Half awake, we reach the Kutaisi airport in western Georgia at 4am. Waiting for us there is Nick Phaliani, our local contact, taxi driver, guide, host, and all-around organizing pro. A bumpy minivan ride brings us to Mestia, our base for the coming ten days. Sunshine; fresh, deep snow; and a magnificent panorama greet us. A little sleep deprivation seems like a pretty fair trade-off. We head out immediately to the ski resort at Tetnuldi. The only chairlift isn’t working. We learn replacement parts have to be sent from France, which will take weeks. Luckily we have our ski skins with us, because at the top of the lift a massive northside bowl with uncountable freeride runs stretches out before us. It snowed the day before and the snow is stable, so let the fun begin!