Svaneti, Georgia

Where Eastern Europe meets Western Asia. Georgia is in the heart of the Caucasus Mountain range. With 3 peaks tipping the 5000m scale this is a range to respect. The trip is based in the remote Svaneti region, in the old historic village of Mestia. In 2016 the Georgian government invested in 2 new ski resorts nearby to help promote tourism for the local economy. Hatsvali which is lower, tree lined and good for bad weather days and the freeride oriented Tetnuldi. Incredible terrain accessed straight from the lifts and due to the high altitude you know the snow quality is going to be exceptional. The ever friendly stray dogs generally  outnumber the free riders. Due to its remote location, and challenging mountain roads, most skiers and snowboarders opt for the easier to access Gudauri in the east than heading to Mestia in the west. This trip is for those keen for an adventure, an immersive cultural experience, incredible cuisine and the quietist resort I’ve every experienced. There are also options for touring and overnight homestays in the Unesco world heritage site and village of Ushguli.

Accommodation

We have chosen to stay in the Old House hotel in Metsia. Modern rooms blended into traditional architecture. To say we are well received and looked after is an understatement. The family give us the warmest welcome and are extremely accomodating. The food is plentiful and excellent local wines and beer. Some nights we head into the town to eat and listen to local live music. As with all courses the rooms are based on twin sharing.

Logistics

Previously we have flown into Kutasia airport. The transfer to Mestia is long, around 5hrs. We have private 7 seater 4×4 vehicles and the same drivers will transport us all week to whoever we choose to ride. For 2023 to maximise the experience another option is to arrive 2 days earlier into the Georgian capital, Tblisi and spend a day and a night there before taking the train across to the west and then a shorter transfer up to Mestia. Both options will be available, depending on how much time you can commit to the experience.

Courses

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation (based on twin sharing)
  • 6 days guided snowboarding
  • Return transfers to/from Kutasia
  • Avalanche safety equipment (if required)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Lift pass

Course dates 2023

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