Foreign visitors have not been allowed into Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. This year, WM athletes get a white-carpet welcome.
While locals insist “everything is easy” in Georgia, Themel says some cultural aspects were rough on the crew. For starters, Themel says, Georgians claim they invented winemaking. The next logical invention, according to local lore, was singing and dancing and, of course, good food. “We skied and filmed for nine days out of 10,” Meier says. Yet his roughest experience was a hangover following dinner with some Tibilisi locals. “The people over there were incredibly nice and helpful,” he says. “We came in this country to ski, but also to meet and discover the culture. We were perfectly fulfilled.”