Visitor reviews for Gudauri Ski Resort

Gudauri Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 37 votes and 18 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.7

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Gudauri is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 3.9

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Gudauri has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.2

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.1

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.2

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Gudauri.

Public Transport: 3.4

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Gudauri, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.2

(1) No places to stay in/near Gudauri, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.8

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.7

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Gudauri.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.4

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 2.9

(1) There are no child care facilities at Gudauri, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 2.5

(1) Gudauri relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Gudauri, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Gudauri are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.4

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Gudauri is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.1

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Gudauri, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.2

(1) Gudauri usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.8

(1) The staff at Gudauri are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Gudauri are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 3.9

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 3.9

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.2

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.4

(1) No intermediate terrain at Gudauri, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.1

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.0

(1) Not even a kicker at Gudauri, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.7

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Gudauri, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.2

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Gudauri has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.8

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.9

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.4

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.5

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 2.8

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.2

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.0

(1) Overall, Gudauri is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.2

(1) Overall, Gudauri is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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October 29, 2014
Daniel from Ski Georgia Georgia
Hi folks, All reviews about Gudauri are far away from reality; all things have been changed since 2011. Resort has now: cheapest ski pass price to compare it to EU resort, artificial snow, new hotels, wifi etc.
November 21, 2011
Nora from Ski Ukraine Ukraine
Visited Feb 2011 Pro: fantastic nature, good cuisine Cons: we were 10 persons and have fun all together. There are very few places to go out in the evening and not cheap. Services: big hotels are ok with services for their prices. But small and more cheap depends. Just read reviews on their site Accommodation: we have found family-hotel by ourselves. Sent a mail to the owners, then call and at the end have discount 10% - essential for 10 days for 10 people:) The phones and emails of the owners of hotel and apartments we found here
November 20, 2011
Lala from Ski Russia Russia
Pro: Visited this resort season 2011. Nature - just your dream. Lovely people. Cheap prices (around Gudauri) Cons: No snow NY 2010-2011 Services in Gudauri are far from the ideal for the prices they want. If want to be happy be ready to pay a lot of money Accommodation: We lived in small family hotel. Price was above 50usd per person and I was really unhappy. Small breakfast, small dinner, every evening need to go out to be full. Shabby rooms from USSR times. It's better to pay a little more and live in big hotel, like Freerider hotel . At least you will have excellent HB and high level of services. Information: Information about resort and accommodation(with phones, emails etc) at the site of resort .
September 13, 2011
Oleg Gritskevich from Ski Georgia Georgia
August 27, 2011 in Gudauri first snow fell, fell asleep Mount Sadzele, Gogibashvili and Red Mountain. Old-timers say that it usually happens in late September and expect a lot of snow in season 2011 - 2012.
February 28, 2010
David from Ski United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Feb 2010 in Gudauri. Resort/hotel facilities adequate if a bit grim but fabulous skiing. Great snow, well groomed. No queues, great views, big vertical.
February 16, 2010
Giorgi from Ski Georgia Georgia
The good: Gudauri has very good slopes (16km total) and predominantly, in months of February, March and beginning of April, very good weather conditions. During the working days relative small amount of people are on the slope, so you can ski without obstructions. Ski lift costs 15$ per day and hotel costs start from 30$ per person/day. On Saturday you can join the night ski on first slope. The Cons: Gudauri has relatively bad developed infrastructure, very few night events.
February 27, 2009
SneachtaEire from Ski Ireland Ireland
Gudauri is great. However, the season at Gudauri could start a little earlier and finish later. Love it.
December 09, 2008
Daniel from Ski Georgia Georgia
:) Gudauri (GoodAuri) is best ski resort ;) in ex Soviet Unions...