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With its rugged landscape of rocky peaks, virgin slopes and breathtaking vistas, Georgia's most isolated region, Upper Svaneti, is a magnet for skiers and even hopes to host the Winter Olympics one day. Famous for its ancient villages dotted with stone watchtowers, forested gorges and alpine valleys, this tiny Caucasus region is one of the highest and most remote settlements in Europe.The slopes of Svaneti, where a ski season lasts for as long as six to seven months a year, are especially popular with skiers.Magda Sanikidze, a spokeswoman for Georgia's Mountain Resorts Development Company, said that over the past five years the government had seen explosive growth in the number of foreign tourists.
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