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Skiing in Greece

When most people think of Greece they imagine islands with small white houses and a background of blue sea and sky. But Greece is a land of mountains, some of them quite high and just like in the Alps, the Rockies, the Poconos and the Catskills, when the winter months come along, the high elevations see snow, sometimes quite a lot of it. Though the ski slopes of Greece are no secret to Greeks and many Europeans, they are unknown to Americans and most other people around the world. It's a shame too because imagine that you can combine a Greek Island cruise or meals of grilled octopus and fried kalamari with a weekend of skiing and even throw in a visit to the Acropolis, the famous nightlife of Athens or a journey to Delphi.
There are a number of ways to approach a Ski Holiday in Greece. One way is to do a ski package through Trekking Greece. They take care of all the details and offer different combinations which can also include islands, day-trips and of course Athens.You can also book through another agent or on your own and do day or overnight trips to the ski centers by car rental or by using George the Famous Taxi driver.

But however you do it, a trip to Greece in the low season, whether you are skiing or hiking the trails or hanging out on the coast watching the fishing boats as life returns to normal after the tourist season, you will find it not only less expensive then high-season travel, but a richer and more rewarding experience.

Peloponessos

See also www.greecetravel.com/peloponessos

Kalavrita
Mount Helmos
Kalavryta Ski Centre 1650m-2340m
Slopes: 4
Lifts: 7
Open Mon-Sun from 8:30 to 4
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 500 persons, parking, doctor, ski rental
Distance: 14km from Kalavryta. 200 kms from Athens (about 2.5 hours from Athens)
tel (26920)-22661
fax (26920)-22415
For more on Kalvrita see www.greecetravel.com/kalavrita
Mount Menalo
Ostrakina 1600m
Slopes: 5
Lifts: 3
Distance: 30km from Tripolis, (about 3 hours from Athens)
tel (27960)-22227

Central Greece

Mountain Parnassos
Kellaria 1750m, Fterolakas 1950m
Slopes: 3-easy, 6-medium, 5-difficult, 1-very difficult, 1-cross country
Lifts: 13
Open: Mon to Sunday from 8:30 to 3:30
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurants for 500 people(Kellaria) and 300 people(Fterolaka), parking, doctor, babysitting,
Distance: 24km from Arachova (about 3 hours from Athens)
Tel: (22340)-22694-5
Fax (22340)-22596
This is Greece's most popular ski center since it is only about two hours from Athens and very close to Delphi. For more on Delphi see www.greecetravel.com/delphi
Agriolefkes, Pelion
Pelion Mountain, 1500m
Slopes: 3 ,One Cross-country
Lifts: 4
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 150 persons. Chalet Accommodations for 80 persons, parking, doctor, ski rentals
Open Mon-Sun from 9 to 4.
Distance: 27kms from Volos (about 4 hours from Athens)
Tel (24280) 73719
Fax (24280) 73719
See also www.greecetravel.com/pelion
Karpenisi, Mountain Velouchi
Diabolotopos 1800m
Slopes: 3
Lifts: 5
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 300 people. Chalet accommodation for 96 people, parking, doctor, ski rental, ski school, bars
Distance: 12km from Karpenisi. (about 4 hours from Athens)
Tel (22370)-21112
Fax (22370)-23506

Thessaly

Mount Olympos
Vrysopoules 1800m,
Slopes: 2
Lifts: 2
Distance:40km from Elassona.
Special permission is required for  non-Greek citizens as the place is run by the army.
Facilities: Chalet accommodations for 50 people, military doctor, military helicopter pad
Tel (24930)-23467

