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Bakhmaro Catski

7 Nights, 5-6 Ski Days, Dec. 2021 – Mar. 2022

Pioneers of Bakhmaro

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

In 2016 we discovered this abandoned resort and immediatly realised the freeride potential of the surrounding mountains.

 

In the following summer we founded powderproject.ch, bought our first Pistenbully, continued the scouting of possible snowcat tracks to access the freeride slopes, recruted local staff, started the training and rented to basic cottages. In the winter of 2016/17 we started our own catski operation.

 

Now our local team under the coordination of our lead guide Bernd and our lodge manager Barbara continue this magnificent project and you can be a part of it.  Pioneers of Bakhmaro will continue to set standards for quality and safety in Bakhmaro. And Aslan, Tengo and Aslan will continue to prepare the best tracks and bring the groups safely up to the drop-offs. Nobody knows the terrain better than these guys.

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

Catski, Bakhmaro,
The project 2020.

We are building our own guest house in Bakhmaro. For the winter 2021/22 we will have 10 double-, twin-, and triple-rooms with private bathroom and balcony.

The house is designed in an urban style in order to do justice to Bakhmaro's fast development. It also creates a nice contrast to our alpine hut in Adjara. During the construction we tried to find a mix of local expertise and modern building materials. The house is made from hemp stones that have stored CO2 and ensuring a healthy living environment.

We will have space in the house for two groups in 10 small rooms.  The dining area and the living room with an open fireplace is on the ground floor. In the basement is the sauna with relaxation room and a small gym 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 3-4 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.

Budget

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

For next season Pioneers of Bakhmaro has rented again the basic guest house, we have been using since 2018.

 

It is a basic mountain hut with rooms for 2 to 5 people each. Rooms can be arranged with bunk beds.

 

The number of bathrooms and toilets is limited. In Georgia and in Bakhmaro in particular it can always happen that electicity or the water supply fails for some time.

 

The team around Barbara will do again everything to make the common rooms as comfortable as possible. Since last year the living room has got an open fire place.

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 3-4 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.

Food

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

Georgian cuisine is very well known for its quality and great taste in all of East-Europe. It is quite heavy with meat, fish, vegetables side dishes, bread and cheese.

 

In the evening, the team of local cooks  prepares typical Georgian dishes including lobio (traditional bean stew in a clay pot), khinkhali (meat dumplings), tolma (stuffed wine or cabbage leaves) and the famous khachapuri (cheese bread).

 

For breakfast, Pioneers of Bakhmaro serves an extensive breakfast with eggs as omelette or fried eggs, home baked bread, muesli, freash fruits and honey from local beekeepers.

 

For lunchtime the group takes a lunch package and enjoys the food on the slope to maximize ski time during the day. On bad weather day is always to chance to come back to the lodge for a hot soup or Burano (traditional omountain dish from local cheese).

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.

pioneers

from 2'100,-€

December 2021 - March 2022


Download
Itinerary Pioneers of Bakhmaro 2021/22
Itinerary Bakhmaro 2021.1.pdf
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Services

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.

Download
Packing-list and information prior to arrival
Packing-List Bakhmaro 2020.1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 490.1 KB

budget

from 1'900,-€

December 2021 - March 2022

  • 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.