Gudauri

Ski Resort in Georgia

Introduction

Gudauri is a mountain ski resort situated on a south-facing plateau of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia, 2,200 m above sea level. Its skiable area enjoys the maximum exposure to the sun, which makes Gudauri a magnificent all-year-round tourist destination. 

In winter, visitors enjoy skiing in addition to a vast range of alternative outdoor activities. Skiers of all levels can find impressive opportunities for slalom, giant slalom, and downhill skiing, and even the world famous heli-skiing, for those who love to indulge in extreme challenges.

In Gudauri, the mountain slopes are covered with snow for 4-5 months, from December to late April, and provide great opportunities for snowboarding. The average snow depth on these slopes reaches 2.5 m.

The total length of Gudauri ski runs exceeds 57 kilometres and meets the highest international standards. The slopes are accessible via several platter lifts, moving carpets, chairlifts, and a cabin lift.

In Gudauri, the base lift is situated over 2,200 meters above sea level and the top lift is at 3,285 meters.

Children can have lots of fun at playgrounds that can be found in the village near the hotels, or use moving carpets and take private or group ski lessons at ski schools. Tubing is one of the non-ski activities that can be found in Gudauri.

In summer, the resort takes on a whole new life as a fabulous sightseeing destination – with crisp fresh air, superior areas for horse-riding, mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, etc.

The comfortable hotels of Gudauri offer all the necessary amenities for arranging regional and international conferences, trade shows, expos, seminars, and workshops.

Gudauri is a rapidly developing site which is experiencing a growing influx of hotels, guesthouses, sport centres, restaurants, lounges and bars.

The New Year week is considered the peak of the season in Gudauri, with visitors flocking from various regions of Georgia and abroad. There is no better launch pad than Gudauri for exploring the Greater Caucasus, at any time throughout the year.

Transportation - Get In


By plane

Tbilisi International Airport is 120 km from Gudauri ski resort. Kutaisi international airport is 320 km from Gudauri ski resort.

Transfer from the Georgian airports via taxi or regular minibus (marshrutka) to Gudauri Ski Resort

  1. The most budget-conscious choice!!! Bus "Airport - Tbilisi Center" + Shuttle (marshrutka) "Tbilisi - Gudauri" - USD 3.22 for one way
    a. Bus "Airport Tbilisi - Tbilisi Сenter": price per person one-way 50 tetri (USD 0,22). Bus No. 37 "Airport - Tbilisi Center" departs 24 hours a day each 20 minutes (after midnight to 7 in the morning – each 35 minutes). The bus has 36 seats with a total capacity of up to 100 passengers.
    The cost of travel by bus to the airport and back is 50 tetri (USD 0.22) one-way and is a normal municipal runs. All transport social benefits are valid on this run. The bus passes Kakhetinskoye highway, G. Bush Street, Kachinsky Street, the district of Avlabari, the right embankment, Chanturia Street, Freedom Square, Rustaveli and Melikishvili Avenues and the Square of Heroes.
    b. Minibus (Marshrutka) "Tbilisi - Gudauri": price per person one-way from 7 GEL (USD 3). Departures from station “Didube” (near the underground railway station of the same name) daily from 9:30 to 17:00, running every 1.5-2 hours (often as it fills up).  Travel time 2-2.5 hours. Distance 110 km. If you carry any large-size luggage (like ski equipment) the price doubles.
  2. Individual transfer and taxi - USD 50-60 in one way (for a car)
    Approximate price for a car one-way is 150 GEL (USD 50-60). Price is set with advance reservation, but may be higher when taking a taxi “on the spot”. However, after some negotiations with the driver, the price will be easily reduced to the abovementioned rate. You can also make preliminary arrangements with local Gudauri drivers. The price of transfer will be lower if you find a fellow traveler and share the fee. 
  3. Minibus “Tbilisi – Gudauri” - USD 3 one way. Price per person one way from 7 GEL (USD 3). Departure from station "Didube" (near the underground railway station of the same name) daily from 9:30 to 17:00, running 1.5-2 hours (often as it fills up).  Travel time 1.5-2 hours. Distance 110 km. If you carry any large-size luggage (like ski equipment) the price doubles.

By car

You can reach Gudauri by car from the direction of Russia across the Russian-Georgian border at the customs and border post “Verkhni Lars”. In this case, you should pay attention to the snow forecast and monitor road condition at Cross Pass. During snowfall and several days later (up to one week depending on the snowfall intensity) the pass may be closed and it is impossible to get through to Gudauri. Return travel complications may arise for the same reasons.

Transportation - Get Around


Be prepared to haggle with taxi drivers, take the uncomfortable walk on the road or try to hitchhike.

Ski Lifts info & tickets

NIGHT SKIING on the weekends from 20:00 to 22:00 on the illuminated trails under the first cable car (Pirveli).
The cost of night skiing: included in the price of daily skiing, one-time run - 5 lari.

