Quality & Safety
Catskiing is often seen as a "little brother" of heliskiing - especially as a cheaper one. But Catskiing has a handful of real advantages over heliskiing. The most important is the lower independence from the weather. Snowcats can drive in almost any kind of weather. During a whiteout, our experienced drivers follow GPS-track.
However, our alp hut is very remote and sometimes exposed to strong winds.
Another advantage is the relaxed atmosphere, compared to the stressful entry into helicopters. You have the whole day, depending on the weather and group the cats operate from 9:00 clock to 17:00 clock. So you will get to a stately number of vertical meters.
In Adjara we operate a PB300W Polar for our groups and there is always one back-up machine in Bakhmaro ready to go. The snowcat has got a heated cabin for up to 12 freeriders. The cabins have been custom made according to our plans to match our high quality and safety standards.
The local drivers are professional tractor drivers with years of experience with working in snow. They know the area, the mountains and all the tracks from summer. They grew up in these mountains. For driving the Pistenbullys we organised a training by Austrian experts.
It can always happen that a snowcat has a technical problem, but our team of drivers and mechanics is always ready to solve them. Many problems can be solved directly on the mountain. In
Chkhakoura we run our own garage and workshop with spare parts and all necessary tools. Here we can also provide a professional service in summer. In the worst case, a backup machine is available
in Bakhmaro. For us, the safety and availability of a snowcat for our groups are key points of operation.
We have one guide as resident-guide in our alp hut in Adjara. He or she will be up in the hut for most of the season.
In 4 years of operating in Georgia, we have now a pool of experienced and qualified international guides. Because of the cooperation with Pioneers of Bakhmaro in Bakhmaro we can exchange guides, provide a back-up in case of illness and benefit from the daily experience of other guides in the region. In Bakhmaro is also Bernd Wingert - our Lead Guide - based who is overseeing the entire alpine safety management for us.
We like to work together with well-known local guides, such as Nika, who speaks English competently and has been guiding groups in Bakhmaro for the past three years. He has got a very "European" approach to guide groups what we like a lot. As often as professioal Georgian guides have time they are welcome in our operation.
Together with Pioneers of Bakhmaro we prepare our own Avalanche Report with LoLa® on a daily basis. We access the snow and avalanche situation in daily guide meetings with our team of international guides, we monitor weather conditions and changes with our own weather stations and go out to dig snow profiles to monitor the snowpack.
The most important asset we have is our team of locals.
From the very beginning a key for our project was to involve locals and provide jobs for these great people in the mountains. We want to have an impact. We also try to buy food from the local farmers, trout from the local fish farm and honey from the local beekeeper.
For our local staff we pay the pension fund and our staff is all year round health and accident insured. By now we are the biggest employer in the village and provide income for a dozen families.
Most employees started one day stayed with us untill now.