Skiing and enjoying the snow at Georgia's winter resorts will be better this year and ever before thanks to a huge effort by the Georgian Government to provide a range of new infrastructure and facilities for guests. The new hotels, entertainment areas and other facilities will ensure Georgia's winter resorts can host increased numbers of visitors.
Mountain infrastructure becomes more attractive for upcoming season. Construction of the Mestia-Hatsvali chairlift, which started in the summer of 2017, will be completed by the end of the year. It is very important project for locals as lift will connect center of village and ski area. The open-top 6 seated chairlift, which will be stretched along 1 200 meters is designed by the world’s leading manufacturer of ski lifts as Doppelmayr.
Small sized ski lifts will be installed in villages of Svaneti: Mazeri, Etseri, Ushkhvanari, Lentekhi and Ushguli, project will help to increase popularity of winter sports in communities.
First time in history of Bakuriani ski resort, Kokhta – Mitarbi ski areas will be connected to each other. Mitarbi ski area gets extra widen new ski slopes for upcoming season.
Mestia, Bakuriani and Gudauri ski resorts will have new public toilettes and ski patrol buildings. Visitors of Bakuriani can visit cinema “Didveli” and get the latest information regarding the resort (ski lifts status, snow conditions etc).
Construction of six new hotel are underway in Goderdzi, which will increase the capacity of the resort by 435 beds. 80 ml. GEL was invested in above-mentioned six hotels.
One of the largest and most dynamic hotel groups worldwide, Carlson Rezidor, is expanding its hotel presence in Georgia by opening the first five-star hotel in the country's winter resort of Gudauri. In partnership with local Real Estate Development Company (Red-Co), Carlson Rezidor will open the Radisson Blu Gudauri hotel in 2018, simultaneously developing the winter resort and making it more attractive for potential tourists. Red-Co and Carlson Rezidor signed a cooperation agreement in February of 2016, which called for a $15 million investment from Red-Co to open a 105-room hotel featuring a restaurant, spa and swimming pools.
This week the Vice President of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group David Jenkins arrived in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi to observe the Radisson Blu Gudauri development process. While in Tbilisi Jenkins met Georgia’s deputy Economy Minister Ketevan Bochorishvili and discussed further investment potential in Georgia’s mountainous areas. After the meeting officials travelled to Gudauri, where Jenkins visited the construction site of the Radisson Blu Gudauri hotel. The hotel is located at the base of the Gudauri ski gondola.
Gudauri is 120km north of Tbilisi or a 2 two hour car-ride away. The winter resort offers slopes for both beginner and expert skiers snowboarders. The slopes of Gudauri are completely above the treeline, favourable for free-riders and are generally considered to be avalanche-safe. Extreme sports fans can also enjoy heli-skiing in Gudauri. The ski season lasts from December to April.