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Catski Caucasus

7 Nights, 5-6 Ski Days, Dec. 2019 – Mar. 2020

Bakhmaro

catski, powderproject, Pistenbully; PB300 W Polar
Our Snowcat (with the old cabin) in the mountains of Bakhmaro, February 2017. © whitehearts.de

Bakhmaro is one of the high-altitude tourist resorts in Georgia at around 1,900 meters. Many families from the surrounding area have a hut here and spend some time in the summer in the high valley. There is even a hotel (without heating) and a small number of guesthouses. In winter, Bakhmaro is uninhabited and it used to be not accessible.

 

Because of its snow reliability, Bakhmaro was already planned for an expansion as a ski resort in Soviet times. In 2007, a feasibility study was prepared by an Austrian consulting company, which emphasized the skiing potential of the place and in 2016/17 a masterplan for a year-round destination was prepared. However, nobody realised the freeride potential of this place until powderproject.ch came.

 

powderproject.ch has been the pioneers in Bakhmaro, the first who spend there a winter and the people who scouted and developed all tracks. Nobody knows the area as we do. We have been offering catskiing in Bakhmaro since 2016. We experience this place before the rush of tourists is destroying it. It has been a unique experience so far.

Catski Caucasus

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

After 3 years our project has been coming to an end in Bakhmaro. However, our local team will continue our program in Bakhmaro.

 

catskicaucasus will continue to set standards for quality and safety in Bakhmaro. Aslan, Tengo and Aslan will again prepare the best tracks and bring the groups safely up to the drop-offs. Nobody knows the terrain better than these guys.

 

Groups will ride the legendary "Japanese Trees" again, the open slopes at Biasura and the beech trees at Maximundo.

Accommodation

Pillo-Hut, Bakhmaro
Pillow-hut in Bakhmaro, February 2017. © whitehearts.de

The accommodation for the next season is not fixed yet. If catskicaucasus can agree with the landlord, it could become the same house again.

 

Please expect a basic mountain hut with rooms for 2 to 5 people each. Rooms could be arranged with bunk beds. For sure there will be just a limited number of bathrooms. We will also leave our sauna in Bakhmaro.

 

For breakfast, there is, next to the obligatory khachapuri, "small chicken" - eggs as omelette or fried eggs, home baked bread and honey from local beekeepers. At lunchtime, there will be a simple lunch snack on the slopes to maximize ski time during the day. In the evening, expect Georgian cooking at its best. And, of course, we are looking forward to our shaschlik ...

Itinerary

  • Saturday:
    Pick up at the airport Kutaisi (KUT) & transfer to Bakhmaro.
  • Sunday: Brunch, safety instructions, catskiing or ski-touring in the mountains around Bakhmaro.
  • Monday till Friday: Catskiing or ski-touring according to weather and snow conditions.
  • Departure: Transfer to the airport Kutaisi (KUT) according to the flight departures.

2'300,-€

December 2019 - March 2020


Download
Itinerary Catski Caucasus 2019/2020
Itinerary 2019.1.pdf
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Services

  • Pick up at Kutaisi airport and Transfer to Bakhmaro and back.
  • 5-7 nights in a simple mountain lodge in Bakhmaro.
  • Full Board: rich breakfast, packed lunch and Georgian dinner in Bakhmaro.
  • Depending on the situation, up to 2 nights near the airport (arrival & departure).
  • 5-6 days catskiing.
  • experienced West-European mountain guide (German, English) 
  • English speaking contact person with local knowledge.

Download
Packing-list and information prior to arrival
Packing-List 2019.pdf
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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 - 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.
  • Possibilities - the perfect place for the best photo & video shots, whether with action cam or selfie drone.