Corona News #4
The peak of the second wave was in early December. Since then, the number of infections has been falling.
The government is discussing how the positive trend can be sustained during the holiday season, which is about to begin. Between New Year, Christmas and the "Old New Year" on January 15th, Georgia is vacation time with many family visits, etc.
The corona pandemic is only being taken in Georgia - we too are taking the situation very seriously. Everyone is committed to a safe environment for locals but also for international visitors.
The Georgian government plans to lift all restrictions on international air travel from February 2021. This also increases the chances of a more gratifying second half of the season.
projectFLEX - Long-term Covid stays
Extension of our “work from the hut” program into January.
We can offer a flexible and safe stay to freeriders who want to escape the lockdown in Europe and who want to work and freeride for several weeks (at least 3) in our house in the Lesser Caucasus. The basic price is 2'300,-€ for 7 nights and 6 catski days (2'100,-€ if you arrive in December). Each additional night costs 50,-€ (single room 75,-€) and each additional catski day by arrangement costs 150,-€. Individual ski tours are possible every day. A simple room and full board are included.
For example, Wizzair flies from Dortmund: 18/12, 25/12, 01/01/2021 and 08/01. Germans and French need only an online registration and a current PCR test to enter the country. We have internet (4G), electricity (35kw generator) and can set up desks. AND we are 3 hours ahead of Central European Time! - A 9 to 5 job is a 12 to 8 job for us! Until the offices open at noon, we have already skied Maximundo for 3 hours ...
The situation in Georgia has not improved in the past few weeks. We are not affected by the second lockdown for the time being and have applied for driving permits. In the lonely hut we are completely isolated from the outside world, the risk of infection is minimal.
First Snow in Adjara & Bakhmaro
At the end of November we have enough snow to start the season. In the week 04/12 - 11/12/2020 we still have some places available (€ 2,100 per person). We pick you up from Tbilisi with a private transfer matching the Lufthansa flight from Munich.
It will be a small group. Our Corona concept with significantly reduced capacity and separate groups is in place.
The situation has worsened in the past few weeks - a second lockdown has been in effect since yesterday. However, we do not believe we will be affected by the lockdown and have applied for driving permits. In the remote hut we are completely isolated from the outside world.
projectFLEX - Long-term Covid stays in December
Traveling is currently associated with considerable risks and restrictions. On the other hand, the possibility of freeriding will be severely restricted this winter and associated with
considerable uncertainty. Are lifts running? Are there strict time windows? Are borders closed? Are overnight bans threatened? Is the next lockdown coming?
With the turnover that is currently made with ski touring equipment, it is also to be expected that the Alps will be stormed in good weather - even by many inexperienced!
We in the Caucasus already have snow and our huts are so lonely that social distancing is guaranteed. But freedom is also guaranteed!
That is why we are offering flexible long-term stays in the Caucasus in December - our projectFLEX. Flexible stays for freeriders and ski tourers who want to spend 2, 3 or more weeks in the safe solitude of the Caucasus. The number of guided catski days can be discussed individually and adjusted at short notice, depending on the weather. Every day there is the opportunity for individual ski tours. Tours of several days to our alpine hut in Adjara are also possible (but there are bunk beds there!). The number is limited, but we also need at least 6 freeriders so that we can cover the costs. So please share this post ...
For freeriders with a stay of more than 14 days, we provide simple single rooms. Bathrooms are shared, but are constantly cleaned by our team. A work area with tables and chairs is available for every 2 rooms. The internet connection (4G) is usually stable enough for online meetings. Printers & scanners are available. A 35 kw generator is available as a back-up.
The basic package with 7 nights (and full board), 6 catski days (with local guide) and airport transfer costs 2'100,-€. Each additional night with full board costs 50,- € and each additional catski day 150,- €. For example, 3 weeks with 10 catskiing days come to 3'400,-€.
Spend the lockdown or the restrictions at home on the sofa or in the powder ...
We look forward to the FirstLines!
First Snow in Adjara & Bakhmaro
We got the first snow at the weekend. The night temperatures are now regularly below zero degrees (in Bakhmaro). In our catski area in Adjara we have already a base of approx. 40 cm.
That is of course not enough for a descent, but with the next snowfall we can start our first ski-tour and we are optimistic that we will have enough snow to start operations at the beginning of December.
As expected, the situation has worsened over the past few weeks - in fact, it is significantly worse than had been feared.
We expect the situation to improve from mid-November.
Chalet Ched - Hempstones & Corona
In order to do justice to the current situation around Corona, a possible risk of infection and travel restrictions, we are building our own chalet in Bakhmaro. We use hemp bricks for construction, which on the one hand ensure a pleasant living environment and on the other hand store a lot of CO2. So we do something for the health of our freeriders and at the same time for the health of the environment.
Opening in December 2020.
Corona News #3
Wizzair will start its first flight connections with Georgia in October. The base in Kutaisi will remain closed until summer, but there will be flights from bases in western and northeastern
Europe. For the winter, we expect direct flight connections from Dormund, Riga and Vienna.
A little later than Wizzair, Ryan Air will also start with regular flights again. The Minister of Economic Affairs speaks of an end to the strict restrictions and further opening in the future.
Corona News #3
Unfortunately, the situation is becoming more confusing. Although the number of infections is increasing, the number of problematic disease courses remains low across Europe. Nonetheless, the
individual countries tighten their travel restrictions. So does Georgia. A quarantine of 8 days is currently mandatory upon entry. That makes international tourism practically impossible.
Georgia exceeded the high from April on 08/09/2020 with 45 confirmed infections (with over 3 million inhabitants).
We expect the situation to simplify after the parliamentary elections in October.
We start our booking period on the first of September. Unfortunately, the situation around Corona has not yet stabilized again. But now we have to start making concrete preparations for the
season. The team has already worked a lot during the summer. In Adjara we have revised our alpine hut again and improved it significantly. It will also be available for hikers and mountain bikers
next summer. In Bakhmaro we are building our own small chalet for a group. We will accommodate a maximum of 2 groups in the rented house.
But in September we have to order diesel and store spare parts; Order firewood and bring gas bottles (kitchen) up the mountain. We also need to store drinks and long-life food. That is only possible if we have a rough overview of how many freeriders will come in winter. And last but not least, we need the down payments to cover the expenses.
Lufthansa has been flying from Munich to Tbilisi again since the beginning of August. Wizzair does not currently have a landing permit. Only citizens of 5 countries are allowed to enter: Germany,
France and the three Baltic countries. There are no quarantines or mandatory tests. No change is expected before the parliamentary elections at the end of October. Then we hope for more
The situation in Georgia is very stable. New infections have been in the single-digit or low double-digit range for weeks. Contacts are being closely followed up and outbreaks are nipped in the bud by local quarantines. Internationally, there is a lot of recognition for the achievements in containing the corona epidemic.
We will continue to plan the season as if there was no Corona and we will not give up hope for a powdery season in the lonely Caucasus.
Corona News #2
Despite the current Corona crisis and the associated uncertainty, we are starting to plan for the coming season. When planning and preparing, we take the following assumptions into account:
We plan the season on the basis of these assumptions. However, we can only consider short-term bookings to the extent that we have free capacity.