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Pioneers of Bakhmaro

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

Bakhmaro

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

In summer, Bakhmaro is one of the high-altitude tourist resorts in Georgia at around 1,900 meters. Many families from the surrounding area have huts here. There is even a hotel (without heat) and a small number of guesthouses. In winter, Bakhmaro was uninhabited and not accessible.

 

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

 

powderproject.ch has been the pioneer in Bakhmaro, the first who spent a winter and who scouted and developed all of the tracks. Nobody knows the area like they do. They have been offering catskiing in Bakhmaro quite successfully since 2016. It is a unique experience, free of the rush of mass tourism.

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

After 3 years, powderproject.ch's stay has come to an end in Bakhmaro. However, a local partner team will continue this magnificent project and you can still 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.

 

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

Pioneers of Bakhmaro have rented the same house again. The landlord will do some improvements during the summe.

 

Please expect a basic mountain hut with rooms for 2 to 5 people each. Rooms can be arranged with bunk beds. There will be a basic sauna and just limited number of bathrooms.

 

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

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 to 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
Adobe Acrobat Document 436.5 KB

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
Adobe Acrobat Document 448.4 KB

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.