"High mountains and extensive terrain, reliable snow and powder days are not enough to make it [Goderdzi Pass] a new winter holiday destination," said Thomas Gould, Senior Associate of the HOK Planning Group.
Pass needs proper infrastructure and strategy to become an international winter resort.
The territory has a wonderful location and definitely HOK
sees great potential in developing Goderdzi Pass as a year-round destination."
said that HOK
as a destination which can attract visitors at all seasons, thus building on the existing popularity of Batumi as a summer destination.
said that HOK plans to take a holistic approach to devising the master plan, considering environmental, economic and social challenges.
also plans to provide expertise in the planning, urban design, architecture and engineering of Goderdzi's
The Goderdzi Pass master plan is HOK's
first project in Georgia.
HOK's official webpage says that since the firm's founding in 1955 it has developed into one of the world's largest, most diverse and respected design practices.
"The HOK Group
has participated in some of the world's most complex projects and has years of experience in designing modern skiing resorts worldwide," Gould
"Ecosign, from Whistler, Canada will be providing technical ski advice to ensure we will have great winter sports facilities.
Our project team has worked on mountain resort projects in Canada, USA, Japan and Kazakhstan, to name just a few."
Situated 90 kms from Batumi, Goderdzi Pass rests 2,500 metres above sea level and can serve more than 12,000 tourists.
The territory is surrounded by pine and mixed forests and is rich in pure streams.
said that approximately 250 hectares of skiable terrain exhibits all the necessary characteristics needed to fulfill the requirements of a modern ski station.