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Bakuriani Ski Resort – Travel Guide

                             The Best Family-friendly and budget Bakuriani Ski Resort

Skiing in Georgia is much more rewarding and cheaper than you would expect. There are dozens of ski resorts in this mountainous country, countless ski slopes, snowshoeing trails, and ski touring tracks.  

While there are five different ski resorts in Georgia, some stand out from the rest. Bakuriani Ski resort offers more affordable skiing than the sometimes overhyped and overcrowded resorts such as Gudauri Ski resort. In terms of pure quality, nature and comfort, it can compete with Gudauri Ski resort.

Bakuriani ski resort is the most family-friendly ski resort in Georgia. It has different difficult ski slopes and is an ideal destination for people who are beginners or would like to learn skiing or snowboarding.  Bakuriani offers also many other snow activities. If you have kids who want to do something than skiing, you have plenty of options here. You and your children can try sledding, snow mobiles, or horse riding

Bakuriani Ski Resort - Didveli

                                                     How to get to Bakuriani 

Bakuriani is located in 180 km from the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi, and 205 km from the second biggest city – Kutaisi. Both cities have an international airport with multiple direct flights to European cities and Middle East’s countries.  The ski resort is located at 2000m and the ski season starts usually on December 20 and lasts till mid-April.

Public mini-buses (Marshutka) from Tbilisi run from the Didube bus station from 08:00 till the afternoon. The central bus station in Bakuriani is in the center of the town.  The major bus stop (central station) is located in the town center here. The ticket costs 15 GEL (6 USD) one way.

You can also rent a car in Tbilisi or Kutaisi and drive to Bakuriani. Make sure that the car has winter tires and snow chains. Even though the road to Gudauri is often cleaned by the road department of Georgia, we still recommend choosing 4X4 cars in case of big snow coming.

Tbilisi to Bakuriani

A private car or Taxi is the easiest but the most expensive choice for you.   You can book these services before you come to Georgia, or when you arrive. The costs vary from 40 USD to 150 USD depending on the car and service.  For better service and cars, you can rent a private car with a driver.   We offer private transfers to Bakuriani Ski resorts. Prices vary from 80 USD to 140 USD depending on the car and the date. If you want to book private transportation, please contact us here.

                                        Bakuriani Ski Tracks and Snow Conditions

Bakuriani offers 5 ski tracks and 23 ski different traces.  These ski traces are different difficulties from very beginners to expert levels. 

Bakuriani Ski tracks

                                       The major ski tracks in Bakuriani

  • Twenty-five: This is ideal for people who never skied before. It is a small snow park and offers small ski trails for kids and beginners. However, because it is short and easy, you can practice your very first skills here.
Bakuriani Ski Resort - Twenty Fives Ski
  • Didveli 1 : eight-seat, Gondola. This trace is also very good for beginners who are trying to improve their ski skills.
  • Didveli Nodo: eight-seat, Gondola.  The beginning and end is the same as Didveli 1 ski trace, but this trace is more difficult with some challenging drops. After Didveli 1 would be already easy for you, then you can try to Didveli Nodo ski trace. On weekends, you can enjoy night skiing on this trace. 
  • Didveli Deka & Didveli Panorama Traces : eight-seat, closed and open type.  This is the second station of Didveli where an already black, difficult trace starts. You need to be above intermediate to ski here comfortably. 
Bakuriani Ski Resort
  • Kokhta – six-seats, high speed chairlift (detachable) with bubble. Kokhta 1 and Kokhta 2 are already for intermidate and advanced skiers. Here base station is at 1720, and the top station at 2157 with a vertical drop of 432.
  • Mitarbi – six and four-seats, high speed chairlift. Mitarbi is the longest ski trace in Bakuriani. The total length of the tracks is 10 km. Resort Mitarbi is connected to Kokhta Resort by cableway. Mitarbi traces are for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Kokhta-Mitarbi Ski Tracks

Some Tips:

Didveli and Mitarbi often are closed due to the strong winds. You can check whether they are open or not with a management company – M.T.A. Bakuriani’s Facebook page. They updated the information every morning.

