Mestia – მესტია

Small town of Mestia, located in Upper Svaneti in the Greater Caucasus mountains, has been named World Heritage by UNESCO . Mestia and the surrounding villages with their medieval towers are very unique and beautiful. There are two ski resorts in the area, Hatsvali and Tetlundi.

Hatsvali is for beginners and intermediate skiers. Short but well groomed slopes are easy to ride. The area is covered by a pine forest among white pillows. This is the best place for the fans of Glade Skiing. The restaurant on top of the lift station has panoramic views of mt. Ushba (4,700 m), known for its steep rock massifs, is the epitome of beauty of the Caucasian mountains, like Matterhorn in the Alps.

Tetnuldi ski area is for skiers of any level . It’s around 30 minute drive from Mestia. Based on the bottom of Mt. Tetlundi it has slopes ranging from easy to extremely hard, is surrounded by tall mountains and the Alpine zone with great snow condition into late spring. Opened in 2015, Tetnuldi ski area is serviced by the French POMA ski lifts.

Svaneti is a very unique corner and culture hotspot in Georgia . The nature there is still mostly untouched and the food is undoubtedly great. Svaneti food, from the melted cheese with mashed potatoes to cheesebread with special herbs (Khachapuri) with Cha-Cha (local grappa) is ideal for après-ski

5 Things Not to Miss

1. Steep skiing

2. Svaneti Museum

3. Kubdari and food with cheese

4. Climb Svan Tower

5. Discover local folk scene

Facts & Figures

Altitude: 2,265 – 3,160 (Tetnuldi)

Snow-sure from December to May

30 km of slopes

○ 30% blue slopes
□ 40% red slopes
◇30% black slopes

Tetnuldi – 5 Lifts:
  • 4 chairlifts
  • 1 drag lifts
Hatsvali – 2 Lifts:
  • 2 chairlifts

Preserved by its long isolation, the Upper Svaneti region of the Caucasus is an exceptional example of mountain scenery with medieval-type villages and tower-houses

The village of Chazhashi is one of the highest inhabited places in Europe, still has more than 200 of these very unusual houses, which were used both as dwellings and as defense posts against the invaders who plagued the region.

Only ski resort accessible by plane

Practical Information

Ski season:

22 December 2018 – May 2019

Closest airports:
  • Mestia Airport (5 km)
  • Kutaisi (218 km)
  • Batumi (271 km)


Day Skipass Price:

  • Adult 40₾
  • Youth 25₾
  • Free for children under 6

Click for detailed prices SkiPass 2018/2019


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