Milestones

Season 2015/16

This winter we have explored the freeride potential of different regions in Georgia. At the same time we have collected weather data with our own meteo-station in the Sanalia Bowl (temperature, wind and snowfall).

 

In January, we have already seen the Sanalia Bowl, Goderdzi Pass and Gudauri. In February, we have visited Bakhmaro in the Lower Caucasus and Mestia with Tetnuldi and Hatsvali. In March we added Stepanzminda and Lentechi.

 

So now, we know the Western Lower Caucasus, which gets heavy snowfall, the Svaneti region that is a high alpine region, has spectacular mountains and offers a unique culture inclusive its famous towers. However, the precipitation is less than in the Lower Caucasus. In the east of the Great Caucasus we visited Gudauri an already well developed ski resort in high elevation which is also easily accessible from Tbilisi.

On our way to Bakhmaro, 14/02/2016.
On our way to Bakhmaro, 14/02/2016.

Conclusion of scouting season is that an operation is only realistic in a place which is easily accessible by a fully developed road. The second important finding is that the Lesser Caucasus is indeed recording reliable heavy snowfalls in particular at the beginning of the season. Therefore an earlier season start in December is possible.

The living room in one of the cottages. 02/08/2016.
The living room in one of the cottages. 02/08/2016.

Summer 2016

Based on the experience we opted for Bakhmaro as a place for our test season. Bakhmaro convinced us with good snow conditions and since there does already exist some significant infrastructure, we can do our test-season without any fixed investments.

 

A paved road connects the place in about 2 hours with the international airport in Kutaisi. However, this road is not cleared in the winter.

 

In June, we have received assurances from the Governor of Guria, that he will support a test season with a SnowCat in Bakhmaro. We found two nice cottages, we can rent for the winter.  From now on, we are planning the details ...

 

... the pioneer season will show whether we will have found the perfect location.


A big advantage of this approach is that we could thus establish a first representative office in Georgia. We can gain experience with the realities on site, start cooperation with suppliers and build-up a reliable team. The small scale operation would be also a good foundation to promote powderproject.ch.

High Level Timetable (Draft)
High Level Timetable (Draft)

Season 2016/17

The mountains around Bakhmaro are perfect for CatSkiing. The small mountain village is abandoned in winter and we have all Freedom to explore the slopes around the village.

 

Between December and End of February we offer weeklong trips into this remote mountains.

 

At the end of the season we have two more highlights: Exploring Svanetia and ascending Mt. Kasbeg (5'047m).

Exploring the backside of Gudauri, 10/01/2016.
Exploring the backside of Gudauri, 10/01/2016.

Gudauri, Caucasus, 10/01/2016
Gudauri, Caucasus, 10/01/2016

Season 2017/18

Our medium-term goal is to develop and operate our own small freeride ski area in Georgia. The slopes should contain a vertical drop of at least 900 meters and provide many variations. We will choose the solution which is most convenient and safe. Main focus of our attention is the search for perfect terrain.

 

The more we invest, the more freeriders are required to share the cost. So there is a conflict with the aim to offer the slopes exclusively. We will begin small. Experiences during the first season will show how many freeriders can ride the slopes without getting too busy. Accordingly, we are planning further developments. In the end our vision is untracked powder.

 

Required capital: + 1'000'000,- Euro


Follow-up Tour

In March we did a third trip to Georgia to follow-up on some meetings and get some more information about some locations.
In March we did a third trip to Georgia to follow-up on some meetings and get some more information about some locations.

Team

We are a team of passionate freeriders with experience as ski guides, ski-instructors and tourism experts.
We are a team of passionate freeriders with experience as ski guides, ski-instructors and tourism experts.

Funding

As a group of freeriders we can build  this place together.
As a group of freeriders we can build this place together.

Impact

Local families can earn an income from the project. For the environment, this sustainable tourism approach is not very stressful.
Local families can earn an income from the project. For the environment, this sustainable tourism approach is not very stressful.

News

Learn more about latest developments.
Learn more about latest developments.