                                      Ski Pass Price List – 2023 Season

Bakuriani Ski Pass Price List

                                                   Ski Rental in Bakuriani

You can rent ski equipment in Bakuriani. There are numerous ski rental places in both old Gudauri, and New Gudauri.  Prices depend on the type of skis/snowboards. The average prices are between 40 til 80 GEL  (12-25 USD) for a pair of skis and boots per day. You can rent it cheaper in the town than at the entrance of the ski stations.

Ski rentals also offer ski clothes, however, sometimes, especially on big holidays and Weekends, the choice is very limited. If you want to make sure that you get appropriate clothes, you can rent them in Tbilisi. Mplus, Burosport are good places for renting or buying ski clothes.

                                                      Ski Instructor in Bakuriani

Bakuriani is a relatively large town, and practically everyone knows how to ski. The locals are working as ski teachers at very good prices. If you are a beginner, then you can choose easily ski teachers. You can ask the ski rental shops and they will provide information and contact for their ski instructors.

However, if you want to get English speaking ski instructor, it could be challenging.    This is why we strongly recommend getting a ski instructor beforehand if you decide to learn or improve your ski level at Bakuriani ski resort. You can contact us beforehand, and we will find a suitable English-speaking instructor for you.  

Ski Instructor in Bakuriani

                                 Accommodation & Food in Bakuriani

You can find easily your preferred accommodation in Bakuriani.  Most hotels and apartments are located nearby of ski lifts. However, you can choose your accommodation place according to your desired skiing areas. The best hotels are Rooms Hotel Kokhta, and Crystal Palace Hotel. The rest hotels are 3-star hotels and guesthouses. They are all basic with comfortable rooms, and good food.

Recommended restaurants are Restaurant Kokhta Bakuriani, Mimino, and Sazandari.

                                                     What to do in Bakuriani 

Do you plan to spend some time in Bakuriani, but wondering what to do in Bakuriani in winter times?  First of all, lucky you.  Aside from skiing, Bakuriani offers beautiful nature and lots of things to do there. Find out about the best activities to do in Bakuriani in winter times.

Horse Riding in Bakuriani

If you have kids, or you want to try short horse riding, then you can try it in Bakuriani. Horse riding is cheap and very rewarding. However, make sure that you do at least 2-hour horse riding outside of the city or in a quiet neighborhood.

Winter Hiking Bakuriani

Hiking isn’t just for summer. If you prefer to be on your feet rather than skis, consider a winter hike and snowshoeing. This is a great way to experience Bakuriani in December, January, February,  March, or even early April. 

winter hike in Borjomi kharagauli national park

Snowshoeing in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Another great winter hike near Bakuriani is Borjomi-Kharagauli National park. You can do snowshoeing for 2 or 3 days in the national park, overnight at the basic shelter, and explore the Caucasus mountains wilderness. The options of snowshoe hiking in and around Bakuriani and Borjomi are endless. Your winter hike will give you a chance to really explore the natural beauty of the area.

You can hike by yourself to these places, or book guided winter hikes with us. We organize snowshoeing tours and winter hikes in Bakuriani and Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.

winter hike in georgia

Snow Mobiles in Bakuriani/ Bug Tour Riding to Tabatskhuri Lake

Other outdoor activities that you can enjoy in Bakuriani are definitely Quadro/bug rides. You can do a short quadro bike in Bakuriani for 30 minutes, or 1 hour, or take a long trip outside of Bakuriani.

One of the best destinations in the Bakuriani area is one-day Quadro trips to Tabatskuri Lake. The lake is located at 2000m and in winter times it is frozen. The driving distance from Bakuriani to Tabatskuri lake is 25 km one way. The way is off-road, and is possibly only by quadro bikes in winter times.

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