7 DAY BACKCOUNTRY
SKI TOUR IN SVANETI
Backcountry Bliss: Gear Up for An Epic 7 Day Backcountry Ski Tour In Svaneti POWDER!
The people of Georgia’s Svaneti region are fiercely proud of their beautiful home – and with good reason. Svaneti is a freerider’s paradise. Between Tetnuldi’s lift-accessed couloirs and Ushguli’s scenic faces, Svaneti has countless options for adventure-seeking skiers and snowboarders. With our guide team’s passion for Svaneti’s remote ski tours, uncrowded ski resorts, and ancient culture, we know that you’ll have the trip of a lifetime.
On Your Adventure You Will
Discover Tetnuldi and Hatsvali Ski Resorts:
Enjoy modern ski lifts, exhilarating off-piste zones, and sweeping views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
Go Ski Touring in Svaneti:
Mesmerizing skin tracks followed by 1000+ meter descents under summits higher than The Alps or Colorado.
Explore with deeply knowledgeable guides:
We’re proud to work with fun-loving, powder-hungry GMGA guides who are passionate about sharing Svaneti’s mountains and culture.
Access iconic destinations like Ushguli and Chalaadi Glacier:
Trust us, there’s nothing like ski touring in remote medieval villages surrounded by grand glaciers.
Experience Svan culture & cuisine:
Georgia is famous for its welcoming culture, fresh food, and unique wine.
GMGA-certified ski guide for 5 full days of skiing/snowboarding
Ski touring and freeriding in remote regions
5 guided ski days to chase the best powder and terrain
Ski passes for all Georgia ski resorts.
7 nights of comfortable accommodation in a local family guesthouse
Meals & Gastronomic Experience
Six home cooked breakfasts and dinners from the grandmother of the guesthouse owner.
All transportation from your arrival airport, to Mestia and all freeride/ski tour destinations in Svaneti, and back to the city/airport of your departure
Training on use of avalanche safety equipment and ski technique (if you want it!).
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
Rental equipment available on request
Ask us for advice about the best airport and time to arrive
There will always be an option to take a pack lunch and sometimes an option for a hot lunch
Accommodation on Day 7
If your flight is for the following day, you can add on accommodation in the city of your departure
Please ensure that your insurance policy covers backcountry skiing. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended.
Tips for Guides
Gratuity is not included in the price and is always appreciated
Arrive in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, or Batumi. Drive to Mestia.
Head to Svaneti with the promise of beautiful mountains, famous hospitality, and countless surprises. The drive to Svaneti is long, but we promise it’s worth every kilometer. After we arrive, you’ll settle into Edelweiss Guesthouse, an authentic slice of local life. Enjoy a welcome dinner sampling Georgia’s famous cuisine – cozy fare for cold snowy nights. Thanks to Georgians’ famous hospitality and delicious wine, you’ll quickly learn to repeat “Gaumarjose!” (“Cheers!”) to celebrate our long-awaited arrival.
Georgia’s Biggest Terrain
Svaneti is home to Georgia’s highest mountains and several of the longest freeride and ski tour routes on the entire Eurasian continent. Our five ski days will be filled with epic descents, stunning hikes, and pure wilderness. Your guide will determine the exact itinerary based on the conditions and group’s priorities; below are some possibilities.
Freeriding in Tetnuldi and Hatsvali Ski Resorts
On a clear day, Tetnuldi Ski Resort is a freerider’s paradise – so perfect that Tetnuldi hosted the Freeride World Tour in 2023 and it was so good that an even bigger FWT competition is planned for 2024! Enjoy chutes, faces, and open trees with stunning views of Tetnuldi peak, ending in a long out-of-bounds run to a nearby village.
In snowy weather, we’ll choose Hastvali Ski Resort – a true locals’ ski area. A 5-minute drive from the hotel, Hatsvali is perfect for quick laps and tricky tree runs. Ski tour along the ridge to warm up your touring legs and enjoy a peaceful forest ride. Finish the day with a stroll around town, taking in the historic medieval towers and village life.
