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Bookings

Corona update    12/03/2021

Today we are ending a very difficult season that is practically a total loss for us. We hope that the tourism market will recover and that travel will be possible again. We have been accepting bookings for 2021/22 since 10/03/2021 and look forward to any early booking that ensures our survival.

Booking Policy

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One of the old huts in the (summer) resort of Bakhmaro, February 2017. ©whitehearts.de

We accept inquiries all year round and place them on our waiting list.

 

All current freeriders have the chance to re-book the same week for the following year until April. If they decline, we then offer the available openings to other repeat riders.

 

The remaining availability for the season should be posted on the website by late April once the rebooking process is complete and the waitlists have been exhausted.

 

Payments are only possible by bank transfer to our Swiss bank account.

Requirements

Caucasus, Catskiing, Freeride, Bakhmaro
Above Bakhmaro, Feb. 2017. © whitehearts.de
  • Safe freeriding in alpine terrain in all snow conditions.
  • Safe technique in the downhill and ascent.
  • Condition for short ascents.
  • Patience (for alpine conditions, weather and the situation in a transition country like Georgia).

Please keep in mind that there must always be a backup plan for a safe expedition. We move here in undeveloped terrain. A support from the outside is practically impossible. We are on our own.

Avalanche safety equipment can be rented on site. We have a small selection of high quality on-site gear (Mammut Airbags, Grown Freeride Skis). A timely gear rental is necessary because our stock is limited.

Tour-Shop

We use one Tour-Shop for our German and for our English web-page.


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Prices 2021/22
Catski Prices 2021-22.pdf
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Travel Conditions

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Travel Conditions
Reisebedingungen 05-2020.pdf
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As a Swiss company we are subject to Swiss law. Accordingly our travel conditions must be in German.


Prices & Availability - The PIONEERS

* snowcat supported ski-touring/splitboarding
* snowcat supported ski-touring/splitboarding

We try to keep the overview up to date. Please note, however, that bookings are usually made in small groups and the situation changes very quickly.

Waiting list means that we have unconfirmed bookings for the week that could still be canceled. Sometimes groups also decide to change the location (Bakhmaro - Adjara) and places / weeks become available again.

Fully booked means that the week is definitely booked, but withdrawals are still likely in Corona times. So in these weeks something can become available again.

 

Single rooms - in the PIONEERS we can provide a few single rooms. The single room surcharge is € 250,- per week.

 

 

Stand: 13/05/2021

Prices & Availability - budget

We try to keep the overview up to date. Please note, however, that bookings are usually made in small groups and the situation changes very quickly.

Waiting list means that we have unconfirmed bookings for the week that could still be canceled. Sometimes groups also decide to change the location (Bakhmaro - Adjara) and places / weeks become available again.

Fully booked means that the week is definitely booked, but withdrawals are still likely in Corona times. So in these weeks something can become available again.

 

 

 

Stand: 02/06/2021

Flight Connections

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Corona-News: Most flight connections are not yet resumed. There might be mayor changes in the upcoming weeks!

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The low-cost carrier, Wizzair, connects Kutaisi (KUT) with different European cities. Although there have been repeated problems with airbags and air canisters, we still recommend their direct flights. The likelihood of lost baggage and delayed or cancelled flights because of winter conditions are lower on these direct flights. 

 

The airport of Tbilisi (TBS) is far - 6 hours by car - from Bakhmaro. A private transfer costs from 180,-€ one way. We can arrange it, but cash payment must be made to the driver directly, each way.

 

An interesting alternative could be Batumi (BUS), but be aware that in the winter, a snowstorm could leave you stranded in the connecting city of Istanbul.

Bakhmaro, Lesser Caucasus, Catskiing Schweiz
Bakhmaro by night. In the back the lights of Batumi and Kobuleti at the Black Sea. Feb. 2018. ©whitehearts.de

There will be a new flight schedule for winter 2021/22.
There will be a new flight schedule for winter 2021/22.

We will pick you up at the airport Kutaisi when you arrive. However, please be aware that our program at the PIONEERS and at our Alp Hut in Adjara starts Saturday evening.

 

Due to the weather and snow conditions as well as the danger of avalanches, a transfer may not be possible until the next morning. The same goes for the return trip.

Since Wizzair closed its base in Kutaisi until May due to the Corona crisis, it cannot currently be assumed that the planned flights will actually take place.

Type/Ability

We try to compile homogeneous groups. Please help us by defining your own main interest and riding ability and be honest. Don’t overestimate your ability, especially if you have limited freeriding experience. To ride safe in a remote area like the Lesser Caucasus, riders need advanced skills to ride all kinds of snow (including crust and wet snow). They need to have the strength to hike out of river beds or dig themself out of deep snow, and they need the confidence to ride the occasional fast or steep slopes.

 

For the season 2021/2022 we have defined 3 types to compile groups as similarly as possible:

Ride

Feb. 2021. ©Phillipp Herfort
Feb. 2021. ©Phillipp Herfort

Sporty riders who want a lot of riding and little waiting - let's say expert level.

Experience

Feb. 2021. ©Phillipp Herfort
Feb. 2021. ©Phillipp Herfort

Freeriders who ride confidently in any terrain but who also value the Caucasus experience - advanced.

Backcountry

Feb. 2021. ©Phillipp Herfort
Feb. 2021. ©Phillipp Herfort

Riders who always carry skins in their backpack - hiking up to 500 meters in altitude are no problem.


The riders who book first define the groups focus. Later booking need to match the groups focus.