Georgia offers incredible experiences all year long, and winter is no exception. Traveling to Georgia in winter can be equally enjoyable as a family, solo traveller or with a group of friends.
Start your winter tour by exploring the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. The temperature rarely falls below zero and the city remains vibrant year-round. Warm up at the famous sulphur bath houses on a chilly winter day or indulge in hot khachapuri in a cozy restaurant, surrounded by the lively tones of Georgian traditional songs and the boisterous voices of friendly local people. Fascinating museums and art galleries, theatres and an opera house staging world famous productions all provide hours of indoor entertainment.
Outside the capital, Georgia is home to several world-class ski resorts: Gudauri, Bakuriani, Mitarbi, Goderdzi, Mestia-Hatsvali and Tetnuldi, each of which offers unique skiing experiences from early December to late March.
In Gudauri you can find a well-developed infrastructure, the greatest difference in altitude and unlimited possibilities for freeride, back country (ski touring) and heli-skiing. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the hot juices of delicious mountain khinkali and steaming coffee await you in this gorgeous mountain setting.
Bakuriani is the ideal place for a family vacation. The resort can be reached on a lovely little train called “Kukushka” (Little Cuckoo), a historical train which winds through beautiful mountain landscapes all the way from Borjomi. Apart from skiing, Bakuriani offers tobogganing, ice skating, snowmobile rentals and children’s parks, plus cafes, restaurants and a theater.
Close to Bakuriani is Mitarbi ski resort, another beautiful destination which offers the ideal ski slopes for experienced skiers looking for speed, risk and exhilarating downhill rides.
In Adjara Region you can combine sightseeing in the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi with skiing amidst the pristine nature at Goderdzi Ski Resort, located a two hours’ drive from the city. Or, use a Georgia travel guide to discover medieval historical monuments in mountainous Khulo, known for its delicious food, remote villages and gorgeous landscapes.
One of the most beautiful regions of Georgia is Svaneti, referred to as the Kingdom of a Thousand Towers. Svaneti remains popular in winter with its two ski resorts, Hatsvali and Tetnuldi. From an altitude of 2340 meters, enjoy views of the Caucasus’ Ushba and Tetnuldi peaks as you ski and eat Svaneti’s famous kubdari meat pies.
Apart from skiing, Georgia in winter offers plenty of cultural experiences: learn about 8000-year-old winemaking traditions in Kakheti Region; fall in love in Signaghi, “The City of Love”; trace down the mysterious Colchis Kingdom in modern-day Imereti Region, or discover cultural monuments and diverse nature in Racha.