Winter Sports in Greece

If you are interested in Winter Sports in Greece, you have a lot of options to choose from. Greece is a perfect place for winter sports and popular as well . The geography of Greece is dominated by the mountains. In the northern part of the country, there are the Pindus Mountains, which is situated in the north and up to the south of the Gulf of Patra. In the southern part of the country there are Peloponnesus Mountains. The presence of these mountains has made the country a perfect place for winter sports. You can find different types of Winter Sports in Greece. Most of the Winter Sports in Greece are very popular among its citizens. Many tourists from all over the world are also interested in the Winter Sports in Greece. Every year, a huge number of tourists from every part of the world come to visit the country and enjoy the Winter Sports in Greece.

The Winter Sports in Greece are basically meant for the people who are interested in adventure sports and more specifically, for the people who love adventure and at the same time, the nature. The Winter Sports in Greece offers alot to the tourism of Greece. Not only the Greeks, but also a large number of tourists from Europe come to this country to enjoy the Winter Sports. As a result, it helps Greece to earn a good amount of money from the foreign tourists and helps to strengthen the economy of the country and its growth.

TThe Winter Sports industry in Greece is a growing industry. Though the first ski center in the country was designed in 1954 in Seli of Vermio, the essential growth was seen in the 1990s. During this time, the skiing became more popular to the Greeks. But the growth started without any strategic planning. But nowadays, the Government of Greece is paying proper attention to it in order to attract more tourists in the country. Currently, there are about 20 skiing centers in the country, where more than 250,000 visitors come annually.

Racing Ski

Racing Ski is one of the most popular Winter Sports in Greece. There are three types of racing ski in Greece: Alpine Ski, Classic or Nordic Ski, and the Freestyle Ski. In Alpine Ski, the participants go down the hill-side with great speed. The skiers use ‘sandals’ which are not more than 2 meters of length. In Classic Ski, there is a contest of big distance jumps from the starting block. The skiers use ‘skis’ which have a length of 2.6 meters. The Freestyle Ski is the combination of acrobatic jumps and figures.

Snowboard

This type of the sport is a combination of speed, acrobatic figures, and spectacular jumps. Snowboard was included in the Olympic games in 1998. There are different types of Snowboard: Slalom and Giant Slalom, Parallel and Giant Parallel Slalom, Super G, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross etc.
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Most pupular sites are:

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


Mount Menalo
Ostrakina 1600m
Slopes: 5
Lifts: 3
Distance: 30km from Tripolis, (about 3 hours from Athens)
tel (27960)-22227

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.

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

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

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

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

Mount 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, Kastoria
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

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

For 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

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