Gudauri is my childhood love. It’s whereI learned how to stand, then move, then flow. The resort has 5 slopes of different difficulties (16 km of skiing tracks), good infrastructure, many hotels around and it is only two hours away from Tbilisi. It is not Colorado, it does not have dozens of slopes that you navigate with a map, but the terrain is clean, no trees, slopes are not crowded and the views are amazing. However, the biggest attraction of the place is freeriding, as most of the tourists visit Gudauri for the untouched, unspoilt fluffy snow.
Heliski is also very popular. Extreme sports lovers from all over the world hire helicopters and drop at stiff virgin mountains. Why? Because they can. Only a few places in the world allow Heliski and Gudauri is one of them. Different events, targeting young crowd, take place during the skiing season: Red Bull Jump and Freeze, local and international DJs, mulled wine stands, local food served on the outside patios. Many take off their clothes to tan in the Alpine sun.