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Ski in Greece Mount Parnassus.
Making tracks in the snowy Med ...Many don't put ''Greece'' and ''ski'' together in the same sentence, but cold weather aficionados have known for years (since 1928 in fact) that alpine wonderlands around the south Mediterranean's mountainous regions are nothing to be sniffed at. When the cold sets in from December to April and even later up north, ski and snowboard fans alike will be up at the crack of dawn making their way to one of 20- odd Grecian hills that are cheaper than their north European counterparts, in large part because the vast majority are run by municipalities and local alpine clubs. The latter have helped care for the nation's winter heavens more than 70 ears under the Hellenic Ski Federation umbrella.
While some may not be of Swiss Alpine statue, the ski centers in the mountains of Greece are all respectable altitudes, ranging from 1400= to over 2400 meters - well within the range of many of the best resorts world-wide. Even with the effects of global warming, scientists (and global-makers) now reckon that 1,500 meters is the critical altitude or ''snow line'' where winter temperatures should remain at or below freezing. You can view our portfolio of photos here... Please share this website with your friends.
The heart of Greek winter beats on snow-covered mountain tops, where ski enthusiasts –craving for adventure– can experience the sought-after intensity and adrenaline rush. Escape in an idyllic white mountain setting where the cold mountain air puts human will and endurance to the test!
Skiing (and its alternative version, snowboarding) is undoubtedly the “king” of extreme sports; an exciting pastime offering a unique sense of freedom as the human body becomes attuned to the elements and forces of nature. Skiing appeared for the first time in Greece in the 1920’s and has had rising numbers of devoted fans ever since. Today, after almost a century, countless adventure seekers turn the snow–covered mountain slopes across the country into “hot places” what with their passion and skill!
Although Greece is a country where the sun shines most of the year, it can also boast some very good skiing resorts with ultra modern facilities that can satisfy even the most demanding skiers, offering an unforgettable experience down spectacular ski runs where the beauty of the alpine landscape is guaranteed to take your breath away.Enjoy a ski run in some of the best known skiing resorts of the country, and feast your eyes on the beauty of snow-clad mountaintops as you experience an overwhelming feeling of freedom.
About skiing and other feel-good stories on Mt. Parnassos.Wax your skis and travel fast on the highest mountains in Greece. In the beautiful surroundings of a National Park you can glide down icy mountain slopes where Greek mythology was created. On Mt. Parnassos, Zeus granted Deukalion’s wishes and the human race was created anew. Cross the runs on a mountain that stole the glory from Mt. Olympus as it was linked with the worship of god Apollo, and the establishment of the Oracle of Delphi.
Greece Taxi Private tour takes you to Parnassus, the biggest Ski resort in Greece.
Ski Centers of Parnassus. This ski center is located in Central Greece, on the slopes of Parnassos Mountain. Constructed in 1976, the resort, regarded as the best resort for skiing in Greece, has two sites, Fterolakka and Kelaria, both of which offer some of the most adrenaline-pumping and extreme skiing experiences in the country. The resort is open everyday from December through March. The installations in Fterolakka are located at an altitude of 1600 meters, while Kelaria starts from 1750 meters. Both the ski sites terminate in Toumborachi, at an altitude of 2300 meters.
There is a total of 17 ski sites on the resort and they offer different levels of difficulty to suit both the amateur as well the highly experienced skiers. There are 13 lifts commuting between the base and the chalets. The resort is about 2 hours drive from Athens. Take the national road connecting to Lamia, passing from Thebes. Then follow the route towards Livadia and then to Arachova, which is 25 km from the resort.
Here are some of the ski runs you could chose to enter and cross, depending on your chosen level of difficulty:
Downhill ski runs at Kellária:
(a) Aphrodite (no 1): A blue, 1,500m long ski trail that leads to the chalet.
(b) Odysseus (no 8): A challenging 800m red run, maybe black at some points. The most difficult piste of the area that experienced skiers really love to cross.
(c) Hermes (no 11): A definitely blue run 700m in length.
(d) Run (no 16): Starting from the Zeus lift at Fterólakka, this run ends at the starting point of the chair lift Hermes at Kellária. It is actually a blue snow trail 1,400m in length.
(e) The runs Telemachus (no 3) and Pericles (no 15) are ideal for an early-in-the-morning warm-up.
(f) If you are just interested in taking up skiing lessons, experienced ski instructors waiting to show you the ropes at the two baby runs (120m & 50m in length) of the ski resort.
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(a) Hera (no 7) & Pan (no 10): Two of the blue runs which are perfect for the beginners.
(b) Run no 7a: A really difficult red 850m long run. One of the most beautiful runs winding through the heart of a dense spruce forest.
(c) Charioteer (no 6): A red run widely known for its high degree of difficulty, and a great favourite for Greek skiers (1,000m in length). Together with the run “Bacchus (no 2a)” they are both approved by the International Ski Federation.
(d) Pythia (no 14): If you have completed the beginner’s level, this blue run is the most suitable for you.
(e) Sahara (no 22): On Mt. Parnassos, this run brings to mind the biggest desert in the world! In fact, it has been described as the best red run at the ski resort. This 1,000m long piste links Kellária with Fterólakka, and can also be reached by the Zeus lift.
Parnassos Ski Resort
The slopes of Mount Parnassus are composed of two ski sections, Kellaria and Fterolakka, which together make up the largest ski center in Greece. A smaller ski center (only two drag lifts) called Gerontovrahos is across a ridge from Kellaria. Parnassus is mined for its abundant supply of bauxite which is converted to aluminium oxide and then to aluminium
The construction of the ski resort started in 1975 and was completed in 1976, when the first two drag lifts operated in Fterolaka. In 1981 the construction of a new ski area was completed in Kelaria, while in winter season 1987–1988 the chair lift Hermes started operating and connected the two ski areas. Both ski resorts continued expanding and in 1993 the first high-speed quad in Greece was installed, named Hercules. In 2014–2015 two new hybrid lifts were installed along with a new eight-seater, replacing the old infrastructure.
Today the Ski Center operates with 16 lifts, two hybrid ski lifts which combine an eight-seater Cabin and a six-seater chair, an eight-seater Cabin, a 4-seater chair lift, a 2-seater chair lift, 6 drag lifts and four baby lifts. The ski center boasts 25 marked ski runs and about 15 ski routes of 36 km (22 mi) total length while the longest run is 4 km (2 mi).
Daily: Visit Delphi (one day tour up to 9 hours)
Delphi Sites & Museums: Summer: daily, 8.00 to 20.00. Winter: 8.00 to 17.00 Last entry 30 min before closing.
Entrance fee to Site & Museum 12 Euro.
Closed on Holidays: January 1st. , March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00.
Highlights of Mount Parnassus