Tetnuldi: Georgia’s newest ski resort boasts longest trails

  • There will be six ropeways in Tetnuldi and the resort will be similar in size to the popular Georgian resort Gudauri. Photo: Tetnuldi Ski Resort/Facebook
Agenda.ge, 7 Feb 2016 - 10:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is cementing a name for itself as the best winter destination in the region.

The country is celebrating the development of yet another ski restort – Tetnuldi in western Georgia’s Svaneti region.

Tetnuldi is a cut above other ski resorts as it has the longest trails with the biggest vertical drops in the South Caucasus.

Photo source: Tetnuldi Ski Resort/Facebook

Although the resort was not officially open yet, the first phase of the infrastructural works has been finished.

Georgia’s Economy Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili yesterday travelled to Mestia to see the resort and meet the local population who will be employed in the developed area.

Kumsishvili also opened the first cable-driven lift of the resort, which was installed by French company Poma. The Minister announced the lift would serve guests for free during for the entire first season.

"This will be a unique resort. It will have the longest trails in Georgia, with special areas for everyone; beginners, intermediate and experts,” Kumsishvili said.

He added only locals would be employed at the resort. They had been provided with relevant trainings to ensure they knew top mountain operating practices.

Photo source: Tetnuldi Ski Resort/Facebook

The resort development was financed by the Georgian and French governments. About 100 million GEL was spent on the project.

Tetnuldi’s longest trail will be 9.5km with a vertical drop of 1.7km. The total length of the trails will be 30km by the end of this year. So far the total length was 7km with the longest trail of 3.5km.

Photo source: Tetnuldi Ski Resort/Facebook

The qualification of the trails was as the following:

  • Blue for amateurs;
  • Red for intermediate; and
  • Black for experts.

A free bus from Mestia to Tetnuldi and back will be offered to tourists during the winter season. The resort is about 15km away from Mestia.