The region around Bakuriani is covered by coniferous forests (mainly made up of spruce). The resort lies 30 km from Borjomi and is located within the so-called Bakuriani Depression/caldera. The resort is connected with Borjomi by an electrified narrow-gauge railway. The present-day area of the town was built up by lava flows from the nearby Mukhera volcano.
The ski area of the resort is split into two separate parts: Didveli and Kokhta/Kokhta-Mitarbi. Mount Kokhta provides a maximum skiable altitude of 2,269 metres (7,444 ft), whereas the highest lift in Didveli reaches 2,702 metres (8,865 ft).
The first ski base was opened in 1932. From Bakuriani to Kokhtagori Mountain (1.3 km) and Tskhratskaro Pass (3.5 km) there are ski lifts, ski tramps. There is artificial snowfall on Didveli skiing routes.
The climate of Bakuriani is transitional from humid maritime to relatively humid continental. (Köppen: Dfb) The winters are cold and experience significant snowfall while the summers are long and warm. Average annual temperature of the town is 4.3 °C. The average temperature in January is −7.3 °C while the average August temperature is 15 °C. The annual precipitation is 734 mm. The depth of snow from December to March is 64 cm. Bakuriani is also home to the Botanical Garden of the Georgian Academy of Sciences.
SIGHTS OF BAKURIANI
Bakuriani is one of Georgia’s best winter sports havens, and this resort town attracts families and professional athletes, with slopes suitable for everyone from beginners to expert snowboarders. Other activities include ice skating and snowmobile rentals, but the snow season usually lasts from November until March.
Didveli Resort is centrally located in Bakuriani, with a peak of 1,850 m. The mountain has 3 lifts, a funicular and 8 trails with several kilometers of trails, some of which are lit with LED strips.
Kokhta Mitarbi Resort
Kokhta-Mitarbi Resort residential complex houses are based on modern architectural solutions and the latest innovations in the field of construction. The buildings are designed to maintain an optimal indoor temperature at any time of the year. This is achieved by using Rockwool insulation stone wool for facade insulation, which is sheathed with natural wood on the outside. This approach will significantly improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
The dense coniferous forest surrounding the resort which is home to spruce and other types of trees that emit healing particles known to treat respiratory diseases and boost immunity.
The village of Daba is famous for having a mysterious church hidden inside a large cave, as well as for the mineral springs with unique healing properties in the small village of Tsagver.
Tourist activities here in the summer include; Horse riding, mountain biking, hiking and fishing.