Georgia; Europe’s best kept secret ski destination.

If you’re just into skiing where nature is at its best, unconcerned about going to a chic resort and celebrity spotting, skiing in Georgia may well suit. Hidden away between the Black and Caspian seas with a good mountain range, Georgia has the kind of terrain which is just perfect for skiing; peaks which reach 16,000 feet, deep valleys and mostly unspoilt slopes, reports the New York Times.

Two hours from the capital, Tbilisi, Gudauri and Bakuriani are currently the country’s main resorts and are becoming more popular by the minute with local and foreign visitors alike. According to the Georgian Department of Statistics, Bakuriani saw an increase of 40% more visitors in a year and Gudauri 30% more. Best known for wonderful off-piste and heli-skiing, young skiers describe it as a ski-lover’s paradise.

And now there are some ambitious plans afoot in the Caucasus. Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is personally encouraging plans to increase the number of ski-resorts. In Mestia, the first groomed slopes of a new resort opened in December and there are plans to develop Goderdzi pass, which can have snow coverage for six months a year.

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