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Adjara "Alp Hütte"

7 Nights, 5-6 Ski Days, Dec. 2020 – Mar. 2021

Freeride Adjara

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Sundowner with our scouting group, Jan. 2020 © Peter Mitterlehner
We found a new location in the Adjara mountains. In our Pioneer season we saw the high valley from above for the first time. Then it was always the goal of ski tours and in winter 2018/19 we came with snowcats for the first time to ski the snow-sure slopes. In summer 2019 we decided to open up the area with a lodge.

Of course we also thought about how we can avoid free riders like in Bakhmaro:
  • on the one hand, getting to the area is more difficult and takes longer. The high valley is much more remote than Bakhmaro.
  • on the other hand, there are no summer houses to rent there.
We hope that these circumstances will keep imitators as long as possible.

Adjara

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Big Mountain Lines in Adjara, Feb. 2020 © Dirk Wagener.

Although the new location is not far from Bakhmaro and we use Bakhmaro as a stopover during the journey, the area is different than in Bakhmaro.

 

The hut is already at one degree at 2,400 meters and the slopes are between 2,755 and 2,100 meters. The terrain is therefore high alpine. For the most part we move in the snowy slopes above the tree line. But that also means that on days with a snowstorm we can also have downdays. The next treeruns that Bakhmaro is so famous for are far away.

 

Since not all peaks can be reached with the Cat and we do not want to force the "last push", it makes sense to have freeride skiing with a touring binding. The special lines have to be earned here.

Accommodation

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Our new AlpHütte on 2'400 meters in Adjara, January 2020. © Kristi

Beginning of September we have started to rebuild an alp hut in a remote alp village in Adjara. We constructed a new basement with toilets, a sauna and shower, a kitchen on the first floor with a small livingroom and 3 basic sleeping rooms under the roof. The sleeping rooms have bunk beds for maximum 12 freeriders.

 

In our hut is just enough space for one group including guide and the team of snowcat-driver, mechanic, kitchen and housekeeping crew.  It is a basic, quite and cosy place.

Board

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The set table in our hut. Everyone will find something there ...

The culinarical well-being is also well taken care of. We have a local team of chefs and kitchen assistants who prepare fresh food every day.

In the morning there is a rich breakfast including muesli, fresh fruit, egg dishes, homemade bread and local specialties. We take a lunch box for lunch so that we don't lose a lot of food during the day. On bad weather days we can always come to the hut and warm up with a hot soup.

Typical Georgian dishes are then cooked in the evening. Georgian cuisine is hearty and varied. Meals come on the table in bowls and plates, so everyone can take what they like.

Itinerary

  • Saturday: Pick up at the airport in Kutaisi & transfer to Bakhmaro and then to the new hut in Adjara.
  • Sunday: safety-meeting, catskiing in the mountains of Adjara..
  • Monday to Friday: Catskiing according to weather and snow conditions.
  • Saturday: Departure - Transfer to Kutaisi.

2'450,-€

December 2020 - March 2021


Download
Itinerary Catski Caucasus 2020/2021
Itinerary Adjara 2020.1.pdf
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Impressions

2019/20


Services

  • Pick up at the airport and transfer to the lodge and back.
  • 7 nights in a simple mountain lodge in Adjara.
  • full board: rich breakfast, packed lunch and typical Georgian dinner.
  • 5-6 days catskiing.
  • experienced English speaking guide.
  • English speaking contact person with local knowledge.

Download
Packing-list and information prior to arrival
Packing-List Adjara 2020.1.pdf
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Impressions of our first seasons in Bakhmaro

Scouting

2015/16

Pioneer

2016/17

BlindBird

2017/18

Restart

2018/19


5 reason to ride with us

  • Reliability - high levels of snowfall, especially at the beginning of the season.
  • Professionalism - German / Swiss organization, quality and safety management, BackUp Snowcat.
  • Experience - a new freeride location in a remote location in the Caucasus.
  • Ease - no visa required, good flight connections with direct flights from London, Milano, Barcelona and other cities.
  • Adventure - back to the roots in the middle of nowhere, first lines guranteed.