Among resorts of Georgia, the highest elevated above sea level skiing resort of Gudauri has been developed in the alpine zone on the Jvari pass, on the 120th km point of Georgian Military Road, on the slopes of Mount Kudebi (3006 m) and Mount Sadzele (3307 m). Resort is 30 years old but in this small timespan it could gain big popularity among mountain skiing lovers. During almost 100 years a building of old post-offi ce was on the spot of today"s resort which was a shelter for travelers from Russia to Georgia on the verge of XIX-XX centuries. In the 1980-ies it was decided to set up one more skiing resort in Georgia after Bakuriani. Gudauri"s natural conditions were considered suitable for winter resort, like slopes with germane tilt for mountain skiing and lavish and long lasting snow cover.
Decisive factor turned out to be short distance from the capital and central transit backbone. Resort infrastructure typical for the mountain retreat has emerged in Gudauri since 1980. At fi rst there was only mountain skiing school, but collapse of the Soviet regime facilitated solicitation of foreign, namely, Austrian, investments, and thanks to these investments the fi rst hotel in Gudauri as well as cable road were built, and in 1988 resort was offi cially inaugurated. Today Gudauri is the highest standard mountain skiing resort with relevant infrastructure and tens of duly arranged hotel facilities. Overall length of ski trails suitable for all levels of skiers is 57 km. Except fi rst level amateur trail, there are four-type sporting lanes: for slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom and downhill. Each category of these disciplines is adopted by International Ski Federation. 5 cable roads were constructed by Austrian company, Doppelmayr. In 2012 French company, POMA, installed the longest gondola in the Caucasus. The fi rst lift is situated on the altitude of 1990 m above sea level, the highest - on 3270 m.
RESORT OF GUDAURI
Location: front mountain slopes of the Western part of Trialeti range, foot of Gudamakari and Lomisi range
Distance: 120 km away from Tbilisi
Elevation from sea level: 2190-2200 m Natural treatment factors: middle mountain upper belt climate
Types of treatment: passive climate therapy
Diseases for treatment: bronchial asthma, bronchitis, irondefi cit anemia