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Bakhmaro Catski

7 Nights, 5-6 Ski Days, Dec. 2022 – Mar. 2023

Pioneers of Bakhmaro

Pistenbully, Caucasus, Catskiing, Catski Europe, Swiss catski
Above the run "Powder MILF", followed by an unforgettable run in the evening sun, Feb. 2017. © whitehearts.de

In 2016 we discovered this previously deserted summer holiday resort and immediately recognized the freeride potential of the surrounding mountains.

The following summer we founded powderproject.ch, bought our first snowcat, scouted possible cattracks, rented two simple cottages and recruited a local team. In winter 2016/17 we received our own groups. This opened up a new catski area.

Our local team continues this great project and you can be a part of it. The Pioneers of Bakhmaro will continue to set standards in quality and safety in Bakhmaro. Aslan, Tengo, David, Merab and Jemal will continue to prepare the best tracks and get the groups safely to the runs. Nobody knows the terrain better than our local drivers.

Bakhmaro

catski, powderproject, Pistenbully; Catski Switzerland
Welcome to Bakhmaro, March 2019. © Alexey

In summer, Bakhmaro is one of the popular family resorts in Georgia at around 1,900 meters. Many families from the surrounding area but also from the cities have huts in this high valley. There is even a hotel and a small number of guesthouses. In winter, Bakhmaro was uninhabited and not accessible.

 

Just 40 km from the Black Sea, Bakhmaro gets a lot ot precipitation all year round but in particular in winter. The treeline is high and the variety of treeruns is pretty unique. Above the treeline wait wide open slopes with Sarkornia [2'755m] as higest point.

Accommodation: Base

Catski, Bakhmaro,
Room in the mountain accommodation in Bakhmaro in the season 2019/20.

In addition to our own guest house The PIONEERS, we will also be offering a cheaper alternative next season. We try to find a comfortable place to stay. As more and more is built in Bakhmaro, there are various alternatives.

Please expect a simple mountain hut with rooms for 2 to 5 people each. Some of the rooms can be equipped with bunk beds. The number of bathrooms and toilets will be limited. In Georgia, and especially in Bakhmaro, it can always happen that the electricity or water supply fails for some time. We plan a backup accordingly, but this is always more difficult to implement with rented houses than with our own houses.

Alignment

Bakhmaro is ideally located for direct access to a variety of different slopes. The distances are short and there are practically no downdays, as the nearest trees are always within reach.

In Bakhmaro we have 4-5 groups per appointment and meanwhile the abandoned mountain village is no longer as deserted as we found it a few years ago.

With the rented accommodation we offer catskiing at a very affordable price.

Accommodation: The PIONEERS

Catski, Bakhmaro,
The project 2020.

After many years we were able to buy a small piece of land in 2020 and were able to build our own guest house. It is one of the few legal buildings in Bakhmaro.

The house has a very modern design in order to keep up with Bakhmaro's rapid development in the future. In addition, there is a nice contrast to our simple alpine hut in Adjara. During construction we tried to find a mixture of local expertise and modern building materials. The house was made from hemp stones that stored CO2. It has central heating fueled by local wood and nutshell briquettes.

The PIONEERS has space for two groups of 8-12 freeriders each. The 10 rooms are divided into twin rooms, double rooms and triple rooms and each has its own bathroom. In addition, each room has a balcony. The rooms can also be booked as single rooms. On the ground floor there is the lounge with an open fireplace and the dining room. In the basement is a sauna with relaxation room. for stretching. A heated ski and skiboot room will ensure dry boots in the morning.


The surcharge for a single room is € 250,- per person.

Alignment

Bakhmaro is ideally located for direct access to a variety of different slopes. The distances are short and there are practically no downdays, as the nearest trees are always within reach.

In Bakhmaro we have 4-5 groups per appointment and meanwhile the abandoned mountain village is no longer as deserted as we found it a few years ago.

The Pioneers is our most comfortable accommodation.

Food

Georgian food, cupati, Georgian dishes
In Georgia many dishes are served on the table at once and everyone helping themselves.

For the sustenance is provided. We have a local team of cooks and kitchen helpers who prepare the food fresh every day.

In the morning there is a rich breakfast with muesli, fresh fruit, egg dishes, homemade jam, homemade bread and local specialties.

 

We take a lunch box with us for lunch so we don't lose a lot of time during the day. On bad weather days we can always come into the house and warm up with a hot soup or the local warm cheese dish Burano.

In the evening, typical Georgian cooking is served including lobio (traditional bean stew in a clay pot), khinkhali (meat dumplings), tolma (stuffed wine or cabbage leaves) and the famous khachapuri (cheese bread). Georgian cuisine is hearty and versatile. The meals are served in bowls and on plates, so that everyone can take what they like. We also cover this way various special diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose).

Itinerary

  • Saturday:
    Pick up at the airport Kutaisi (KUT) & transfer to Bakhmaro; safety briefing.
  • Sunday: Brunch, freeriding in the mountains around Bakhmaro.
  • Monday to Friday: freeriding according to weather and snow conditions.
  • Saturday: Departure - Transfer to the airport Kutaisi (KUT) according to the flight departures.

Base

from 2'300,-€


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Itinerary Bakhmaro Base
Itinerary Bakhmaro 2022.1.pdf
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Services

  • Pick up at Kutaisi airport and Transfer to Bakhmaro and back.
  • 7 nights in Bakhmaro
  • Full Board: breakfast, packed lunch and Georgian dinner
  • 5-6 days catskiing
  • Group size 8-12
  • experienced English speaking guide.
  • English speaking contact person with local knowledge.

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Packing-list and information prior to arrival
Packliste Bakhmaro Base 2022.pdf
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The PIONEERS

from 2'500,-€


Download
Itinerary The PIONEERS
Itinerary PIONEERS 2022.1.pdf
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Services

  • Pick up at Kutaisi airport and Transfer to Bakhmaro and back.
  • 7 nights in Bakhmaro.
  • Double-, twin or triple-rooms with private bathroom.
  • Full Board: rich breakfast, packed lunch and Georgian dinner
  • 5-6 days catskiing.
  • Group size 8-10
  • experienced English speaking guide.
  • English speaking contact person with local knowledge.

Impressions of our first seasons

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 - Swiss / German organization, quality and safety management, back-up 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.
  • Possibilities - the perfect place for the best photo & video shots, whether with action cam or drone.