Winter season in Georgia: New ski lift opens in Bakuriani

New cableway at the Kokhta Mount in Bakuriani. Photo by A. Kinkladze, 27 Dec 2015 - 13:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Bakuriani, Georgia’s one of the leading ski resorts, is today celebrating the opening of a renewed ski lift station on Mount Kokhta.

The Kokhta cableway was brought back to life after an eight-year pause.

The Bakuriani Kokhta piste was also restored and now it was even longer. The total length of the Kokhta ski trail was three kilometres and hundred metres.  

The rehabilitation was completed in three months in order to open the new ski lift at the beginning of the season. A leading Austrian company Doppelmayr carried out all work.

Bakuriani. Photo by A. Kinkladze

Professional skiers were especially excited about the renovation as now the Kokhta ski trail became the most challenging trail in Bakuriani.

The opening of the upgraded infrastructure was attended by Georgia’s Prime Minister candidate Giorgi Kvirikashvili and acting Ministers of the Georgian Cabinet.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Parliamentary Majority's candidate for the Prime Minister's role opened the new cableway in Bakuriani. Photo by A. Kinkladze 

The multi-million project was unique as it was the result of collaboration between the state and the private sector.

Rehabilitation of the Kokhta ski trail was conducted in partnership with Georgian private business representative TBC Group. The key actors from the state side were the Ministry of Economy, National Agency for State Property Management and Mountain Resorts Development Company.

Bakuriani, Georgia's one of four ski resorts met the winter season with new trails and upgraded infrastructure. Photo by A. Kinkladze

Authorities believed the rehabilitation of the historic cableway in Bakuriani would attract more holiday makers from Georgia and abroad.

Today the opening of the new cableway was marked with Bakuriani hosting the first phase of the Ski Championship of Georgia.