Winter resorts Mestia, Gudauri, Goderdzi set for season opening at Christmas

The three locations, found in mountainous areas of the country's north and west, will mark the opening of the new season on Christmas. Photo via Mountain Resorts of Georgia., 22 Dec 2021 - 16:44, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia's winter resorts of Mestia, Gudauri and Goderdzi are set to launch their 2021-2022 ski season on Christmas, the state agency for managing mountain resort locations has said.

Mountain Resorts of Georgia announced on Wednesday the three locations - located in the north-western Svaneti province, Kazbegi Municipality in the north, and Adjara province in the west respectively, would open their doors to visitors on December 25 with a range of tracks and infrastructure.

In Mestia, a cable car connection will connect the central part of the town to a nearby resort of Hatsvali, while a brand-new, 1.4 km-long and 1,800-per-hour-capacity ropeway will serve those looking to enjoy routes of Mount Zuruldi.

New connections and existing ropeways, along with other infrastructure, will welcome visitors to the resorts for the 2021-2022 season. Photo via Mountain Resorts of Georgia.

Four ski tracks, with their 7 km-long routes, will be available at Hatsvali for "skiers of all categories", the state resort body has said, while the Tetnuldi Peak will feature five cable car links and five tracks, the highest of them perched at 3,168 metres above sea level.

In Gudauri, 18 ropeways will be operated by resort authorities to serve 22 tracks reaching 70 km in distance, while two cable car connections and a 7 km-long ski track will await those picking Goderdzi as their destination for the upcoming season.

The current weather and precipitation conditions are preventing the resorts agency from declaring regular season open in Bakuriani, one of the prominent customary winter destinations that will host 2025 Winter Youth Olympic Games.