiency levels. Also offered are sizeable tree skiing areas, heli-skiing options, a local cultural experience with unique music, dance, delicious food, and hospitality, making it perfect for après-ski activities. Show more

Where is Bakuriani resort located and how is it different from Gudauri?

Bakuriani resort is located on the northern slope of Trialeti Range in Samtskhe-Javakheti region, approximately a two and a half-hour drive from Tbilisi. The resort is less crowded and smaller compared to Gudauri, making it ideal for families and starters. The resort opens its skiing opportunities from December to late March or April, which is relatively longer. Additionally, the historic and scenic Kukushka train connects the resort to Borjomi, a nearby town famous for its naturally carbonated mineral water and scenic view. Show more

How can I reach Bakuriani from Borjomi and what other attractions are there in the area?

The historic narrow-gauge railway called Kukushka train offers a way to reach Bakuriani resort from Borjomi, and it takes two hours of a beautiful and scenic train ride on a 37 km journey. Other notable sights in and around Borjomi include the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, which is the largest and oldest national park in Georgia, with diverse flora and fauna. The Borjomi Central Park has beautiful landscapes, mineral water springs, Romanov Palace, a historic palace providing visitors with a view of the Russian Royal Family's history. Show more

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