Ski resort Gudauri is the newest and the most forward-looking resort in Caucasus and one of the most highland skiing resort in Georgia. It’s located on the southern part of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, 120 km away from Tbilisi. These region has unique natural terrain; it’s situated at an elevation of 2,200 meters with avalanche-safe slopes above the tree line. The slopes in Gudauri offer wide opportunities for skiing; they’re the best in the country for free-riding and heliskiing.
In 19th century, there used to be post office that served as a shelter for the ones traveling from Russia to Georgia. In 1980, Georgian government decided to build second skiing resort after Bakuriani. Climate of Gudauri and its nearness to Tbilisi and Georgian Military road made it the best fit. Since 1980, infrastructure of Gudauri resort started developing slowly, but surely. Firstly, school of ski mountaineering was opened. In 1982, construction of ski runs started, new ski lifts and hotels were built. The resort was opened in 1988. Today there’re 7 lifts and almost 60 km of ski runs designed for skier of any level.
Gudauri ski resort corresponds to the highest standards. Although, Gaudari is a place for winter sports, it doesn’t lose its popularity in the summer. In warmer months, it’s a peaceful escape, from heat and dust of Tbilisi, with picturesque landscapes, greenery, and fresh air tempt people to go there on summer vacation. It’s also a perfect place for the ones who like mountaineering and summer tourism; tourists can try rock climbing, jeep tours, camping, fishing, rafting, and mountain biking.
Some interesting sightseeing places are located 25-30 km away from the resort. There’s Gergeti Trinity Church that was built in 14th century and is a well-loved waypoint for trekkers. There are breathtaking views on Mount Kazbeg from Kazbegi village. Gudauri ski resort have much more to offer than one can imagine that’s why it’s one of the most visited Georgia destinations in the winter.