Off-piste skiing on the Lomisi Ridge: Shele and Miketi Mountains
Loop routes, Steep Skiing, Ridge route, Day trip
The vast snowfields of Shele and the giant ridges of Miketi form an opportunity to leave your epic line on untouched powder - the dream of every freerider. There is a high probability that the descent on this route may be the best descent of your winter. Moreover, these sites inspired the Russian writer M. Lermontov to write the story "Demon" during his exile in Tbilisi.
AD: Somewhat difficult (Assez difficile)
N (north), NE (northeast)
Duration of skinning up ⇡
S3 : Slopes up to 35° (equivalent to the steepest runs in ski resorts, on hard snow). Requires good skiing abilities in all snow conditions.
Very remote: Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
If you visit this route during your holiday in Gudauri, your remaining days at the resort will find you basking in genuine respect with the title of a real expert, with all paths pointing to the lines that you skied the day before. The mountains of Shele and Miketi are clearly visible from any point at the Gudauri Ski Resort; they look like giant, steep walls. In fact, their steepness does not exceed 35º and the only reasons not to explore this area are increased avalanche danger or limitations in your mountain experience, physical capabilities, or stamina - the ascent to Miketi mountain takes at least 4 hours.
The route starts from the gorge and consists of two relative parts – an ascent to the first ridge with exit to a hidden valley and an ascent from a hidden valley to the top of the Shele or Miketi mountains. The terrain is open and predictable. The steepness of the slopes averages an angle of 30º, and there is an absence of big terrain traps and sudden drops. Views throughout the route and from its uppermost points are some of the most iconic and memorable in the region.
Distinctive details of the route
Shele is very popular with heli-ski companies operating in Gudauri. So, if you go on a route without a guide, coordinate the time and details of the route with the heli-ski companies by clicking here: http://heliski.travel/. Otherwise, heli-ski groups on descent can create a significant danger for freeriders ascending from the gorge.
At the beginning of the route there is a small stream that can be crossed with stepping stones. However, during warm weather and precipitation, the stream overflows and it is difficult to pass it without getting your feet wet. In this case, you can cover your feet with simple plastic bags bought in any Gudauri store in advance.
Heading off for this route is possible only in conditions of good visibility and a favorable forecast. In conditions of poor visibility ("white out weather"), you can easily lose visual landmarks and get lost.
Do not go on this route during the days that heli-ski companies are operating on this spot. Please clarify their schedule in advance by contacting them at http://heliski.travel/
Steep and avalanche areas (marked in red on the map) must be passed at a distance from each other.
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 Gudauri Travel Bar (www.gudauri.bar).
Skins, Ski Crampons, Standard avalanche equipment (beeper, probe, shovel)
Mobile communication is on the itinerary
Is the route accessible when the Cross Pass is closed?
December, January, February, March, April
Recommended maps for this region
Trekking Map # 4: Khevi, Stephantsminda, Gudauri, Truso. Skale 1 : 50 000.
You can find information regarding 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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Есть большая вероятность того что спуск на этом маршруте может стать лучшим спуском Вашего сезона. Кроме того — именно эти места при посещении инициировали М.Ю. Лермонтова на написание повести «Демон», во время его ссылки в Тбилиси.