Freeriding in the Kobi gorge.
Using the top station of the Sadzele lift, Kobi Gorge is easy to reach from all freeride spots and starting points of descent. and takes no more than 15 minutes on foot or by traverse without ascent. North and northwestern exposures, high altitudes, protection of the gorge by the mountains, and the dry Gudauri climate in general allow snow to remain in a state of dry powder even a month and a half after the last snowfall. Thanks to its easy accessibility, its perfect snow, and the feeling of the Great and Wild Mountains, the routes to Kobi are the most popular with freeriders.
The routes to Kobi are the most visited in Gudauri after the routes to the Chrdili Ridge due to their accessibility, endless runs, and the largest vertical height difference at the resort. The routes are, in fact, small journeys within climate zones and are also in one of the most picturesque parts of the Georgian Military Road on the way back to Gudauri.
UPD: Since 2019, after the launch of new ski lift line to the Kobi Valley, the importance of "Kobi Light" route as a freeride route has decreased significantly – this route has practically turned into the resort slopes. On the other hand, now there is an option of quick and convenient return to the resort using ski lifts on the Kobi side, after the descent to Kobi by the "Kobi Pro" route.
Ski touring & splitboarding, On normal skis for freeriding and snowboards
Backcountry experience at least two years.
In some places there is a mobile connection
Is the route accessible when the Cross Pass is closed?
Is at the end of the route in the creek
Duration of skinning up ⇡
⇡ 00:15 h.
January, February, March, April
The Kobi Gorge is located on the back of the northern side of the Gudauri Ski Resort. If you go to the top of Mount Sadzele, the highest point of the resort (3270 m.), and go down to the opposite direction of the resort, you will arrive at the Kobi Gorge.
There are several descent options, each of which starts with a small but steep couloir and ends at the Georgian Military Road near the village of Kobi. If there is stable snow cover, you can also descend from the top of Sadzele Mountain. In this case, you need to get 50 vertical meters from the crosspiece. The steepness of the slopes is from 25 to 35º
From where the route begins, step by step instructions and other details of the routes, read in the printed version of the guidebook.
You can buy the printed Guidebook of the Gudauri freeride routes in Travel Bar, just 100 meters from the beginning of the gondola, opposite of the Casino.
Distinctive details of the route
The routes differ from beginning to end - from ski out location to the Georgian Military Road. The mid areas of the most popular routes are wide, flat fields (15-20º). Before going down to the Kobi Gorge, make sure to call the Georgian Patrol Police* to ensure that traffic on the Cross Pass and along the Georgian Military Road is open, otherwise you’ll have to return to Gudauri on foot (10 km) or take a 3-hour skitour back to the resort through Kobi pass (altitude 2950 m., GPS coordinates 42.51039, 44.49340). Soon after the start of descent, the mobile network will disappear.
* Georgian Patrol Police: +995 322 418 502.
In addition to the general avalanche situation in the region, in the Kobi Gorge, the accumulation of critical snow masses as a result of wind and the formation of windslabs make the beginning of the route dangerous. It is highly recommended not to use this route after snowfalls, especially if there are additional southerly winds. Also, some places at the end of the route in the couloirs and in other terrain traps are dangerous. In conditions of poor visibility, it is necessary to avoid the descent through the waterfall along the trajectory of the main channel of the gorge, as you may not notice a sudden 15-meter vertical discharge. If there is good visibility, it circles to the left or right.
Check the level of avalanche danger before setting off for the route! Daily updated information on the level of avalanche danger can be found in the Gudauri Travel Bar (www.gudauri.bar).
Standard equipment for freeriding - avalanche transceiver (beeper), probe, shovel., Ski touring / splitboard set., Normal Ski / Solid Snowboard.
Recommended maps for this region
Trekking Map # 4: Khevi, Stephantsminda, Gudauri, Truso. Skale 1 : 50 000.
Returning by car to the resort, you can make a stop a few minutes before Gudauri near the Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument, which has been there since Soviet times, in honor of the 200-year friendship between Georgians and Russians. In addition to this interesting fact, even better are the incredible views from this area on a half-kilometer precipice, a volcanic plateau, and a mountain lake (artificial).
You can find information about the level of avalanche danger in the region, buy maps of the route, join an organized group, or order a professional mountain guide on this route in the Gudauri Travel Bar (www.gudauri.bar).
Rescue service: +995 790 211 100
Fire service, police, medical assistance: 112
Helicopters: +995 32 2243 503, +995 595 350 900, +995 595 404 606
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