Freeriding is a trend in Europe but locations are limited and very often overcrowded. Georgia has the potential to fill this gap. In particular the mountains east of Batumi qualify to accommodate a freeride destination because of its beneficial climatic conditions. Precipitation in winter is high and temperatures are low which guarantees perfect powder.
The main idea of the concept is to provide the entire necessary infrastructure for freeriders, including uphill transportation (lifts), accommodation and board (lodge) and the transfer from the airport. Unique is the standardized package for one week of freeriding and the limited capacity of the infrastructure which guarantees an exclusive experience for all freeriders.
In our first scouting tours we visited different places and found an interesting location in the Lower Caucasus. Exposure, altitude and shape of the slopes meet all our requirements.
An important feature of the overall concept is the basic idea to involve freeriders as far as possible. Of exceptional importance is the funding. We want to develop a freeride area together with other freeriders and finance the project accordingly. We approach the freeride community to join the crowdfunding. It is a unique opportunity to participate as partner in developing a freeride ski-area.
Because the concept does address a specialized target group it does not compete with already existing ski resorts in Georgia. Rather powderproject.ch is an enlargement of the Georgian tourism offering in general. It will help putting Georgia on the map of ski tourist from Central and Northern Europe. Overall the concept provides opportunities for investors, skiers and locals. Accordingly all involved stakeholders (freerider, public authorities in Georgia and locals) responded very positively on the concept so far.
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