SPEND 10 DAYS CHASING POWDER IN THE FORMER SOVIET STATE OF GEORGIA

Join us as we road trip through a land of endless mountain ranges, valleys and medieval villages unspoilt from modern tourism. Georgia is one of the safest countries in Europe and stays with you long after you visit because of the natural beauty, culture and the insanely good snowboarding and skiing.

In 2021, we’re excited to head back for another incredible ski and snowboard adventure checking out a couple of the best resorts in Georgia including Gudauri and Bakuriani. Both regions offer everything from high alpine peaks, big open bowls, tree runs and wide slopes of pristine, light, dry untracked powder.

The tour is hosted by our Georgian based backcountry snowboard guide who is on-hand to show you the best of each resort using his local knowledge to unlock zones that are beyond the reach of most visitors. For those willing to explore further than the ski area boundaries, there’s splitboard or ski tour options available using additional local guides.

No trip to Georgia is complete without experiencing the cultural and culinary highlights of Tblisi. We spend our final day in the city where you’ll get to experience the famous sulphur baths, explore the local markets and finish off with wine tasting and a traditional Georgian feast.

Dates

31 January - 09 February, 2021

Guest to Guide Ratio

6 guests : 1 guide

Price

EUR 1,850 per person

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Tour Type

Freeride - comfortably ski and ride powder, steeps and trees

Why Travel With Mint

In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.

Highlights

Freeriding in Bakuriani

Bakuriani is nestled in the shadows of the stunning Caucasus Mountains and on a powder day boasts some of the best tree riding in Europe with none of the typical European resort lift lines.

Highlights

Freeriding in Gudauri

Gudauri is the largest ski resort in Georgia with well-developed infrastructure and unlimited possibilities for freeride and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The highest lift takes you to a breathtaking 3307m.

Highlights

Meeting the locals

Having our local guides on-hand means you'll always be immersed in the authentic Georgian way of life from stopping off for a roadside kachapuri, sampling a fine Saperavi or learning about Georgian folklore.

Georgia Powder Road Trip

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ABOUT GEORGIA

Georgia is a small country situated on the crossroad of Europe and Asia. From the south-east it has a border with Azerbaijan, from the south – with Armenia and Turkey, from the north - with Russia. The western part of Georgia is washed by the Black Sea. Tbilisi is a capital of Georgia founded in the fifth century.

ABOUT GUDAURI

We spend 4 nights and 3 days exploring Gudauri. The resort is located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. The resort is situated in the Kazbegi region near the Cross Pass. The lifts network starts at 1,992 m and reaches an altitude of 3,276 m at its highest top station.

ABOUT BAKURIANI

We spend 4 nights and 3 days exploring the 3 resorts of Bakuriani – Didveli, Kokhta and Mitarbi. The 3 resorts are situated on the northern slope of Trialeti Range, at the foot of the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains. The ski areas are situated between the elevations of 1,740 and 2,702 m. Didveli is the largest, highest and and most developed (2702 m), Kokhta is the oldest ski area (2155 m) and Mitarbi is the newest resort (2296 m).

SNOW & CONDITIONS

The Caucasus Mountain Range offers great snow conditions from mid-January until mid-April. The area receives an average of 15 m of snowfall per year. Due to colder temperatures, light and dry powder is most likely to be found in early February to early March. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the altitude and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ride light dry snow days after a storm.

SMALL GROUPS

We offer one of the smallest client to guide ratio’s in the industry which ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best areas a destination can offer. When we are on mountain, our guest to guide ratio is maximum 6 people per guide. This also makes for a more personal experience between our guests and guides.

ACCOMMODATION

We make sure all our guests stay in quality accommodation that’s in the best location. Throughout the tour you’ll stay in 4 star hotels which have great facilities. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single beds and each room has a great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. Breakfasts and dinners are included throughout the tour.

Meet your expert team

LOCAL GUIDES & PARTNERSHIPS

Mint opens doors around the globe. Our long-standing relationships with local guides, local legends, professional athletes, local businesses and resorts allow us special access to places and people. Travelling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of each destination. You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and local guides.

Meet your expert team

Sebastian Czerniawski

Originally from Poland but now living in Gudauri, our lead guide Sebastian has years of backcountry experience splitboarding throughout Georgia and Russia and now runs his own bespoke guiding company. 'Basti' has a passion for not only the mountains but also the history and culture of Georgia.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Tour Inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

 

  • Local English speaking snowboard guide on-hand throughout the tour
  • Private transportation throughout the tour in Mercedes Sprinter van
  • 4 nights twin share accommodation, Gudauri
  • 4 nights twin share accommodation, Bakuriani
  • 1 night twin share accommodation, Tblisi
  • 4 Breakfasts in Gudauri
  • 4 Dinners in Gudauri
  • 4 Breakfasts in Bakuriani
  • 4 Dinners in Bakuriani
  • Farewell dinner in Tbilisi
  • 1 Breafast in Tblisi
  • 3 day lift ticket for Gudauri
  • 3 day lift ticket for Bakuriani
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Hosting & guiding by Mint Tours
Tour Dates

The Georgia Powder Road Trip is 8 nights total. If this isn’t enough time in Europe, then simply book one of our multi-tour combo’s or pre / post tour options. Ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.


WEEK 1     31 January – 09 February, 2021


PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.

FAQ

WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.


WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE


WHAT IS A ROAD TRIP TOUR?
Our Road Trip Tour offers you the best chance to ride a variety of terrain across two very different ski areas in Georgia from parks through to steeps, trees and backcountry runs. Having our own private transportation for the duration of the tour allows us to stopover for cultural visits, souvenir shopping and personal breaks. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of Georgia which gives you the ultimate advantage when your chasing un-tracked snow or looking to challenge yourself. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride anything.


WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.


WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. Your group will be made up mostly of solo travellers. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that Georgia has to offer.


HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. We have a maximum of 6 people on this tour. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder.


IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
This tour is best suited to skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse, hold speed and is adventurous when skiing and snowboarding the entire mountain including side-hits and jumps. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything.


WHICH RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
We visit Gudauri and Bakuriani ski areas in Georgia.


CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.


WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season. If you have a preferred Mint guide, just let us know and we’ll be able to tell you which tours they are leading.


CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.


WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.


HOW CAN I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.


HOW DO I GET TO GEORGIA?
We’ll provide you with information with details on how to get to Tblisi and where to meet your hosts. If it’s your fist time to Europe or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.


HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.


DO YOU TAKE SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS?
Yes! We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note that the majority of our tours are led by snowboard guides.


ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
YES. Lift tickets are provided for both Bakuriani and Gudauri ski areas (3 days at each resort)


CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Georgian resorts like any ski area can experience all kinds of weather depending on the season, with temperatures typically ranging from -2 to -12 celsius in February. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).


WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that Georgia has to offer.

Price and Payment

PRICE PER PERSON
The Georgia Freeride Tour is EUR _____

Please contact us if you would like a quote in your local currency. We can accept payments in USD, AUD, NZD, GBP, CHF, EUR, JPY, CAD.


RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 25% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE

Enquiries and Bookings

If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:

1. ONLINE
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our Georgia Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.

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2. OVER THE PHONE 
Call us and follow the prompts to speak to one of our Georgia Tour specialists.

Within Australia (03) 8563 9437
International +61 (03) 8563 9437

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