Georgia’s top ski resort Gudauri [Stepantsminda region] and Snowpark ski runs will be able to “perfectly” host the 2023 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, the Georgian Mountain Trails Agency said on Friday.
The Agency responded to the information spread by one of the local media, alleging the failure of the tourist season in Gudauri and Bakuriani, the leading ski resorts of Georgia, for lack of relevant preparatory works for the event, and said the statement “deliberately served to discredit not only Georgian resorts but also the country”.
As it was announced by the Agency, due to the absence of natural snow, the process of artificial snowmaking in Gudauri began as soon as the temperature went below zero, allowing the ski tracks to function properly in full. The Agency added additional artificial snowmaking systems would be installed on two more ski slopes in Gudauri in 2023-2024 for creating a “fairly large” skiing area.
The implemented infrastructural projects in Bakuriani were also highlighted, including three new cable cars, six new competition ski slopes, as well as a 29 km long artificial snowmaking system.
The MTA also stressed the positive evaluations received from the International Ski Federation both in terms of infrastructure and organisation, adding preparations were “actively” underway to hold the expected tournaments scheduled from February 19 to March 5.
Therefore, the media were asked to verify information on winter resorts with the relevant agencies before providing it to the public, the Georgian Mountain Trails Agency added.