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How Ski Resorts Meet the Winter Season

“Several new hotels will launch in Gudauri. A 100-suite hotel is being constructed on Goderdzi resort. Additionally, there are serious construction works are underway in Bakuriani. Many guesthouses are being built in Mestia. There are diverse activities in all resorts”.

Georgian ski resorts opening on December 10-17 are preparing for winter. What are the innovations for the 2016-217 season? How ready are the local municipalities and private sectors for handling the winter season?

This winter, Georgia has good potential as it snows in Tetnuldi, Goderdzi, Gudauri, and Bakuriani.

“Ski resorts will officially open in mid-December,” Sandro Onoprishvili, head of Ski Resorts Development company noted.

«Several new hotels will launch in Gudauri. A 100-suite hotel is being constructed on Goderdzi resort. Additionally, there are serious construction works are underway in Bakuriani. Many guesthouses are being built in Mestia. There are diverse activities in all resorts. Moreover, there are luxury hotels including a new upcoming Radisson hotel construction in Gudauri. It is important to note that intensified construction works proceed at resorts. Ropeway infrastructure building works are in their final stages. Skiing tracks will be completed soon and will open in December 10-17» Onoprishvili said.

“Regarding artificial snow, the process and supply will start in November 20-22. The country expects international tourists from eastern Europe and neighboring countries,” Onoprishvili noted.

Prices at Ski Resorts

Hotel managers expect a busy season seeing as many hotel suites have been booked. The Caucasus Business Week has examined the cost of spending winter holidays at Georgian ski resorts.

Gudauri

Marco Polo is one of the expensive hotels in Gudauri where a standard two-bed suite costs 169 USD. Hotel services include a breakfast, sauna, swimming pool, internet and spa center services. Places will be limited during New Year. Moreover, summer tariffs will extend to December 25 while winter tariffs will be slightly higher. According to the hotel administration, the price of the same 2-bed standard suite will rise to 180 USD.

“In the duration of New Year, the price of a two-bed standard suite will rise to 252 USD,” the hotel management said.

Bakuriani

According to the Crystal hotel management, currently, Crystal hotel operates with summer tariffs with the price of a two-bed standard suite being 100 USD.  After December 30, the price of the same suite will rise to 140 USD. The price will further increase to 170 USD during December 31-January 4.

Mestia

“The price of a standard two-bed suite is 95 USD at Tetnuldi hotel. The tariff includes two meals a day. Winter prices have not been determined yet, although it is being specified and calculated. The New Year’s program and the corresponding prices will be announced in several days,” the hotel management told CBW.

At this stage, the tourist inflow to the ski resort is insignificant. However, the hotel management expects the inflow to skyrocket during the winter season.

In comparison to the previous years, local municipalities also expect the tourist inflow to increase. Mestia governor, Kakha Zhorzholiani, noted that a new skiing track will open in Tetnuldi in mid-December. Additionally, the local population is ready to host tourists.

“Several families have already arranged new hotels as part of the Produce in Georgia state program and organized due infrastructure too,” the Mestia governor said.

“This year Svaneti is prepared for the ski resort season. This year, three new ropeways have been added to Tetnuldi. In addition to cafe-bars and restaurants, a new administrative building will be launched. Soon, more specified schedules and plans will be published. Prices do not rise at this stage”, Zhorzholiani noted.

Bakuriani Governor, Dimitri Kipiani, noted that this year’s new season will open in mid-December. A new ropeway will open in Mitarbi.

“Also, the New Year’s events will be arranged in Borjomi and Bakuriani,” Kipiani said. “The Bakuriani ski resort will host plenty of foreign and local guests,” he added.

“For many years, our resorts were criticized due to the absence of entertainment centers. However, this year, several new entertainment facilities will launch operation in the Bakuriani resort. Local self-government provides full support to private sectors to develop in this direction so the region acquires valuable infrastructure, the Bakuriani governor noted.