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Bookings

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

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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.


Travel Conditions

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As a Swiss company we are subject to Swiss law. Accordingly our travel conditions must be in German.


Current availability

Availability Overview Season 2019/2020, State 20/05/2019. Pioneers of Bakhmaro operates 3 snowcats with 12 seats each.
Availability Overview Season 2019/2020, State 20/05/2019. Pioneers of Bakhmaro operates 3 snowcats with 12 seats each.

This is just an overview and not always on the latest state.

Flight Connections

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. Also, we do not recommend the flights to Tbilisi. The airport of Tbilisi is far, 6 hours by car from Bakhmaro. A private transfer costs 150,-€ one way. We can arrange it, but cash payment must be maid to the driver directly, each way. An interesting alternative could be Batumi, but be aware that in the winter, a snowstorm could leave you stranded in the connecting city of Istanbul.

 

Wizzair operates these direct flights to Kutaisi:

*This routes are pending regulatory approval.
*This routes are pending regulatory approval.

We will pick you up at the airport when you arrive. However, please be aware that our program starts Saturday evening. Most of our freeriders arrive with the Memmingen flight on Sunday morning.

 

We cannot guarantee any skiing on Saturday as it is our changover day. With enough freeriders it is possible to use our spare snowcat for some first runs. Also the accommodation could be in a different room as most freeriders from the week before leave on Saturday.

 

If the flight cannot arrive before Saturday at lunchtime, it would be best to spend one night in Kutaisi and then join a group coming up to Bakhmaro on Saturday afternoon.

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 needadvanced 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 slope.

For the season 2019/2020 we have defined 3 types to compile groups as similarly as possible:

  • Ride - Sporty riders who want a lot of riding and little waiting - let's say expert level.
  • Experience - Freeriders who ride confidently in any terrain but who also value the Caucasus experience - advanced.
  • Backcountry - Riders who always carry skins in their backpack - up to 800 meters in altitude are no problem.

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