ARTIFICIAL SNOW - with a lack of natural snow, the routes under the first cable car (Pirveli) are covered with artifical snow.

FREERIDING IN GUDAURI - a safe off piste skiing in the resort is possible a few days after the last snowfall. With the use of ski lifts, opportunities for freeriding are expanding beyond the resort.


The beginning of the first lift - at an altitude of 2000 meters
The end of the last lift - at an altitude of 3258 meters
The total height difference at the resort with the use of ski lifts is 1258 vertical meters
The length of the prepared ski trails is 75 km.
The cost of ski passes: One-run - 5 GEL (USD 2); Day time - from 30 lari (USD 12); Weekly - from 174 GEL (USD 73).


Gudauri has 57 km of ski runs and 7 lifts. The bottom station of first ski lift called pirveli is at 1,990 m above sea level and the top station of the last ski lift is at 3,279 m, called Sadzele.

Pirveli ski lift, three-chair
Beginning at an altitude of 2000 m. Vertical drop is 150 m., The length of the cableway is 1010 m.

Soliko ski lift, four-chair
The beginning is at an altitude of 2150 m. Vertical drop is 520 m, the length of the cableway is 2310 m.

Good Aura ski lift, gondola
The beginning at an altitude of 2160 m. Vertical drop is 540 m, the length of the cableway is 2380 m.

Shino (new ski lift), six-chair
The beginning is at an altitude of 2150 m. Vertical drop is 550 m, the length of the cableway is 2320 m.

Snow Park ski lift, three-chair
Beginning at an altitude of 2700 m. Vertical drop is 120 m, the length of the cableway is 900 m.

Kudebi ski lift, three-chair
Beginning at an altitude of 2670 m. Vertical drop is 290 m, the length of the cableway is 1060 m.

Sadzele ski lift, four-chair
Beginning at an altitude of 2770 m.  Vertical drop is 488 m, the length of the cableway is 1300 m.

Sights & Landmarks

Jvari Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox Monastery of the 6th century near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia, where St. Nino erected the first wooden cross. Its pedestal can still be seen in the center of the church. The beauty of the church and amazing view from its territory is one of the most memorable things in Georgia. It stands on the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the former town of Georgia – Mtskheta. In 1994 became UNESCO World Heritage Site and is under protection. Monastery lies 107 km from the resort.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox Church (Cross-Domed Church), which is located in the historical town Mtskheta, 98 km from Gudauri ski resort. According to the history, a local Jew Sidona was buried with the Chirst’s robe in her hands. The current cathedral was built in the 11th century. It is the second largest church building in the country and is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments.

Ananuri – The castle and seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles. The fortifications consist of two castles joined by a crenellated curtain wall. Within the complex, amongst other buildings, are two churches - the Church of the Virgin (17th century) and the Church of the Assumption (1689). Castle lies 55 km from Gudauri ski resort and takes about an hour to reach.

Gergeti Trinity Church - The complex of Gergeti Trinity church, beautifully situated on the top of the hill nearby the township of Kazbegi, overlooking the area, is the main chapel of the Khevi region. The bell-tower standing nearby is contemporary with the cross-domed Church of the Mother of God and creates a uniform complex together with it. Its impressive location, set before the stunning backdrop of the snowcapped, 5033m high Mt. Kazbek (Mkinvartsveri), makes it a unique place to experience. This amazing church is only 40 km of distance from the resort and can be easily reached.

Activities & Things to do


Winter activites: Skiing, Snowboarding, Free-riding, Ski Tours, Heliski, Paragliding, Cross-country skiing, Nightskiing, Tubing zone, Mountain Climbing, Helicopter tours. 


Summer activities: Mountain Biking in a bike park in Gudauri. Paragliding, Rafting, Fishing, Hiking, Camping near Gudauri.

  • Climbing is what this place is world-famous for. The near-by Mount Kazbek and the surrounding regions attract a large number of climbers from all over the world year after year. They are here primarily to experience the unforgettable Kazbek (5047 m) or Mkinvartsveri as its known by the locals. Various programs including rock climbing and ice climbing can be tailor made to suit all levels of climbers. Experienced guides such as Gia Apakidze will insure you have the most enjoyable and a safe experience.
  • Trekking - A vast selection of trekking routes can be chosen for all levels of hikers from the totally inexperienced to those seeking a real challenge. You will enjoy the unforgettable views of the Caucasus Mountains, mysterious gorges and endless rivers.
  • Rafting - The fast flowing mountain rivers in this area are perfect for experiencing white-water rafting at its best. Various degrees of difficulty can be found here and experienced local guides will help you make the most out of your trip.
  • Paragliding - year round in Gudauri, Ananuri and Kazbegi. Fly Caucasus Paragliding Company offer extreme offroad trip to highest paragliding takeoff year round. 

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