Many people don’t think that it’s possible to ski in Greece, but it is. Since Greece is promoted mostly for its beaches and history, the ski areas are left in semi-obscurity. Many avid skiers don’t know about them and you won’t find too many foreign skiers on the Greek slopes.
There are 14 ski areas in Greece of which the largest and most popular is Parnassos. Compared to the rest of Europe, the ski passes and accommodation are cheaper while the scenery is breathtaking.
The ski season in Greece
The ski season starts in December and ends in March or mid-April, depending on the region.
Ski areas in Greece
Some of the ski areas in Greece are:
- Kaimaktsalan: a free bus service links the resort with Thessaloniki (10 people minimum). The ski pass for the weekend costs €17 and for the weekdays costs €12. The resort is located at 140 km (87 miles) from Thessaloniki. Currently skiing is possible in this resort.
- Pisoderi: there are 10 slopes (including a baby slope) and 5 lifts and many other facilities. A new slope, the longest in Greece, will be opened this year. The annual card costs €80 (€50 for students), while the daily pass on weekends and holidays costs €13. The daily pass on weekdays costs €10. Currently skiing is possible in this resort.
- Elatochori: located at 105 km (65 miles) from Thessaloniki, the resort offers 5 tracks, 3 lifts, a chalet, renting store, ski school and other facilities. A day card during high season costs €17.
- Parnassos: is the largest and most popular ski resort in Greece, located at just 180 km (112 miles) from Athens. The ski pass for the entire weekend costs €27 and a ski pass for weekdays costs only €12.
- Kalavrita: is one of the most organized ski resorts in Greece. There are 12 slopes, 7 lifts and other facilities. The resort is located at 203 km (126 miles) from Athens.
- Seli: there are 16 slopes, 9 lifts and other facilities. The resort is located at 95 km (59 miles) from Thessaloniki
- Pigadia: there are 10 slopes, 7 skis, artificial snow installation and a hotel. The resort is quite close to Thessaloniki (108 km/67 miles)
- Vasilitsa: there are 16 slopes and 7 lifts. The ski pass for the weekend costs €13 and for the weekdays costs only €10. The resort is located very close to the town of Grevena (45 km/28 miles)
- Karpenissi: there are 11 slopes, 6 lifts, a chalet, ski school, store for renting ski equipment and other facilities. The resort is located near the town of Karpenisi and quite close to Lamia (78 km / 48 miles)
- Lailias: there are 3 slopes and 3 lifts, a chalet, a ski and snowboarding school and other facilities. The resort if located near Thessaloniki (110 km / 68 miles).
- Falakro: there are 20 slopes and 9 lifts but the centre is opened from Thursdays to Sundays and on all national holidays. The resort is located at 200 km (124 miles) from Thessaloniki.
- Pertouli: is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in Greece, offering 3 slopes and 3 lifts.
- Metsovo: there are three ski centers around Metsovo: Politsies Area, Karakoli Area and Zygos Area. There are easy slopes in the Politsies Area, as well as ski schools and rental stores.
Skiing is also possible in the following areas: Pilio, Mainalo, Gerontovrachos, Olympos, Chrisoelafi, Vitsi and Paggaio.
For a detailed snow report and for information about which lifts and slopes are opened in the resorts, check out more details here.