Macedonia

See also www.greecetravel.com/macedonia

Mount Vermio
Seli 1500m
Slopes: 8 and 1 cross-country
Lifts: 7
Distance: 22km from Veroia.(96kms from Thessaloniki)
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 800 people, 
chalet accommodations for 600 people, parking, doctor, ski rental
Open Mon-Sun 9 to 4
Tel 23320-71234
Tria-pente Pigadia 1420-2005m
Slopes: 5
Lifts: 4
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 400 people, chalet accommodations, 
parking, doctor, ski rental
tel (23320)-44464
Fax (23320)-44985
Mounta Vasilitsa
Vasilitsa 1750m
Slopes: 4
Lifts: 3
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 300 people, chalet accommodations for 30 people, parking, doctor, ski rental
Open Mon-Sun 9 to 3
Distance 45km from Grevena
tel (24620)-26100
Fax (24620)-28001
Mount Kaimaktsalan
Vorras 2050-2480m
ski slopes:13+
snowboard slopes:1(Snowboard Fun Park)
Lifts: 7
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 400 people, accommodations for 46 people, parking, doctor, ski rental, Austrian Ski school, snow bar, snowmobile rental, bus service
Open November-May, Mon-Fri from 9 to 4
Distance: 45Km north of Edessa
tel:23810-82169 (chalet)
Fax (23810) 24359
Mount Verno
Verno Vigla  Pissoderiou 1650m
Slopes: 4
Lifts: 3
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant, accommodations
Distance:18km from Florina
tel (23850)-22354
fax (23850)-29939

Vitsi, Katoria
Mount Verno, Vitsi 1610-1875m
Slopes: 5, 1 cross-country
Lifts: 3
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 250 people, parking, doctor, ski rental
Open Sat, Sun and Holidays
Distance: 18kms from Kastoria
Tel (24670)-24884 or 83927
Fax (24670) 24884
Orphea Valley
Mount Paggaio 1750m,
Slope: 1 (400m)
Lift: 1
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 300 people, chalet accommodations for 60 people, parking, pharmacy
Distance: 44km from Kavala
Tel (051)-223938
Fax (051)-232429
Mount Falakro
Agio Pnevma 1720m
Slopes: 3
Lifts: 2
Open weekends and holidays from 10 to 4
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 120 people, chalet accommodations for 70 people, parking, ski rental, scooter rental, ski school
Distance: 43 km from Drama.
Tel (25210) 23691
Fax (25210) 33484
Mount Vrontous
Lailias Serres 1600m,
slope: 1
Lifts: 2
Distance: 27km from  Serres.
Facilities: Chalet accommodations
Tel (23210) 53790
Fax (23210) 23724

Epirus

Mount Pindos, Metsovo
Karakoli 1350m
slope 1 easy
lift: 1
Facilties: Cafeteria and restaurants for 100 people, parking, doctor, ski rental
Distance:2Km from Metsovo, 90 kms from Trikala
Open Mon-Sun from 9:30 to 3:45
tel (26560)-41211
Fax (26560)-41876
Profiti Ilias, Metsovo
Mount Pindos, Politses Metsovou 1420-1650m
Slopes: 3 easy, 1 medium, 1 difficult,
lifts: 3
Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 250 people, parking, doctor, ski rental
Distance:2Km from Metsovo, 90 kms from Trikala
Tel (26560) 41095 or 42630
Fax (26560) 41095

More Info

Hellenic Ski Federation
7 Kar Servias
Athens Greece
Tel: 210 323-4412
Fax:210 323-0142

Hellenic Federation of
Mountaineering and Climbing

5 Millioni Str
Athens, Greece
Tel: 210 364-5904
Fax: 210 364-4687

Suggested ways of planning your Ski trip to Greece:

Keep in mind that just like where you live (maybe) Greece's winter season begins in December. Some of the mountains have snow on them in November but don't count on it. 

You can contact Dolphin Hellas, who also can arrange ski trips, at www.greecetravel.com/dolphinhellas

You can do weekend or day trips to ski in Parnassos and Kalavrita or weekends to Pelion with George the Famous Taxi Driver or one of his crew.
Contact him through his website at
www.greecetravel.com/taxi

You can also rent a jeep from Swift Rent-a-Car and make the ski and hotel arrangements yourself or through a travel agency. See www.greektravel.com/swift

For hotels in Skiing areas see www.hotelsofgreece.com and through Booking.com by clicking on the link and putting in your dates.

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