Gudauri Ski Resort
Just a 2-hour drive from the international airport of Tbilisi, Gudauri is the leading ski resort in Georgia. Nestled in the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus range at an altitude of 2,000 m above sea level, this friendly and actively developing resort has become the most popular ski destination in Georgia, attracting snow enthusiasts from neighbouring countries and Western Europe. Gudauri sits in the heart of a magnificent alpine countryside offering vast snowfields, an abundant snow cover and plenty of sunshine.
The on-going infrastructure development and the touristic dynamism of the resort make it the most technically advanced district in the Caucasus for alpine skiing, at the present time. Spreading over the slopes of Mt Kudebi (3,007 m) and Mt Sadzele (3,307 m), the runs are above tree-line and serviced by 5 Dopplemayr chairlifts and one Pomagalski gondola lift. Part of the dynamic development occurring in Gudauri, the gondola lift was recently installed, with its base at the heart of the new resort centre. The impressive MULTIX-10 lift carries 72 cabins of 10 passengers and brings the skiers to an altitude of 2,700 m.
The lifts network starts at 1,990 m and reaches an altitude of 3,270 m at its highest top station. With a vertical drop close to 1,300 metres, the longest run spreads over seven kilometres. Regardless of the number of users, lifts are open every day. A back-up system of diesel engines keeps the lift system operating in the event of a power failure in the village. Only bad weather conditions (such as high winds and/or very poor visibility) may occasionally impose to shut down some of the lifts.
Every night, first-rate snow grooming machines are at work refurbishing the runs and providing optimum conditions for skiing and riding the next day.
All together, runs at the Gudauri ski resort combine over 50 km of marked and groomed piste-skiing, with a great lay-out of terrain that accommodates all ability levels, from beginner to expert. The runs have been approved by the FIS (International Ski Federation) and are suitable to hold Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G and Downhill races.
In addition to its excellent piste-skiing, Gudauri is also renowned for the freeriding opportunities available in and around the resort, with convenient access to exciting off-piste skiing and riding.
Since 2011, the Gudauri ski resort has come under the complete administration of Tbilisi City Mayor’s Office. The development plans aim at establishing a comprehensive infrastructure - including additional lifts, new condominiums and hotels - to facilitate the growth of the ski resort and increase its visitor capacity. Assisting with the realisation of this project is the famous Canadian company "Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd.", a leader in the design of mountain resorts with over 360 resort development projects completed around the world.
The unique mountain landscape, vast open slopes and abundant snow cover, as well as the choice of comfortable accommodations, make Gudauri very attractive for the snow enthusiasts. Every year, more and more visitors from all over the world are coming to Gudauri to experience the "magic" of the Caucasus Mountains.
Runs and off-piste areas
Gudauri has a total of 22 prepared runs, providing:
- 30% easy terrain
- 55% intermediate terrain
- 15% advanced terrain
In addition, there are challenging off-piste areas easily accessible for the expert freeriders.
Ski lifts open at 10 AM in the mornings, and close at 4 PM (weekdays) or 5 PM (weekends). During the hours of operation, there are several cafes and bars available on the mountain; they are the perfect place for you to rest and enjoy a meal, a snack or a drink, between runs.
The resort also features a Terrain Snowpark open every day during the hours of lift operation.
For the after-ski in the village, there are several bars and restaurants where you can find a full selection of drinks and enjoy delicious Georgian meals. Billiards table are also available in some of the hotels and bars.
On Friday and Saturday nights, music and dance enthusiasts will have great fun at the Marco Polo Night Club which features popular DJs and a stylish lounge bar.
The hotel Marco Polo also offers many recreational facilities including: a spa area with indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and massage clinic, as well as game rooms where you can play billiards, tennis and table tennis (additional cost applies for some activities).