Join our Georgia splitboarding holiday backcountry in Racha to explore a remote and wild region of Georgia over 8-12 days.
Our guided expeditions are unique. On our 8 or 12 day Georgia splitboarding holiday backcountry in Racha, we travel between remote villages in the seldom-visited alpine region of Racha, exploring almost endless options for freeriding, ski-touring and split-boarding along our route.
We stay in snow-camps for 1-2 nights, ride fresh lines on terrain that suits you (and at your pace), then return to the comfort of a village guest house to relax and enjoy authentic local hospitality. The next day, we move to a different location with the help of King Tamar, our huge, cool-looking Soviet truck. Our advance team sets up the camps and carries all the gear to and from each location, so you only need to carry a day pack.
On a typical expedition we will explore 3 different locations from 3 different villages. We also offer the option of longer tours and ski-mountaineering objectives. On an 8 day program, you will ride at least 7 days – with one day set aside as a weather/ rest/ cultural day – usually on the last day.
Adventure, fun and comfort are our priorities, but first and foremost is safety. We have excellent safety systems and equipment, and we use experienced IFMGA guides. We take care of all contingency planning and hazard analysis with top-notch professionalism. Logistics, camping equipment, and airport transfers are all taken care of, so you just need to bring your ski equipment and an appetite for adventure.
Care for the natural environment and climate is a core value for us. We want to reduce our impact as much as possible, and we can facilitate carbon-offsetting for your trip. Please ask us for more details.
We value local culture and history, and we want to provide the opportunity for you to appreciate the unique people of Racha and their way of life.
Airport pickup at Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport.
Travel by 4x4 van to the city of Oni, Racha region.
Check into a local guesthouse, dinner at the guesthouse.
Depending on arrival time and needs of the group, we may eat lunch in Kutaisi/Tbilisi.
Safety briefing and gear check.
Prepare to depart the next morning for the first campsite.
AVALANCHE THEORY AND PRACTICAL
We will do a half day of avalanche education — why and where avalanches happen, how to approach risk management in the backcountry, and other important considerations. You will learn from highly qualified IFMGA certified mountain guides.
We will discuss theory and do practical drills: burial and recovery,
search patterns, multiple burials, communication
In your 8 day trip you will visit 3 camping/skiing locations on overnight trips, and visit 3 historic Georgian mountain villages for rest and recover. The team manages all the tents, food, and other logistics so you can avoid carrying a heavy backpack to the base- camps. We can choose terrain that suits any experience level without any problem.
Itinerary for Georgia splitboarding holiday backcountry in Racha:
DAY 1 / TOUR TO BASECAMP ABOVE GLOLA
Approximately 800 m vertical
DAY 2 / SKI FROM GLOLA BASECAMP Approximately 800m vertical maximum,
terrain varying from easy to very challenging
After a full day of skiing, we plan to descend to the village for rest
DAY 3 / ASCEND TO NEXT BASECAMP
Minimum 1000 m vertical, ending with a ski run
to the basecamp. Climbing higher on the ridge above the camp during approach can add another 300m vertical for a longer run if you feel up to it
DAY 4 / SKI SECOND AREA
UPPER RACHA CIRCUIT, GHEBI / SHOVI AREA
Vertical from 500 — 1000 m possible, with terrain ranging from very easy tree runs above the camp to very challenging steep lines
DAY 5 / ASCEND TO CHIORA RIDGE AND DESCEND TO VILLAGE CHIORA
Approximately 500 m vertical
Option for an extra 250 m vertical and a ride on the spine wall (challenging)
Very easy skiing down the ridge to the village
DAY 6 / ASCEND TO GHEBI BASECAMP
Approximately 800 m vertical
DAY 7 / SKI GHEBI BASECAMP AREA
Vertical from 800 — 1200 m, terrain from easy to very
DAY 8 / WEATHER DAY / REST DAY /
CULTURAL EXPERIENCE / GOODBYE PARTY
This day can be placed anywhere in the schedule to have an extra day of rest with some more time to explore the villages, or more time to ski in a particular area
We will deliver you to any airport or city in the country after the party.
If you are interested in continuing to ski somewhere else in Georgia, we can make arrangements for you.
We will edit a short movie from the footage we took during the Racha backcountry ski touring holiday in Georgia and give it to you.