Gudauri is known for being the best a resort in Georgia. This is a gorgeous resort with over 50 kilometers of prepared slopes for beginner intermediate and expert skiers. It is the best ski resort in Georgia and is one of the largest with the developed infrastructure with unlimited opportunities for skiing. Ski season in Gudauri begins in late December till the end of April.
Ski passes are much cheaper than many European ski resorts. you can buy the ski pass at the bottom of each ski access lift. These are smart card type pass which you have to scan for opening the lift gates, while returning there is no gate you can directly access the lift.
New Gudauri which is an accommodation Complex with many restaurants, coffee shops and hotels. From new Gudauri you can catch of the gondola up to mountain even further. From there you can catch another gondola which will take you up to the peak of the mountains overlooking Kobi pass.
Gudauri can be thoroughly enjoyed in a day but it is more advisable to stay overnight to experience the nature and snow. here are few things you can do in Gadauri;
Skiing and snowboarding
Gudauri is a ski resort and offer approximately 50 kilometers of prepared slope for all level of skiers from beginners to experts. There are plenty of shops which will rent you Snowboard and ski gears. There is an option for heli-skiing, where the helicopter will take you up to the top of the mountain not accessible by ski lifts and you can ski down.
For children’s there is an opportunity for sledging which they will definitely enjoy. There was a magic carpet at the end of the slope near the gondola station for beginner skiers. Our children used to take their sledge from the carpet then coming down You can easily rent sledge of different sizes from ski rental shops.
If you like paragliding or if you want to do paragliding this is the place to be. Don’t miss the chance to fly above the mountains and get the commanding view of Gudauri. There are many paragliding companies offering tandem paragliding in Gudauri. You can see the representative of the paragliding companies near the lift stations. Each tandem paragliding session last for approximately 10 to 15 minutes and it will cost you around 250 GEL. As this activity is weather dependent so no need to book this in advance.
Near to every lift station there are few snow scooters available you can rent any one of them. Snow scooter generally comes with the rider and they will be with you during the ride. As per them they will take you for a 5 kilometer ride. Each ride lasts for 15 minutes and cost approximately hundred 150 GEL.
Enjoy the nature and surrounding
Gudauri is a ski Resort but it doesn’t mean that it’s only for skiing. People who don’t know skiing can also enjoy their time in Gudauri. For those who don’t want to ski or who don’t know how to ski can play with snow or enjoy the view. Take the cable car and go to the top of mountain to enjoy the panoramic view of Caucasus mountain. The higher, the better the views.
A trip to Kazbegi
If you have a longer stay in Gudauri you can go to Stepantsminda and visit the Gergeti Trinity Church. On the way to Stepantsminda there is a Russian Georgian friendship monument which will offer panoramic view of the Devil’s valley.