Quality & Safety

Catskiing - Catboarding

Best catskiing in Europe, Catski Switzerland, Snowcat, Caucasus
All our cats meeting for lunch at Baisura, Feb. 2018. © Patrick Ribis

Catskiing is often seen as a "little brother" of heliskiing - especially as a cheaper one. But Catskiing has a handful of real advantages over heliskiing. The most important is the independence from the weather. Pioneers of Bakhmaro drives every day. Downdays due to bad weather just do not exist. On supposed bad days Pioneers of Bakhmaro drives the famous tree runs - the tree line reaches in Bakhmaro up to unbelievable 2'200 meters! During a whiteout, the drivers follow GPS-tracks and for the riders trees provide enough contours for unforgettable downhill runs.

Another advantage is the relaxed atmosphere, compared to the stressful entry into helicopters. You have the whole day, depending on the weather and group the cats operate from 9:00 clock to 17:00 clock. So you will get to a stately number of vertical meters.


In Bakhmaro Pioneers of Bakhmaro operate three PB300W Polar for groups and there is always one back-up machine ready to go.  Each snowcat has got a heated cabin for up to 12 freeriders. The cabins have been custom made according to plans to match high quality and safety standards.


The local drivers are professional tractor drivers with years of experience with working in snow. They know the area, the mountains and all the tracks from summer. They grew up in these mountains. For driving the Pistenbullys they have been trained by Austrian experts.


In addition Pioneers of Bakhmaro can use the "Japanese Express" - Alpina Sherpas for up to 12 freeriders - to reduce waiting time and increase the experience.


Freeride, Catski, Bakhmaro, Caucasus, Mountain Guide
Our lead guide Bernd collects the group at Buksieti, Feb. 2019.

For the season 2019/2020 Pioneers of Bakhmaro will elevate the guiding concept. The quality and safety of guiding are simply too important and continuity during the season is a cornerstone for this.

Pioneers of Bakhmaro will cooperate with an experienced German certified mountain guide who already knows Bakhmaro well and will oversee the entire alpine safety management.

Pioneers of Bakhmaro will complete individual tours with well-known local guides, such as Nika, who speaks English competently and has been guiding groups in Bakhmaro for the past two years with a very "European" approach.


Pioneers of Bakhmaro will also continue to prepare its own daily Avalanche Report with LoLa®.

Local Impact

Our Team in Bakhmaro dressed in traditional clothes for a celebration, March 2019.
Our Team in Bakhmaro dressed in traditional clothes for a celebration, March 2019.

The most important asset we have is our team of locals.


From the very beginning a key for our project was to involve locals and provide jobs for these great people in the mountains. We want to have an impact. We also try to buy food from the local farmers, trout from the local fish farm and honey from the local beekeeper.


For our local staff we pay the pension fund and our staff is all year round health and accident insured. By now we are the biggest employer in the village and provide income for a dozen families.


Most employees started one day stayed with us untill now.