Places To Visit In Winter : Gudauri

Gudauri’s ski resort is a real paradise for winter holidays. The season starts in December and lasts until late spring. In this period the thickness of snow reaches approximately 2 meters. The fi rst artifi cial snowmaking on the slopes in Gudauri took place in 2014 – 2015 as a result of which, the season has been prolonged to fi ve months, from December to April.

The skiing territory of Gudauri is huge and can put together 15,000 skiers at the same time. For skiing enthusiasts, Gudauri is a real paradise, with 60 km of tracks of various levels of diffi culty, marked and prepared using snowcats. For professionals there are the slalom tracks, the giant-slalom, the super-giant slalom, and the speed slope. All of the tracks are FIS certifi ed. Gudauri is also renowned for its freeriding opportunities down the virgin slopes. The deep snow and the absence of stones and any avalanche risk make Gudauri an extraordinary place for freeriding. Extremists can take extra doses of adrenaline on the ice walls in the Snow Park which is the fi rst locale for such activities in the Caucasus.

The beautiful winter resort of Gudauri, located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountain Range, despite being located in a high mountainous region, often experiences warm and sunny weather. The resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. The highest point for skiing is 3,250 meters above sea level and the lowest is 2,050 meters. The slopes of Gudauri are completely above the tree line, best for free-riders, and are generally considered to be avalanche-safe. Heliskiing is also available throughout the season and this sporting activity attracts lots of tourists.

It is also possible to rent special sports equipment and take skiing lessons.

For active winter relaxation, the resort has good infrastructure, including comfortable and reliable cable-ways which can put together 8,000 people at the same time and provide a comfortable service. Prices in guest-houses range from 30 – 130 USD, while in three or four-star hotels prices start from 300 GEL. The average price in hostels is 25 GEL.

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