Bakuriani, Georgia’s main ski resort.
It began its history at the end of the 19th century, when this picturesque area aroused the interest of representatives of the Russian Imperial family. Now it is a town in Borjomi municipality in the province of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Claimed the right to host the 2014 winter Olympics
Fresh, aromatic mountain air, stunning views, thick forests promised him to be the winter preserve of high-ranking people. And so it happened. For this purpose, the Borjomi mineral resort and the snowy Bakuriani were connected by a narrow-gauge railway designed by Monsieur Gustave Eiffel, and a small Palace was built.Today it is a family recreation center, where you can go skating, horse riding, Snowmobiling, and explore local attractions.
How to get to Bakuriani?
First, we arrive at Tbilisi airport, where the resort is 170 km away. you can take a bus, taxi or railway, but it is easier and cheaper to take a group transfer. A taxi from the capital will cost about 250 Gel.You can get to Borjomi, and then follow the same “Tsarskaya” narrow-gauge railway up the mountain. Or use local taxis, the trip will cost 45-50 Gel, and the distance is 25 km.
Where to live?
You can stay here in hotels and private homes. Prices from about 60-180l for a simple room with everything you need. A large amount will have to be paid in higher-level hotels. In private cottages, prices start at $ 30 per day and you will have a separate approach.
Bakuriani is located in the subtropics, at an altitude of 1700 m. the Average temperature in January is 6 C. the Weather is windless, thanks to the surrounding mountains, and there are about 220 Sunny days a year. The level of snow cover is 60-70 cm, constantly stable. The season runs from November to March, and the peak month is February. Avalanches are extremely rare here. In calm weather, you can see the Greater Caucasus from here.
The main elevation of the complex is mount kohta. Its at the level of 2200 meters above sea level. the kohta-1 and kohta-2 routes stretch from it. The length of the first one is 1.5 km, which is a two-level track for skiers with experience. The top 500 m of the slope has a slope of up to 53 degrees, and the remaining 1000 m is a red section.
“Kohta-2” is not such a difficult route, its length 3 km. It is also two-level, steep descents alternate sections for quiet skiing. The neighboring Didveli mountain is also being actively developed.
Novice skiers should start with the “Plateau” track, which is 400 m long and has a slope of 11-13 degrees. There are also several easy descents for beginners. There is a chairlift for 2 people, a rope and a Tatra cable car, as well as 3 rope roads for children.
In Bakuriani there are three ski jumps, 50, 70, 90 m high, a sledge route with a length of 1300 m, and a track to The tskhratskaro pass, for runners on skis, 13 km long, to a height of 2790 m. with the help of paragliding, you can see the magnificent landscapes from a bird’s eye view.
What to see?
Bakuriani has a Botanical garden with more than 1000 beautiful plants and a small Romanov Palace. In the surrounding area you can see the beautiful Tabatskuri lake, Timotesubani monastery, Borjomi, mitarbi and Tsagveri mineral resorts. The famous rock town of Vardzia is 50 km away.