Ski & Snow – The Other Side of Greece

By | May 1, 2013

by Nick (Athens, Greece)

Ski & Snow - The Other Side of Greece Welcome to Greece, the home of the gods of Mt. Olympus, the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, literature and Olympic games.

This country in southeastern Europe is well know for its islands and its fabulous seas. However, winter sports are also widely enjoyed in Greece, especially snowboarding and skiing. It isn’t any wonder, then, that there are around 21 ski resorts in Greece that cater to ski enthusiasts.

Ski Season

The winter season in Greece officially starts from December until the middle of April. The Greek ski resorts also choose to operate during these months, although there are some variations. The Tria Pente Pigadia Ski Resort in northern Greece, for instance, opens its slopes to resort guests as early as October and closes them on April.

The biggest, and arguably the most famous ski resort in Greece, the Parnassos Ski Center, on the other hand, opens on December but closes earlier, in March. The same is true with the Velouchi Ski Resort in Karpenisi, Central Greece.

Accessibility

Many of the ski resorts in Greece are accessible by car from the two largest cities, Athens and Thessaloniki. The closest to Athens, by far, are the Parnassos Ski Center and the Kalavryta Ski Center, which can be reached in around 3 hours by car. The second largest city, Thessaloniki is also not without a ski resort close by.

The closest, which is about 2 hours drive away, is the Kaimaktsalan Ski Resort, proudly perched on the third highest mountain in Greece, the Voras Mountains. The Falakros Ski Resort, which boasts four ski training schools on site, is only 170 km away from the city, while 178 km away on Mount Verno, is the Pisoderi Ski Resort.

Prices

Price is a great advantage of skiing in Greece. The amount you will spend for just a couple of days in the Italian slopes or the French ski resorts, sufficient for several days in a Greek ski resort. If also, you get your ski equipment using coupons like moosejaw.com coupon code or rock creek coupon codes your skiing trip in Greece will be extremely budget friendly.

Service Offerings

All ski resorts offer skiing lessons by competent and highly skilled ski instructors. There are also a number of activities that would be enjoyed by resort guests, like night skiing and snow mobiling. Most of ski resorts offer rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking, especially if the resort is located in places with areas of cultural, natural and historical background. Accommodations in these resorts range from modest lodgings and guesthouses to more luxurious chalets.

It is highly suggested that you first try to figure out what you want to get from your entire trip. A taste of culture? Some historical sightseeing? Or simply communing with nature? Once you’ve figured that out, you would find it easier to decide which ski resort would be best for you.

Nick loves Greece, because it combines the deep blue sea with the high snowy mountains.