The 5th most popular snowboarding destination in Republic Of Georgia.
Monday 3 December 2018 07:02 GMT
West of Tbilisi in the Lesser Caucasus Mountains, the Bakuriani ski resort has 23 pistes totaling 29km that are served by 8 lifts and one funicular. The village of Bakuiani is a mix of old world charm, Soviet-era block structures and new ski chalets. There are traditional window-fronts where older women are selling khachapuri (traditional cheese-filled bread) and plenty of families from Ukrainian, Russian and Georgian descent.
The ski resort is divided into three base areas including Didveli, Kokhta and Mitarbi, which open at 10am daily. The Didveli ski area has 8 pistes totaling 16km that are served by 4 lifts. It has night skiing from 5pm to 9:30pm. The Kokhta ski area reopened in 2016 and has one brand new lift serving two pistes with a maximum vertical descent of 400m. The Mitarbi ski area reopened in 2015 and has three lifts serving seven pistes with a max vertical descent of 400m.
Beware of the local Georgian liquor called chacha. known as Georgian-vodka, it's made from grapes and comes it varying quality from gasoline to smooth. Typically, restaurants will offer it to you gratis after a meal. The Bakuriani ski resort is located about 200km from Tbilisi and is a 2.5 hour drive.
Overall, Bakuriani is the 5th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 5 snowboarding resorts in Republic Of Georgia.