Bakhmaro, the highest alpine ski destination in Georgia, is being developed to turn the rural mountain village into a bustling, modern winter resort.
A group of specialists visited Bakhmaro this week to survey the area in order to design a proper plan for developing Bakhmaro into a thriving tourist spot.
One group of specialists examined spots that would be suitable for the installation of viewing platforms for the locations scenic, panoramic views; a second group investigated possibilities for new ski-routes and heli-skiing opportunities.
Heli-skiing is favoured by extreme skiers and snowboarders who use helicopters to transport themselves to high altitudes where they can access off-piste routes, steep slopes and untouched snow.
A group of specialists visited Bakhmaro this week to survey the area. Photo by Georgia's Ministry of Economy.
Members of the working groups later exchanged and shared information and discussed the identified opportunities for Bakhmaro to be further developed.
Last year the Georgian Government announced it was planning major development projects for Bakhmaro resort in western Georgia. Georgian company Artstudio Project won a tender and is responsible for creating a general development plan for Bakhmaro.
When developments are complete, it is hoped that Bakhmaro will become a top winter resort for Georgia alongside Gudauri, Bakuriani, Mestia and Goderdzi.
The initial development plan foresaw building top quality roads, fixing existing water infrastructure and supplying the village with natural gas and electricity.
Bakhmaro is surrounded by fir and pine tree forests and is deemed to be beneficial for people with respiratory problems. Photo by Georgia's Ministry of Economy.
Located more than 2,000m above sea level, Bakhmaro in Guria region is the highest alpine resort in Georgia.
It is surrounded by fir and pine tree forests. The annual average humidity reaches about 73 percent and the mixture of sea and mountain air is deemed to be beneficial for people with respiratory problems.
The surrounding mountains are also a source of Bakhmaro bottled spring water, produced alongside Nabeghlavi carbonated water by Georgian company Healthy Water.