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Heli-ski trip to Mestia, Georgia

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Comic timing leaving a powder-tastic Switzerland for the impending heatwave in the Caucasus mountains on the Georgia / Russia border! At least the knees have survived the season and a good weather forecast should mean the heli can fly!

This was the hook...

http://youtube.com/v/dk0bAvz2rXE

Going with an outfit run by a German guide called Flory Kern who runs trips around the world. First request from the guide was to replenish his Snuff stash as it’s running low due to down days!

https://www.flory-kern.de/heliskiing/swanetien



Goodbye Switzerland
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Have fun!
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Looking forward to the TR. Mestia and the Svaneti valley are amazing.
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Almost went last week when it was dumping.

Went to sunny Cortina instead so feel your angst.

But you will get to see & ski everything.

Enjoy.
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Jealous!

Have a great trip and make a full trip report. Georgia Heli absolutely on my to do list!
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Well that’s better than expected...
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv4Hz8XFnPO/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=kw852t5g03sz
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Mate...have a great one...see you the week after?
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Our AustroGermanicBrit Brexit busting team for the week

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All aboard the backache express...


Hope 3 spares is enough Shocked
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Nice conditions on day 1. Blue skies and 20cm of consolidated powder
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Sorry environment...


She’s a beautiful bird!


#irony
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Remo from Engelberg, our day 1 guide. Nice guy!


#Top Gun with Max and Fabi from Munich


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Cool
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Ushba
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Some Austrians are climbing the South Face. Trying to bribe our chopper pilot to drop us at the top Toofy Grin
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Last run of the day. 12 runs, 10,000m of vertical. Heli makes it so (too?) easy...
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Are all the runs, open bowls? That definitely makes it easy. When I was at Mica Creek, all the hard work was below the treeline.
I'm not knocking it - looks amazing!
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Not a bad start Wink
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jedster wrote:
Are all the runs, open bowls? That definitely makes it easy. When I was at Mica Creek, all the hard work was below the treeline.
I'm not knocking it - looks amazing!


Yep all open faces up highish (between 3600 and 2500). Too warm for tree runs although I think there is tree stuff earlier in the season. The scope of the terrain is amazing!


This is a typical drop off spot
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Perfect corn this afternoon
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... Yep all open faces up highish (between 3600 and 2500). Too warm for tree runs although I think there is tree stuff earlier in the season. The scope of the terrain is amazing! ... Too warm for tree runs although I think there is tree stuff earlier in the season.
Sounds a lot like BC late season, depending on the weather. Last year was freakishly cold, but usually it's like what you have there.
Longer days and lack of trees mean that the vertical can get large, depending on the temperature.

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Heli makes it so (too?) easy...

Every day's a powder day. Ok, corn then.
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@BobinCH please could you provide a breakdown of the costs of this adventure?


It’s €6800 for the week, plus chf600 for flights to Batumi via Istanbul. Add a couple of hundred Euros for beers and tips. And €200 per hour per person if you go above the 14 hours included heli time. We’ve used half in 2 days but bluebird conditions and strong skiers. I compared with Canada and Alaska and it was certainly better value (coming from Europe)
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Back on 13th and the up for Easter weekend snowHead
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@BobinCH please could you provide a breakdown of the costs of this adventure?


It’s €6800 for the week, plus chf600 for flights to Batumi via Istanbul. Add a couple of hundred Euros for beers and tips. And €200 per hour per person if you go above the 14 hours included heli time. We’ve used half in 2 days but bluebird conditions and strong skiers. I compared with Canada and Alaska and it was certainly better value (coming from Europe)


That's bloody cheap for heli overages - I've heard of people easily double their trip costs in a good week at Canadian ops.
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And Mestia’s a pretty interesting place. And a large beer is 1chf!

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Some day 2 GoPro footage

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http://youtube.com/v/TEdz1sInY1w


http://youtube.com/v/CgFCLhalEng
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Oh you are going to monster the vertical and heli hours!
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I believe the correct protocol for drone flying in such far flung places is to crash it somewhere irretrievable.

What are all the towers for? Grain storage/drying? Or real life Assassin's Creed themepark?
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Day 3 was good!

First drop under Mt Tetnuldi


Went higher for steeper terrain today and glaciated


Snow holding up well
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What are all the towers for? Grain storage/drying? Or real life Assassin's Creed themepark?


Apparently it’s a status symbol thing. The bigger your tower...
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Oh you are going to monster the vertical and heli hours!


I think we’ve done 10,000m per day but weather changing tomorrow afternoon so Thursday and Friday uncertain. Today was a big day with some 1500m descents and my legs were feeling it by the end!
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Busier than Verbier...


Females are equally tricky to read


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2 groups drove in to the Laila range to save some heli-time

Svanetian roads have nothing to recommend them. The scenery is stunning...


Dusty chopper


The prize!
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Day 3 was good!

First drop under Mt Tetnuldi


Went higher for steeper terrain today and glaciated


Love the TR and the pics - especially the second one above, it’s superb!
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The Tetnuldi peak and glacier is stunning!






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Great TR, thanks!

What's the skiing terrain mostly like? Seems to be mainly mellow open bowls/faces and glacier skiing?


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@BobinCH please could you provide a breakdown of the costs of this adventure?


It’s €6800 for the week, plus chf600 for flights to Batumi via Istanbul. Add a couple of hundred Euros for beers and tips. And €200 per hour per person if you go above the 14 hours included heli time. We’ve used half in 2 days but bluebird conditions and strong skiers. I compared with Canada and Alaska and it was certainly better value (coming from Europe)


This is interesting. The place I went in Alaska (Points North) is $6250 all inclusive for 4 heli-hours, but those 4 hours were equivalent to 3 full days of skiing, probably something like 7-8km vertical per day. There's no way you'd be able to fit 14 hours into a week. It seems like the heli time must be measured differently, somehow?!
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Great TR, thanks!

What's the skiing terrain mostly like? Seems to be mainly mellow open bowls/faces and glacier skiing?


BobinCH wrote:
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@BobinCH please could you provide a breakdown of the costs of this adventure?


It’s €6800 for the week, plus chf600 for flights to Batumi via Istanbul. Add a couple of hundred Euros for beers and tips. And €200 per hour per person if you go above the 14 hours included heli time. We’ve used half in 2 days but bluebird conditions and strong skiers. I compared with Canada and Alaska and it was certainly better value (coming from Europe)


This is interesting. The place I went in Alaska (Points North) is $6250 all inclusive for 4 heli-hours, but those 4 hours were equivalent to 3 full days of skiing, probably something like 7-8km vertical per day. There's no way you'd be able to fit 14 hours into a week. It seems like the heli time must be measured differently, somehow?!


We were 12 sharing a heli in 3 groups of 4 so perhaps you need to multiply by 3? An average day skiing from 8:00 - 14:30 was about 3.5 hours of heli time for 10-12 runs.

The terrain is mainly big open faces as you can see and a few narrower couloirs. It’s a really stunning area but they wouldn’t let us at the really steep stuff used for the Ushba film. He said it’s just too dangerous with 12 people

What was the terrain like at PNH? That was the Alaskan one that looked by far the best value out there?
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