Trip Overview

Length:

7 days

Difficulty:

3/5

Price:

6500 Euros

Location:

Svaneti

Dates:

March 27th to April 2nd, 2020 - 2 spots open

What makes this trip special

A ski adventure in a remote and historic region
High Elevation skiing with spectacular scenery
Incredible Terrain to suit all skier/riders needs and abilities
A massive ski area containing many Virgin Summits

The Tour

A Heli-ski expedition in the historic and picturesque Svaneti region of Georgia. This is not only a skiing adventure, but an opportunity to explore an ancient land and culture. We’ll be skiing in the Upper Caucasus range, this is high elevation skiing, with runs starting at an elevation of 3500 meters.
The views from our drop offs are absolutely amazing, the mountain scenery is on a different scale to most other heli-skiing destinations with towering peaks, enormous glaciers and massive ridge lines.  With a huge amount of terrain at our disposal, our guides will work hard to find the best snow and the best terrain to suit the needs of the group.
At the end of the ski day, we’ll return to a cozy mountain lodge which is conveniently located in the middle of Mestia, the main town of the region.   At the lodge we’ll enjoy a tasty meal, a few cold beverages and a good nights rest.

 

 

The Place

Svaneti is a spectacular region in Northern Georgia. Svaneti is a place where a wild and picturesque mountain landscapes meet fascinating medieval villages steeping with history and brimming with preserved artifacts. Communities in Svaneti are dominated by stone house towers that were once used as a method of defence against raiders. As many as 200 of these tower houses can be seen in a single village and date back to the 19th century. Thanks to Svaneti’s isolation these towers have been preserved and remain today as a testament to the area’s history.

Surrounding these villages is some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere on the planet. Mountains in the region reach heights over 4000m, and Tetnuldi is the highest mountain at just over 4800m. These spectacularly rugged mountains dominate the skyline throughout Svaneti and give way to deep gorges and stunning mountain valleys.
There are two decent ski resorts in the area. On days when flying isn’t possible we’ll have the option to ski these resorts, go ski touring or explore some of the other villages in the region.

The Weather

February, March and April are the best months to ski in Svaneti. The days are long, with more than 12 hours of daylight in March and April.   We can expect temperatures ranging from -10 deg C to -2 deg C. High pressure becomes more common as we get further into spring, providing sunny skies and light winds. It’s not uncommon to have a whole of week of sunny weather. Storms bringing snow and low visibility can happen and if we get a few days of stormy weather we can ski at the resort or go ski touring.

Heli-Skiing

What's Included

2 Certified Guides
6 nights accommodation while in Mestia at the Mestia Chalet – twin share rooms
All meals while in Mestia
Ground Transportation – Tbilisi-Mestia-Tbilisi
10 hours of Flight Time in an A star Helicopter – B3 – 2 groups of 4 skiers.
Avalanche equipment – Beacon, shovel, probe and Air Bag backpack

*Additional flight hours can be purchased for 2300 Euros which will be divided up amongst the users

What's Not Included

Flights to and from Tbilisi
Accommodation in Tbilisi
Food in Tbilisi
Alcohol
Travel Insurance
Ski/Snowboard Equipment

*Alcohol can be purchased from the hotel in Mestia, 2 Euros per glass of beer, 8 Euros for a bottle of wine.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Transportation from the airport or your hotel in either Tbilisi, Batumi or Kutaisi. It is an eight hour drive from Tbilisi to Mestia and about 4-6 hours from Batumi or Kutaisi to Mestia.
Upon arrival at Mestia, we will have dinner in  our hotel, meet with the guides and partake in avalanche training if there is time.

Day 2 – Day 6 Heli-skiing in the Caucasus Range.

Day 7 Heli-skiing in the morning. Transportation to Tbilisi in the afternoon.

Daily schedule:
8:30-                 Breakfast
9:45-                  All skiers ready to go out with skiis. Transfer to helicopter.
10:00 – 13:00 –  Heli-Skiing
13:00-                 Lunch on the mountain or in a hotel
14:00-16:00 –     Heli-Skiing
16:00-18:00 –     Apres-ski and relaxation.
18:00 –                Dinner
19:00-22:00 –     Bar, video, lounge

 

Accommodation

Heli skiing Georgia

 

Our accommodation is at the Chalet Mestia. This is a cosy mountain lodge located right in the heart of town.
Each comfortable and well appointed room features a private bathroom. Each room has spectacular mountain views and Satellite Television. There is free WiFi throughout the Lodge. With a comfortable lounge and restaurant area, it’s the perfect place to relax after a great day of skiing.

 

Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the skiing like in Svaneti?
Normally it's excellent. With lots of terrain at our disposal, a variety of aspects and elevation to work we can normally find excellent skiing conditions. If the weather prevents us from flying we can ski at two resorts close to Mestia.
What is the weather like in the Spring?
High Pressure start to build in March and April. This brings sunny conditions and light winds. Temperatures range from -2 C to -10 C. Storms can still happen in the spring and if we can't fly because of weather we will ski at one of the two ski resorts in the area.
Do I need ski equipment?
Yes. You need to bring your own ski or snowboard equipment. It is possible to rent equipment in Mestia but we can't guarantee the right equipment will be available.
Are snowboarders welcome?
Yes, of course, We love snowboarders.
Is it dangerous in Svaneti?
The border zone with Russia has seen tensions rise over the last 18 months but there has been no conflict.
Is Avalanche Equipment provided?
Yes. We will provide you with a Probe, shovel, beacon and backpack with airbags. You are welcome to bring your own beacon, we will test it before going skiing.
Do I need to be an advanced skier or snowboarder?
Yes. We don't accept beginners on this trip. You should be able to ski a black diamond run with ease and confidence. If you have a group of intermediate riders we can accommodate you.
What's the accommodation like?
Very comfortable, it's 3 and half stars. Please see the accommodation tab for more details.

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