Georgia is a country in transformation. The GNP is 3'918,-USD per head (IMF, 2015). In Switzerland as comparison the GNP per head is 78'432,-CHF (2014). Tourism offers one of the very rare chances to provide employment and to support development in remote mountainous regions. powderproject.ch will have various positive effects:
One principle of the approach is to source locally. Beside local employment it is planned to use locally produced goods as far as possible. That includes milk and dairy products, vegetables and fruits and honey produced directly on the mountain. As locals live on subsistence production the additional demand would provide a great opportunity for local farmers to earn a small income. We will track the effects and provide a summery on this page.
A recent study on behalf of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Tourismuswirtschaft financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) points out the positive direct, indirect and induced effects of tourism for developing countries and emerging economies.
Sustainability is an omnipresent requirement in developing a business, in particular in tourism, and represents an important issue of the approach of powderproject.ch. The motto “back to the roots of skiing” and the small seize guarantees a low impact. The entire operation is depending on natural conditions. Landscape is seen as given and no modifications are planned (no forest clearance, no basins for snow making, etc.). Because no grooming and no technical snow making is needed the use of energy will be comparably low. In addition the energy-mix in Georgia consist of more than 95% hydropower. We value the project as contribution to a slow tourism approach.
The long journey from Central Europe to Georgia is a questionable issue in the approach. However, powderproject.ch is planned as an alternative to Japanese and Canadian ski-areas, which implies an even longer flight for European freeriders.
Do not get us wrong. powderproject.ch is a project to find untracked powder. But when we are able to do something good, we try to do so and try to increase the effect. When the effect is not good (sewerage, waste, etc.) we try to avoid it or minimise it.
To improve our sustainable approach further we are keen to learn more from our supporter community, friends and locals.