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  1. #26
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    TR: Gudauri Ski Resort, Georgia (January 2016)

    Mike your ski adventures to the less traveled spots are inspiring for sure.

    Big Daddy- I am trying to swing CO or CA and couch space. Georgia is not in the cards, maybe in the future. But always stoked to ski with you bud if winter swings back around here
    Last edited by thin cover; 02-05-2016 at 08:38 PM.

  2. #27
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    wow - what a treat this was

  3. #28
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    Thanks thin cover and LeeLau.

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    SATURDAY 30 JANUARY 2016

    My final day skiing at Gudauri, and got the skins out and explored the terrain from the summit of Mt Sadzele and the Sadzele chair.

    The trail map is quite confusing in that there are two Mt Sadzeles and two Mt Bidaras

    Gudauri Ski Resort Trail Map





    While I was waiting for the shuttle to take me from Hotel Alpina to the gondola, the piste basher pulled into the car park and two Georgians staying at the hotel hopped on for a lift to the lift. One of them called me over and I was on too

    Took the Soliko chair to Kudebi chair to the Sadzele Chair and about 30 mins later I was standing on the first summit of Mt Sadzele (3279m).

    I traversed and skinned round to the second summit of Mt Sadzele (3307m) which afforded me spectacular views of the ski area and the north facing terrain which dropped down to the highway.

    As I was tavelling solo I skied the terrain that fed back into the resort.

    Inside World





    Then did laps into Kobi Pass finishing with the 1200 vertical metre run from the top back to Hotel Alpina.

    Top of the Sadzele chairlift









    View from Mt Sadzele (3307m)

















    Kazbegi (5047m) from Mt Sadzele (3307m)





    The Sadzele 'bowl' from Mt Kudebi






    Lines off Mt Sadzele (3307m)





    Avalanche debris off Mt Sadzele (3279m)





    Lines from Kobi Pass





    Mt Bidara (3011m) and Mt Bidara (3174m) from Kobi Pass





    Looking at the lines from Kobi Pass past Mt Bidara (3011m) and down to the highway at Bidara





    We had dinner at Hotel Alpina and left the resort at midnight for the 2 1/2 hr drive to Tbilisi Airport for our 5.35 am flight back to the UK.

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    SUMMARY

    We had a ball on our 10-day trip to Gudauri Ski Resort - 2 days travel, 8 days in resort - and can't recommend it highly enough.

    It's not for everyone, but for those with a sense of adventure who aren't looking for hundreds of kms of piste skiing and a huge apres scene then it ticks just about all the boxes.

    It's a high altitude resort with consistent snow cover and regular snowfall - ~ 10m per season. We had over 1m during our stay.

    Wide variety of pisted terrain, which was deserted during our visit.

    Unlimited off-piste terrain suitable for all ability levels.

    Approx. 1200m vertical

    Amazing scenery.

    Wide variety of accommodation at all price points.

    Plenty of restaurants and bars on mountain and for apres & dinner.

    Great food.

    Very welcoming people.

    Unbelievabe value for money.


    Our Costs

    Bus from Cardiff to London Gatwick airport 72.00 (booking earlier in advance could halve this cost)
    Flight 292.15 (booking earlier in advance, flights can be picked up for 230.00)
    Return transfer aiport to Hotel Alpina 62.50
    9-nights B&B Accommodation at Hotel Alpina 200.00
    Lift Pass 76.12 for a 10-day pass which could be used at Bakuriana (could have got an 8-day Gudauri pass for 54.50)
    Food & drink 250.00

    Total 952.77 / 1230 euros / US$1370 / AUD$ 1936 for 10 days (8 days skiing)

    To convert to your currency please use this link
    http://www.xe.com/

  6. #31
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    Awesome TR and thanks for all the details. Looks like an very cool trip, another one to add to my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    Awesome TR and thanks for all the details. Looks like an very cool trip, another one to add to my list.
    Thanks. My pleasure.

    Four other resorts in Georgia. Would make a great 2-week road trip.

    http://www.skigeorgia.ge/


    Plus there's Tsakhkadzor in Armenia which isn't too far a drive.

    http://www.winterarmenia.com/index.php


    And Cheget and Elbrus, Russia are just round the corner from the Svaneti resorts. Although you do need a visa for Russia.





    Amazing possibilities in the area.
    Last edited by Mike Pow; 02-09-2016 at 05:00 AM.

  8. #33
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    Holy crap! Nice TR Mike, Georgia on the list now...
    I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.
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  9. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by garyfromterrace View Post
    Holy crap! Nice TR Mike, Georgia on the list now...
    Cheers.

    Yep, it's top notch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Pow View Post
    Thanks. My pleasure.

    Four other resorts in Georgia. Would make a great 2-week road trip.

    http://www.skigeorgia.ge/


    Plus there's Tsakhkadzor in Armenia which isn't too far a drive.

    http://www.winterarmenia.com/index.php


    And Cheget and Elbrus, Russia are just round the corner from the Svaneti resorts. Although you do need a visa for Russia.





    Amazing possibilities in the area.
    Hey Mike, you sure do get around. I've heard awesome things about Georgia(especially the BC) that your trip has confirmed.
    Former Eastern Bloc chic may be the way to go in the future with the huge bang for the buck.
    Where do I sign up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigasshair View Post
    Hey Mike, you sure do get around. I've heard awesome things about Georgia(especially the BC) that your trip has confirmed.
    Former Eastern Bloc chic may be the way to go in the future with the huge bang for the buck.
    Where do I sign up?
    Do my best

    Skied Popova Shapka, Macedonia; Brezovica, Kosovo; Saving Kuk & Kolasin, Montenegro; and Gudauri, Georgia.

    All excellent. All different. All amazing value for money.

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    gorgeous

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    Are the pocket rockets Mike D's or the lifty's?
    Just kidding
    Great TR, Mike P!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyeaster View Post
    gorgeous
    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post

    Are the pocket rockets Mike D's or the lifty's?
    Just kidding
    Great TR, Mike P!!
    Ha ha.

    Cheers.

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    mmmm, looks delicious! Sweet TR!
    I'm sold. Jump over the ridge on next years Russia lap.

    Elbrus area is very similar - affordable, unlimited terrain options, low crowds, nice people.
    As Mike said, Russian Visa req'd .. You may also need a 'Border Area Permit' from the FSB, depending on the off-piste lines you fancy (needed in advance), and registering with the Rescue Service is well advised if you're venturing up Elbrus or out to any of the committing lines.

    Thanks for the TR!

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    My pleasure.

    Combo trip would be awesome.

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    all the picture links don't work for me..

    Great TR though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grskier View Post
    all the picture links don't work for me..

    Great TR though.
    Thanks.

    Fucking Facebook. They keep changing their links. Bastards

    Try this please

    https://www.facebook.com/mike.richar...6688623&type=3

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    good stuff in here, thanks, needing beta for my trip there in late February. My cousin works at the embassy in Tbilisi, so I I figured I'd better get my cheesy ass over there before he goes somewhere else. definitely plan on splitting about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheezDick View Post
    good stuff in here, thanks, needing beta for my trip there in late February. My cousin works at the embassy in Tbilisi, so I I figured I'd better get my cheesy ass over there before he goes somewhere else. definitely plan on splitting about.
    My pleasure.

    Great fun to be had in Georgia.

    They've had a great start to the winter too

    Wednesday 07 December 2016

    Last edited by Mike Pow; 12-09-2016 at 09:04 AM.

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    Photos not showing up, looks like you have facebook hosting them and it is returning a "URL signature expired"?

    edit: just noticed post above.

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    Georgia on the list now...

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