Ski splendidly in Georgia - Hatsvali
Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1,500 metres (4,921 feet) in the Caucasus Mountains. There is a young, but developing ski resort here, named Hatsvali, with great infrastructure and huge opportunities for freeriding and skiing.Ropeway and slopes for skiing are located in 8 km from Mestia. You ccnaget there by a good paved road, which opened in 2010. The season runs from December or January to about early April. Hatsvali is the first ski-resort in Svaneti, and it is a powder-mecca in disguise. The resort is northfacing, and it is located on a ridgeline just above Mestia. The treeskiing in Hatsvali is particularly good, and there are plenty of runs in the pine-forest, as well as open chutes and fields that provides excellent freeskiing. In addition there are great backcountry opportunities from the top of the lift, where you can follow the ridgeline and find your own backcountry-zone. The resort has one chairlift that serves the three runs, and the vertical drop of the resort is 482 meters. At the top there is a restaurant where you can enjoy the view of Ushba, Tetnuldi and all the other magnificent mountains in Svaneti.