Nestled on the western slopes of the Trialeti mountains in East Georgia, Bakuriani Ski Resort stands as an alluring destination not just during winter, but in every season. Unlike Gudauri, Bakuriani boasts lush coniferous forests that infuse the area with a delightful aroma, creating an ideal setting for relaxation and leisure in the summer months. The region experiences a transitional climate from humid maritime to relatively humid continental. Winters are cold, characterized by substantial snowfall, while summers tend to be brief. With an average annual temperature of 4.3 degrees Celsius, Bakuriani's snow cover lasts for 4-5 months.
The renowned 37-kilometer Borjomi-Bakuriani narrow-gauge railway, affectionately known as the "Kukushka," connects Bakuriani to the nearby Borjomi resort. The charming train journey meanders through forests while gradually ascending, earning the famous Kukushka train intangible cultural heritage status.
Bakuriani stands as one of the region's most popular mountain resorts, a haven for ski enthusiasts and an internationally recognized winter sports center meeting Olympic standards. In the 1970s and 1980s, Bakuriani served as a training base for the ski mountaineering Olympic national team of the Soviet Union. It hosted various celebrated Soviet skiers and numerous ski-related events such as slalom, bobsleigh, biathlon, and skiflying.
Initially established during Soviet times to prepare for Winter Olympics, Bakuriani's infrastructure has since been extensively renovated, transforming it into one of Georgia's most appealing ski resorts. Presently, the resort boasts 23 ski pistes spanning 29.1 kilometers, equipped with artificial snow-making systems and catering to skiers of all levels – from beginners to experts. Eight lifts and one funicular operate from 10 am to 5 pm, serving guests throughout the day.
Bakuriani attracts a multitude of international athletes seeking to hone their skills, making it an excellent venue for children to experience winter sports for the first time. Its family-friendly environment makes it an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. The resort offers a diverse range of activities, including ropeways, ski jumps, cross-country skiing, night skiing, horseback rides, horse-drawn sledges, and snowmobile adventures. The surrounding mountains also provide ample opportunities for challenging and scenic mountain excursions.
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Bakuriani ski areas are called Didveli and Kokhta-Mitarbi.
Didveli skiing zone offers 8 ski pistes with total length of 16 kilometers. Tracks are prepared with artificial Snow-making systems and focused on for all skiers. Slopes are divided according to the levels of difficulty, such as beginners, intermediate, advanced, expert. 3 ski lifts and 1 funicular are opened from 10 am to 5 pm to serve guests. Night skiing is accessible from 17:00 pm until 21:30 pm.
New life has begun in the resort in 2016, when Kokhta was officially launched after a 30-year break.
New ski lift was installed with total length 1649 m and capacity - 1800 p/hour. Bottom station is located 1725 meters above level and a top station on 2157 meters above sea level. Currently, intermediate and advanced ski pistes are available and the total length of ski pistes is 3.1 km.
Mitarbi mountain resort is located four kilometers away from the Bakuriani winter resort.
Three new ski lifts have already been built at Mitarbi. It is allowing tourists and visitors to travel 2,300m above sea level.
Mitarbi I Sixpack Chairlift Detachable
Length - 1255 m|Capacity - 1800 Person per hour|Bottom Station - 1641 m|Top Station -2006 m
Mitarbi II - Quad Chairlift Fixed Grip
Length - 900 m|Capacity - 1400 Person per hour |Bottom Station - 1999 m| Top Station -2207 m
Mitarbi III – J-Bar
Length - 185 m|Capacity – 800 Person per hour |Bottom Station - 1800 m |Top Station -1920 m
Currently Mitarbi skiing area offers 11 ski tracks with the following types: intermediate, advances and expert. The total length of the tracks is 10 km.
Recommended Hotels in Bakuriani:
Bakuriani Inn 5 *
Bakuriani Inn is a 5-star luxury hotel in Bakuriani. The hotel has its own 25,000sq.m. yard with hundreds of century old pine trees, 500-meter walking and cycling track, private parking and children’s playground.
The hotel is adapted for people with disabilities.
Bakuriani Inn features two restaurants, one wine bar, one whiskey bar, winter garden, conference hall, and game room with wide range of games from professional billiards to X-box.
The hotel spa center is a popular area for both relaxation and fun. It features one pool, two Jacuzzis, small pool for children, a gym, beauty salon, Finnish sauna, steam room and massage rooms.
Didveli ski resort is 2,5 miles away from the hotel.
BM Plaza Bakuriani 4*
BM Plaza in Bakuriani is a 4-star hotel with ski-to-door access, a garden and a bar. Among the various facilities are a restaurant and ski storage space. Dedicated conference facilities for up to 50 persons and an entertaining room for children
The Terrace Restaurant and Bar features open-kitchen, stylish setting with inventive Georgian-European dishes. Dishes prepared for Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal and special dietary requirements.
Crystal Spa Bakuriani 4*
Crystal Hotel and Spa is a 4-star hotel. Located within walking distance of Didveli funicular railway outside of village and is surrounded with mountains and forests.
In crystal park, you will find: Ski-lifts and slopes (up to 2500 meters) 350 meter slopes for children Skiing instructors snow Tubing Ice rink Shop with skiing accessories Park.
Guests can enjoy in Spa Center: Swimming pools for both children and adults, Jacuzzi, Finnish sauna and Turkish Hamam, Fitness center and of course spa procedures with a beauty saloon as an addition.
Snow Plaza 4*
Snow Plaza is a 4-star hotel. Located in Georgian "Winter Capital" Bakuriani, in the heart of Bakuriani with beautiful views. Central location of the hotel is one from its dignities!
The hotel features a Spa centre, a sauna, an indoor swimming pool, billiards and a gym. The accommodation offers a children's playground.
King David Bakuriani 4*
King David Bakuriani is a 4-star hotel. Located in Bakuriani, 500 m from the center. It is walking distance to beginners ski slopes.
Hotel King David Bakuriani has a terrace and a restaurant.
Driving distance: from Tbilisi airport is 200 km (3 h); from Tbilisi railway station 181 km (2 h 37 min); from Kutaisi airport 175 km (3 h 11 min); from Batumi airport 304 km (5 h 39 min);
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