Bakhmaro is one of the snowiest places in Georgia. Because of its proximity to the Black Sea, this mountainous area experiences heavy and frequent snowfalls, while its high altitude and predominantly Northern aspect help to preserve the snowpack throughout the entire winter season.
Freeride in Bakhmaro is possible in all kinds of weather. We can carve through forest glades on snowy or cloudy days and dive into alpine fields on clear days, enjoying the stunning views of the Greater Caucasus and the Black Sea.
We offer a programme that combines skitour and catski. We will board a snowcat every morning to get to remote skitour areas and save our time and energy on the approach—and ride the cat to get home at the end of the day. We will ski for six days and make 3–5 runs a day, 250–600 vertical meters each.
A rustic house in the village of Bakhmaro will be our home for the entire programme: a cosy wooden lodge featuring warm rooms, a sauna and a chillout zone, and full-board meals from a Georgian chef. We will also arrange a private car transfer from Tbilisi or Kutaisi and a snowcat shuttle to Bakhmaro for the group.
Here is a short video featuring skitour in Bakhmaro from our friends at WhiteHearts:
Arrival/departure city: Tbilisi or Kutaisi, depending on your flight. We recommend arriving one day before the start of the programme. We will arrange a transfer from Tbilisi or Kutaisi for all participants.
Arrival day. We take a car transfer and snowcat shuttle from Tbilisi or Kutaisi to Bakhmaro. Settle in and have a rest.
We start with a short avalanche training and proceed to our first day of snowcat-assisted skitour.
Full-time catski-assisted skitour and freeride in Bahmaro with a short break in the afternoon to have a picnic lunch on the snow.
Departure day. We take a snowcat shuttle and car transfer back to Tbilisi or Kutaisi. You can plan your flight for the next morning.
We stay in a cosy wooden lodge in Bakhmaro. Accommodation is simple hostel type, with shared facilities and a separate wooden sauna. Wi-Fi is available in our lodging.
We provide participants with three full meals a day, including a lunch box for skitour. All meals are traditional Georgian food prepared by a local chef. Alcohol is not included: you can stock up in Tbilisi or Kutaisi to suit your tastes; some alcoholic beverages are also available in the lodge.
Note. If you are allergic to food or have specific preferences, please indicate this in your booking application.
Bakhmaro boasts heavy and frequent snowfalls. One-night snowfall can bring a meter of fresh snow: powder skis (110 mm waist or fatter) are strongly recommended for skiers.
We suggest that you prep your gear and re-glue skins before the trip. Please also note that glueless skins or dirty/old glue may perform poorly in cold temperatures.
- certified guides;
- experienced tail guide;
- transfer from Tbilisi/Kutaisi to Bakhmaro and back;
- full-day snowcat;
- accommodation and meals in Bakhmaro (7 nights);
- first aid kit and repair kit.
Price does not include
- medical/evacuation insurance;
- accommodation and meals in Tbilisi/Kutaisi;
- tips for guides.