Ski Tour near Mestia
Depending on your interests and the mountain conditions, our guides will select an ideal ski-touring day trip. Having trained extensively in Svaneti, our guides have a long list of local ski tours to share, from mellow glades to steep faces.
Multi-day trip to Ushguli or Chalaadi Glacier.
In Svaneti, all options are good options. Your guide will select an ideal multi-day itinerary depending on the mountain conditions.
Option A: Ushguli
Deep in Svaneti lies Ushguli, a legendary group of medieval villages surrounded by Georgia’s tallest peaks and countless ski lines. Spend 2-3 days ski touring among the giants and resting in the peace and quiet of the local family guesthouse in this secluded village.
Option B: Cloudbase Hut and Chalaadi Glacier
Enjoy nature’s solitude at Cloudbase Hut, an isolated hike-in mountain hut on the slopes below Mount Ushba, Svaneti’s iconic twin-peaked mountain. Spend 2 days ski touring above Koruldi Lakes and on Chalaadi Glacier, one of the longest and best ski descents in Georgia.
Previous experience skiing or snowboarding in powder, fitness level suitable for hiking at high elevation for 3-4 hours.
– Skis / Splitboard Equipped with Touring Bindings
– Climbing skins
– Touring Ski/snowboard Boots
– Collapsible Touring Poles
– Avalanche Beacon
– Avalanche Probe
– Foldable Shovel
– Base layers
– Waterproof Ski Pants
– Waterproof Ski Jacket
– 25-35 L Backpack (large enough to carry all of your equipment)
– Water Bottle (thermos is best)
– Comprehensive travel insurance with medical and trip cancellation cover
Fluent English, First Aid Trianed
Tetnuldi & Hatsvali
Breakfast & Dinner
Avalanche Safety & Ski Technique
From $1,600 / Person
Svaneti, Georgia, offers an unrivaled backcountry playground for adventure enthusiasts. Nestled within the awe-inspiring Greater Caucasus Mountains, this region beckons intermediate to advanced riders, promising uncharted powder and exhilarating descents. Here’s what awaits you:
Elevation and Terrain Features.
Svaneti boasts elevations ranging from 2,100 to 4,690 meters, providing an expansive canvas for backcountry exploration. From rugged chutes to vast bowls and dense tree runs, the diverse terrain caters to all skill levels, ensuring every rider discovers their perfect adventure.
Svaneti’s backcountry landscape offers a spectrum of experiences, from challenging descents to wide-open bowls and steep forest glades. With each turn, expect a fresh challenge, making Svaneti an enticing haven for passionate skiers and snowboarders.
If you’re a fan of tree skiing, Goderdzi’s forests are blanketed in deep powder during the season, offering thrilling tree runs with the perfect blend of speed and control.
When it comes to snow conditions, Svaneti’s reputation is nothing short of exceptional. Nestled in the Greater Caucasus, the region benefits from prevailing moisture-laden winds from the Black Sea, resulting in abundant snowfall and pristine powder. Here’s what awaits:
Svaneti receives an annual snowfall averaging 8 meters, ensuring a deep and sustained winter season. This consistent snowfall guarantees a playground of fresh powder throughout the ski season.
The snow in Goderdzi is renowned for its dryness, making it a dream for those seeking fluffy, light powder turns.
During mid-winter, snow depths typically range from 4 to 7 meters, forming a sturdy and reliable base for your backcountry escapades.
There are two options coming form Tbilisi. The drive
A a picturesque 260km adventure, taking approximately 6 hours, passes through Batumi and ventures deeper into Adjara. A lengthy off-road section starts shortly after the seaside which is only accessible by 4x4s
For an ideal combination of pristine snow quality and favorable weather conditions, plan your Svaneti adventure in late January or early February. This period promises the best backcountry experiences, where the terrain is blanketed in fresh powder, and the skies are ready for your exploration