Bakhmaro is one of the high-altitude tourist resorts in Georgia at around 2,000 meters. Many families from the surrounding area have a hut here and spend some time in the summer in the high valley. There is even a hotel (without heating) and a small number of guesthouses. In winter, Bakhmaro is uninhabited and not accessible.
Because of its snow reliability, Bakhmaro was already planned for a Soviet expansion as a ski resort. In 2007, a feasibility study was prepared by an Austrian consulting company, which emphasized the potential of the place. In spring of 2016, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili again announced the expansion of Bakhmaro into a year-round resort. Currently, a master plan is being developed.
We wanted to be pioneers, so we have offered CatSkiing since Winter 2016/17. We wanted to experience this place before the rush of tourists. Bakhmaro is still very original and most mountains and slopes still have yet to see a skier. It’s a unique experience.
In February 2016, we used a tractor to reach Bakhmaro from Chkhakoura. We were accompanied on our scouting tour by the local chairman, a translator and an armed guard. The ride in deep snow lasted almost the whole day. With our Pistenbully 300 W Polar, we still needed about an hour to reach the remote location.
The SnowCats have heated passenger cabins with 12 seats. The small number of freeriders will shorten waiting times and lead to more downhills. After all, a SnowCat can only set off once everyone has arrived at the meeting point. Short ascents with skins or on foot may be needed to reach certain lines that a SnowCat cannot get to.
With the SnowCat, we are very flexible. We have to be. The high amount of snow in Bakhmaro inevitably means many days of snowfall, and we want to keep the number of down days as low as possible. Nonetheless, there will be days when a safe operation cannot be guaranteed.
We will not rent the two wooden houses from the pioneer season. The problems with water, heat and electricity were just too large.
For the 2017/2018 we have found a better solution that still offers the comfort and simplicity of the cottages, but at the same time is warm and dry. Since the accommodation was decided only shortly before the winter, we call this our Blind Bird Season.
We offer full board with an extensive breakfast, a simple lunch snack and a Georgian dinner. Due to the remote location in the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus, the supply of fresh goods is only partly possible.
For breakfast, there is, next to the obligatory khachapuri, "small chicken" - eggs as omelette or fried eggs, freshly baked bread and honey from local beekeepers. At lunchtime, there will be a simple takeaway snack to maximize ski time during the day. In the evening, Georgian cooking at its best. And, of course, we are looking forward to our BBQ in the snow ...
Wizz Air offers attractive direct flights from various European cities. Due to the very favorable flight connection with Wizz Air from Memmingen and Dortmund, we decided to follow the arrival and departure times of these planes. Transfers to alternative flights can be discussed individually with us.
Optionally, the last night can be spent in Kutaisi. There is also the possibility to extend the stay and to visit Tbilisi or the Greater Caucasus. We are happy to give suggestions and tips.
Due to the weather, there may be adjustments to the travel program. The local conditions, alpine hazards and the composition of the group can also lead to adjustments. The local guide knows the conditions and has a lot of experience in the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus. He makes the relevant decisions locally.
German or English speaking contact person with local knowledge.
The group size is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Depending on the situation, an adjustment of the travel program and thus an adaptation of the services can occur at any time.
Minimum: 8 Freerider
Since September 2016, WIZZ has been flying directly from different European airports to Kutaisi in around 4 hours. The direct flights are available depending on the date and time of booking starting from 200,- €. We have planned the trips so that they can be combined well with the flights from Memmingen. We pick you up at the airport Kutaisi and bring you back to the airport on your departure day.
For our groups we book a guide from the Georgian Mountain Guides Association. We
cooperate with the association since our pioneering season. In individual cases and on request, founder Ingo Schlutius can also lead a group.
Individual appointments can also be booked without guiding. The offer is aimed exclusively at very experienced freeriders with appropriate knowledge. This knowledge must be proven by means of certificates or personal acquaintance.
With a timely booking, it is also possible to book the SnowCat exclusively for a group with or without their own mountain guide. In particular, we want to offer mountain guides an interesting package. We take care of the entire organization and infrastructure and the mountain guide can focus on the essentials: his guests.
Please keep in mind that there must always be a reserve for a safe expedition. We move here in undeveloped
terrain. A support from the outside is practically impossible. We are on our own.
Not existing avalanche safety equipment can be rented on site. We have a small selection of high quality on-site material (Mammut Airbags, Grown Freeride Skis). A timely reservation of the material is necessary because our stock is limited.
Bakhmaro is located about 60 km east of the Black Sea on the north side of the Little Caucasus. The village
lies at the foot of the Meskheti Range culminating in the 2'755 meter high mountain Sakornia.
The modern international airport of Kutaisi (seat of the parliament of Georgia) is approximately 90 km away. The driving time in good conditions is about two hours. The international airport in Batumi can be reached in about 3 hours (135 km).