The Georgians, you see, take their drinking very seriously indeed. This is the country, after all, which invented wine making 8,000 years ago. In the intervening years they’ve had plenty of opportunity to perfect the arts of both viticulture and drinking. In fact, you could say that wine is a national pastime. A carafe of good locally produced wine in one of the slope-facing bars will set you back around £3-£4, and you’ll usually get a round of beers for a fiver. The national dish -- khachapuri -- is a molten mass of cheese and egg upon a pizza-like base, and quite the perfect reward for a tiring day boarding or skiing. It puts a fondue to shame and as you’re on vacation it is absolutely, 100% calorie free (in our dreams).
If you want hundreds of kilometres of perfectly pisted slopes, refreshed each night by snow cannons, and to be surrounded by well-heeled Brits who had bit parts in Made in Chelsea, Gudauri’s not for you. But if it’s the mountains which are the real draw, you’re as happy off-piste as on, and you want to spend your nights partying for a song, you can’t do any better than this.
Traffic Travel (www.traffictravel.ge) has seven-night ski packages in Georgia from £650, which includes half board hotel accommodation, transfers, ski passes, and boot and ski hire. Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com) flies from London to Kutaisi return from £48.
Words by Steph Adams & Sophie Ibbotson