Bakuriani

Bakuriani

Things to do - general

Located on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range, only three-hour’s drive from Tbilisi, Bakuriani is the place for year-round fun and adventure. The resort sits in a wide volcanic crater at an altitude of 1 700 meter, surrounded by virgin spruce forest that adds curative value to the resort. It is connected by narrow-guage railroad to the valley spa town of Borjomi.

Originally developed as an Olympic training facility Bakuriani is Georgia’s most popular winter sports and recreation destination. Dozens of alpine slopes and cross-country trails offer some of the most spectacular skiing opportunities in Europe.

Newly built hotels, guest houses, and chalets in tasteful settings feature a full range of vacation accommodations at very affordable prices. In Bakuriani the average depth of snow is 60 cm. The skiing season lasts from December till mid April.

Country Georgia
Region Samtskhe - Javakheti
CityBakuriani
Population2700
Languages spokenGeorgian, English, Russian
Phone Code367

Sights

Bakuriani, the great mountain resort of Georgia, is a feast for snow lovers and skiers. It is an internationally known winter sports centre, built to Olympic standards and Novices and children equally enjoy their first winter sports steps in this winter paradise. Off the slopes, one of the most interesting places to visit in Bakuriani is the Botanical Garden, which opened in 1910. Over 1,500 species of plants provide a rich collection of Alpine and Sub-Alpine vegetation.

Skiing

Over a dozen alpine runs and pristine off-trail slopes make Bakuriani a skier’s paradise. Short family-runs are also available. The highest mountain of the resort used for skiing is called mount Kokhta 2. It stands at around 2 255 meters above sea level. Here the ski-track is of average difficulty (red). The length equals to 1 800 meters.

Another high mountain of the resort is Kokhtagora, that is located at an altitude of 2 155 meters. Ski-tracks of average difficult and difficult level are located here (two black and one red). The “25 meter trail” is a favorite place of beginner skiers and children for skiing and tobogganing.

The Kokhtamountain and Didveli ski-runs are superb, while the region as a whole carries the best cross-country skiing in Georgia.

Snowmobiles & Sledges

The hills and valleys around Bakuriani are ideal for snowmobiling. They can be rented nearly anywhere. Bakuriani has several hire centers, for both single and double-seat snowmobiles. The open hills offer deep snow and almost unlimited scope for adventure. Snowmobile hunting or ice fishing trips can also be arranged.

Prefer to get around the old-fashioned way? Horse-drawn sledges are the traditional mode of winter transportation in Bakuriani. For a real treat take a romantic sledge ride around the resort.

Ice Skating

Skating is another great pastime in Bakuriani. The valley offers a variety of opportunities, including in Bakuriani Park and in the gardens of the Hotel “Edem”.

Cabel Ways

Two cable-ways operate on Didveli. First, a gondola ski-lift takes you up to the slope of Mount Sakvelo, where ski tracks of easy and medium difficulty begin. The length equals 3 800 m. At the upper station of the gondola ski-lift the lower station of a chairlift is located. This route will take the visitors onto the tip of a much difficult, very steep ski track, almost near the peak of mount Sakvelo.

Kokhtagora is served by two-seat cable-ways and two tow-ways (so called Bugel). The Bugels are located in parallel to the chair cable-way, alongside the easy section of the Kokhtagora track to the right and to the left.

Park

The park is located in the centre of Bakuriani and is easily accessible for the vacationers. Here, near the ice rink, skiers are served by two tow-ways: the shorter one takes the skiers to the easy (blue) track, while the other reaching the top of the slope serves the difficult (black) track. Both of the tracks are quite short in length. In the park visitors can also enjoy driving snowmobiles. The park offers different attractions, especially for children.

Activities

Bakuriani, the great mountain resort of Georgia, is a feast for snow lovers and skiers. It is an internationally known winter sports centre, built to Olympic standards and Novices and children equally enjoy their first winter sports steps in this winter paradise. Off the slopes, one of the most interesting places to visit in Bakuriani is the Botanical Garden, which opened in 1910. Over 1,500 species of plants provide a rich collection of Alpine and Sub-Alpine vegetation.

Sleeping & Eating

In the ski season almost every house in Bakuriani has rooms to let, for as little as 20 GEL per person. Many guesthouses and small and large hotels are scattered around the centre, up Aghmashenebeli, and along a ring road leading out to Kokhta Gora. Many close outside the ski season though plenty are open in July and August. The following are all smaller establishments with a friendly welcome.

Culture and history info

Thirty kilometres up a winding road through pineclad hills southeast of Borjomi, Bakuriani is the cheaper and more locally popular and family-oriented of Georgia’s two main ski resorts. Bakuriani has a mountain village atmosphere and the area is also good for mountain walks in summer.

Approaching the centre of town from Borjomi, you’ll turn right (south) up the main street, Tavisupleba. After 500m Tamar Mepe turns right to the bus station, 120m away, and Tavisupleba continues as Aghmashenebeli. There’s an informative Tourism Information Centre at this corner, with internet available and a good map for sale showing day walks.

The ski season usually lasts from mid December to late March. The main runs are Didveli, 1.8km long with a cable car (5 GEL), on the south side of town, and Kokhta Gora on the east side, 1.2km long with a chairlift, which was due to reopen for the 2012 season after modernisation. The Otsdakhutmetriani beginners’ slopes, with toboggan as well as ski runs, are closer to the centre. Ski- or snowboard-gear rental costs 15 to 25 GEL per day at the lifts, but you can get older gear for around 8 GEL in town. Snowboards may be in short supply. Taxis to the lifts (8 GEL to Didveli) have ski racks. Instruction costs around 20 GEL per hour.

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