Ski Tour / Svaneti Region

Tour Duration: 7 Days
Location: Georgia , Svaneti region
Season: January - March

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Heliski
Heliski / Kazbegi Region

There, where Asia meets Europe, we offer an extraordinary program with great new dimensions. The vast open spaces of the Caucasus Mountains will captivate you. More, you are assured of a truly outstanding and memorable experience. Our complete package guarantees you Austrian standards with just small groups of participants.

We invite you to enjoy this unique area around Gudauri. Unique – because you will have deep powder snow ski runs to yourself – incomparable space, beauty and skiing, over 1200 km. at the highest safety and quality standards.

Your safety is of paramount importance to us. We have the most experienced and best Austrian pilots and Austrian mountain guides with a new state of the art helicopter. Your heliskiing will be both – fascinating and safe.

The 4-Star Hotel „Rooms“ in Kazbegi, is an outstanding hotel and rewarded with many international architecture-prices. You will enjoy staying there. We keep the groups small to ensure the pleasure and satisfaction of these deep snow powder ski runs whilst preserving the tranquility of nature in these untrammeled places.

Additional Information

Total vertical descent
We guarantee in any case 20.000 total vertical descent meters. This means that, if, for example, there is bad weather so that not all the 20.000 m are completed, we will reimburse you for the „not done“ meters at EUR 100,- per 1000m altitude not achieved.

Reimbursement for vertical descent meters not achieved
If you don’t achieve the guaranteed 20.000 vertical descent meters (for example because of bad weather conditions or technical problems) we will reimburse you EUR 100,-- per 1000 m altitude not achieved.

Where is Gudauri/Kazbegi?
Gudauri is the only ski resort in the Georgian Republic in the Caucasus mountains. It is located on the „Kreuzpass“ approximately 100 km in the north of the capital, Tbilisi, at the junction between Europe and Asia. The Caucasus mountains stretch across over 1100 km between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea with some volcanos such as the Elbrus (5642 m) and the Kazbek (5047 m). These mountains offer you a breathtaking panorama of the heliskiing area.

Journey to Gudauri/Kazbegi
You fly, for example with Lughansa, by direct flight from Munich to Tbilisi. The flight time is about 4 hours. Ager you arrive at Tbilisi international airport we will bring you in our minibus to Gudauri. It takes about 2,5 hours – depending on the weather conditions.

Hotel Rooms, Kazbegi
All rooms are with private bathroom and toilet, SAT-TV and WLAN. Breakfast and dinner will be a rich buffet with regional and international food. When you are heliskiing, you will get at midday a lunchpaket and drinks. Après - heliskiing can be held in the sauna or indoor pool. Further info: www.roomshotel.ge

Weather and temperatures in the Caucasus mountains
The high Caucasus Mountains offer excellent snow conditions. The average snow depth is around 3 meters. From January until early March you will find predominantly deep powder snow. From beginning of March on the southern hillside firn ski conditions exist and on other hillsides you will still find some wonderful ski runs in deep powder snow. Heliskiing takes place in wilderness skiing areas on untracked wide open runs, which are not always perfect. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee good weather and good snow – but in Gudauri you will get the best possible conditions. The temperatures in the Caucasus mountains are comparable to those in the Alps. The location of Gudauri in the south of the main ridges affects the weather positively and provides long periods of good weather.

Course of heliskiing – Introduction / Information
DWe will give you full information about how your heliskiing event will be organized. Age wards we will equip you with the safety equipment adapted to you personally. Additionally to that you will get a health and safety briefing by your guide, who will show you also how to use your avalanche safety equipment (avalanche detector, ABS Airbag backpack, sounding sBck and shovel). We will also brief you on heliskiing and the rules / procedures in connection in connection with the helicopter (in cooperation with the pilot).

Heliskiing
The amount we can ski every day depends on the skiing ability of the group and on the weather and snow conditions. We have checked out many many ski runs of different length and difficulty over the whole heliski area (1200 km.). All heliski runs are located at between 1500 m and 4000 m above sea level. The runs have a height difference between 500 and 1500 meters and most of them are in wilderness country. Some runs pass through slightly wooded area. The decision taking off with the helicopter for heliskiing depends on the weather and snow conditions, as well as avalanche risk. The heliski guides are obliged, if danger threatens, to limit or even stop the skiing. The heliski guide`s decision is final as regards safety.

Snowboarder / Telemark Skiing
All snowboarders and those who are doing telemark skiing, and are competent in these disciplines, are very welcome. Our ski area is appropriate for skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers. Relevant to the number of participants we will form own groups of snowboarder and telemark skiers. If not sufficient members, than we will form a combined snowboard and telemark group.

Equipment heliskiing
For heliskiing we will provide you with top quality freeride skies and poles. It is recommended you take your own ski boots with. Please bring also your own snowboard and telemark skies. Each participant will get an avalanche detector, sounding stick, shovel and ABS Airbag rucksack for the heliskiing.

Alpine Safety
Our heli guides are mountain guides and members of the international mountain guide association – UIAGM. Some of them are in the team of instructors of the Austrian mountain guide training and are for this reason always completely up to date relating to safety and skiing skills. They are there to help you and to really enjoy your skiing. Our guides check each day the condition of the snow. Together with the pilot they study the weather forecast. These preparations and all the safety equipment will ensure you a safe and great ski adventure. All guides have always an emergency kit with them and the helicopter is similarly equipped. Your guide is also in contact with the helicopter and the hotel via radio and satellite telephone.

Skiing ability and physical requirements:
Basically you should feel confident to ski on different terrains and different snow conditions. Our special freeride skies are easy to handle and excellent for skiing in deep powder snow. A good physical condition is essential for your safety and your enjoyment of skiing. You should not have any heart problems. If you are at all concerned - please talk to your doctor before applying to join us.

Age limit
The minimum age for participation at the Gudauri Heliskiing is 15 years. There is no upper limit. People under 18 years need a declaration of approval of their parents or legal guardian.

Helicopter and Crew
Insofar as security and air crag is concerned we attach a great importance to European quality. We are the first operators in the Caucasus mountains, which fly a helicopter of the type Eurocopter „Ecureuil“ AS 350 B3 and Lama SA315B. This high performance and safe helicopter is well adapted for the mountains and offers apart from the pilot comfortable seats for additionally 5 passengers.

Claims and complaints
Any complaints should be immediately made to the representative of Gudauri Heliskiing in Gudauri. If in that particular case it is possible, he will immediately take the necessary actions to correct the deficit.
Time difference
Gudauri = MEZ + 3 hours
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Price
Price for Premium Package, Per Person – 6,990 Euro

Package Price includes:
• Accommodation – 7 nights (full board) in a double bedroom in 4* “Rooms Hotel Kazbegi”
• Ground transfers – 2 ways, Tbilisi airport to/from Kazbegi;
• Heliskiing – 6 days, unlimited vertical meters descent of heliskiing, 20.000 meters are guaranteed
• Guides – Guidance of the small groups by an Austrian government approved mountain / ski guide
• Group size – group of 4 skiers/snowboarders are flown each time with the helicopter.
• Equipment – Skis for deep powder, ski sticks and safety equipment (ABS Airbag backpack, sounding stick, shovel and avalanche detector

Not included:
• International flights to/from Tbilisi, airport taxes, additional charges for the luggage
• Cancellation and travel insurance
• Supplement for single room: EUR 355.-/person
• Drinks and Massage
   
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