Guided ski tours

Svaneti Backcountry have been hosting guided ski tours in Svaneti with IFMGA-certified guides since 2013. We have first-hand knowledge of the area, and we aim at combining local history and culture, with epic days in the magnificent mountains in Svaneti, Georgia. If you want more information please see our tour-sites, or contact us for additional information.

Guided tours are perfect for the groups who want to get the most out of the riding, and enjoy the comfort of riding with our experienced guides. Our guides have vast experience from different locations, and they have first-hand knowledge of the area. The guides make the decision of the day based on the snowpack, weather conditions, level of the group, and the best lines.

Tour dates 2019:

Week 4/5: January 25 to February 1

Week 5/6: February 1 to February 8

For other dates please contact us for more information.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi, and sightseeing in the beautiful and well preserved old town. Welcome-dinner in the evening.

Day 2: Transport from Tbilisi to Svaneti. Accommodation at Laleta Guesthouse in Latali. Svan feast with local Svan food, wine and folkmusic in the evening.

Travel to Kutaisi. Met on arrival and transfer by road to Svaneti. The transfer time is between 3-4 hours. Depending on flight times we can undertake a cultural excursion in the Latali area with a visit to a museum or church. After settling into our family guest house ‘Laleta’, the evening will involve a Svan feast with local food, wine and folk music. – See more at: http://mountaintracks.co.uk/trip/georgia-ski-touring#sthash.TvspaGUE.dpuf
Travel to Kutaisi. Met on arrival and transfer by road to Svaneti. The transfer time is between 3-4 hours. Depending on flight times we can undertake a cultural excursion in the Latali area with a visit to a museum or church. After settling into our family guest house ‘Laleta’, the evening will involve a Svan feast with local food, wine and folk music. – See more at: http://mountaintracks.co.uk/trip/georgia-ski-touring#sthash.TvspaGUE.dpuf
Travel to Kutaisi. Met on arrival and transfer by road to Svaneti. The transfer time is between 3-4 hours. Depending on flight times we can undertake a cultural excursion in the Latali area with a visit to a museum or church. After settling into our family guest house ‘Laleta’, the evening will involve a Svan feast with local food, wine and folk music. – See more at: http://mountaintracks.co.uk/trip/georgia-ski-touring#sthash.TvspaGUE.dpuf

Travel to Kutaisi. Met on arrival and transfer by road to Svaneti. The transfer time is between 3-4 hours. Depending on flight times we can undertake a cultural excursion in the Latali area with a visit to a museum or church. After settling into our family guest house ‘Laleta’, the evening will involve a Svan feast with local food, wine and folk music.

- See more at: http://mountaintracks.co.uk/trip/georgia-ski-touring#sthash.TvspaGUE.dpuf

Travel to Kutaisi. Met on arrival and transfer by road to Svaneti. The transfer time is between 3-4 hours. Depending on flight times we can undertake a cultural excursion in the Latali area with a visit to a museum or church. After settling into our family guest house ‘Laleta’, the evening will involve a Svan feast with local food, wine and folk music.

- See more at: http://mountaintracks.co.uk/trip/georgia-ski-touring#sthash.TvspaGUE.dpuf

Day 3: Transport to Ushguli in the morning. This village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offers some amazing skiing in the mountains below Mt. Shkhara, the highest mountain in Georgia. Transport back to Mestia in the afternoon.

Day 4: Lift-based touring at the Tetnuldi-resort. We aim at skiing down to a village called Adishi at the end of the day. This is one of the most unique villages in Svaneti, located at the foot of the majestic Mt Tetnuldi. Guesthouse in Mestia in the afternoon.

Day 5: In the morning we will be transported to the idyllic village of Etseri with genuine accommodation at one of our private host families. Etseri is one of the most beautiful villages in Svaneti and offers some of the best skiing in the area. 

Day 6: Touring from Etseri to Becho over the mountain pass. The tour involves 1,200 vertical meters of skinning, with great views of the Laila Range, Ushba, and the Abkhasian part of the Caucasus. We finish the day by skiing down to the family owned Grand Hotel Ushba in Becho.

Day 7: Touring from Becho to Gol pass. This is the biggest day out during the week, but the altitude is not too severe. This is one of the most beautiful routes in Svaneti, and offers some amazing shredding. Transport to Tbilisi in the afternoon. Hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 8: Depature from Tbilisi airport

Itinerary is subject to change due to weather and snow/road conditions.

Booking and availability:

The tours are open for both individual and group-bookings, and we can host up to 8 persons per tour. The minimum requirement for the tours are 4 persons.

We aim at getting week 4/5 fully booked before we open up the booking for week 5/6.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, or check our FAQ-site for further information

Price:

2690 EUR per person.

Included in the price for our guided tours are:

  • Private roundtrip transportation to airport (Tbilisi)
  • Private roundtrip transportation to ski-villages
  • Accommodation in local guesthouses and hotels in Svaneti
  • 2 traditional Svan meals every day + lunchpack
  • Traditional Svan feast with Svan folkmusic in Latali
  • IFMGA certifies guides
  • Accommodation in Tbilisi

Not included in the price:

  • Airfare to Georgia
  • Visa fees (See our FAQ-site for information about visa)
  • Medical/travel/evacuation insurance
  • Meals in Tbilisi or during transfer to and from Svaneti.

 Requirements

  • Complete touring and avalanche gear. Minimum requirement of avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe
  • Signed waiver of liability
  • Ski, or splitboard experience. Preferably backcountry and touring experience.
  • Minimum 4 persons per group. Maximum 10 persons per group.

Guides

Our IFMGA guides on these tours will be Sigurd Felde, and Ilia Berulava.