Guide To Skiing In Greece & 13 Best Greek Ski Resorts

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Written by our local expert Gabi

Gabi is an award-winning writer who lives on the Island of Crete in Greece. She is an expert in Greek travel and writes guides for the everyday traveler.

In the winter months, Greece transforms into a captivating realm of white mountains, pristine slopes, and world-class ski resorts. Nestled among its highest peaks, with guest houses offering cozy retreats, this Mediterranean paradise offers a unique twist on winter sports.

Join me as I guide you through the top 10 ski resorts in Greece, where you can carve through powder and explore the surrounding areas. Discover the allure of Greece’s winter season, where the scent of olive groves mingles with the thrill of downhill adventures.

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Best Ski Resorts In Greece

When we envision a holiday in Greece, we often conjure images of sun-kissed beaches and picturesque islands. But did you know that Greece offers a hidden winter wonderland, a well-kept secret for those seeking snowy adventures amidst its stunning landscapes?

Central Greece boasts some of the country’s most remarkable skiing destinations. You can trade the azure waters for spectacular views of snow-covered peaks. From the towering splendor of Greece’s highest mountain to the serene charm of the White Mountains, there’s a ski resort to suit every preference.

Prepare to embark on a journey that combines tradition, world-class skiing, and breathtaking scenery as I unveil the best places to ski in Greece.

What To Expect From A Ski Holiday In Greece

The famous snowed mountain of Parnassos with popular ski resort covered up in snow and unique nature, cable cabins, car parking, Voiotia, Greece
The famous snowed mountain of Parnassos with popular ski resort covered up in snow and unique nature, cable cabins, Voiotia, Greece.

Contrary to what you might expect, some of Greece’s most important ski centers can be really popular and, therefore, fully booked during the cold season, especially in well-known places such as Mount Parnassos.

Christmas Holidays here are a favorite among the locals who are used to visiting the ski center during the weekend.

On the other hand, there are lesser-known ski centers scattered around the country that can be more convenient to visit as there are fewer crowds on the slopes while accommodation prices are more affordable.

Another important thing to remember is that travelers can rent all the necessary equipment at the ski resorts, making it easier to travel light, even during winter.

Where To Ski In Greece: 10 Ski Resorts In Greece

In no particular order, these are some of the best Greece ski resorts you can visit in Greece during your winter vacation.

1. Mount Parnassos Ski Center – Biggest Ski Resort

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Open from December to May, Parnassos Ski Center is Greece’s most popular ski destination. It is conveniently close to Athens (about two hours) and quite close to the beautiful archaeological site of Delphi.

Featuring two peaks, Kellaria (1750 m) and Fterolakas (1950 m), the center features 13 lifts to 19 ski runs plus three runs for beginners, seven ski routes, and ten trails.

Often portrayed as the best-organized ski destination in the country, people enjoy the comfort of the two cafe-chalets, ski and snowboard schools, dedicated stores for equipment rental, and special activities devoted to kids, making it a great family winter destination.

Parnassos For Kids

Gerondovrachos is another popular area in Parnassos, relatively smaller than the centers at the other peaks. It features three lifts, one for children, as well as four downhill runs.

Where To Stay In Parnassos

Fedriades Delphi Hotel

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If you are also visiting Delphi during your trip, it is a good idea to check out Fedriades Delphi Hotel. 

 

Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort

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Otherwise, the best choice is to stay in Arachova, one of the highest towns in Greece with picturesque countryside roads and dreamy winery landscapes.

Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort is an affordable 4-star venue in Arachova featuring cozy wooden interiors and a fantastic indoor heated pool.

 

2. Kalavryta

Kalavryta is another convenient ski resort in Greece as it is located about 2.5 hours from the capital of Greece. Kalavryta Ski Center can be found on Mount Helmos (2340 m) in the Peloponnese region, and it is considered the second-largest ski resort in the country.

The center features 12 slopes with varying difficulty (including two challenging slopes, two intermediate ones, and eight easy ones). There are seven ski lifts and particular areas devoted to snowboarding and extreme sports. Visitors can enjoy cafés, restaurants, ski equipment shops, and a ski school in the resort.

Where To Stay In Kalavryta

Filoxenia Hotel & Spa

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You can choose to stay in Kalavryta town, an enchanting village that fascinates adults and children alike with its small train that climbs the mountain to reach the railway station in Kalavryta. The village has excellent restaurants, shops, luxurious resorts, and family hotels.

Filoxenia Hotel & Spa is a very convenient place to stay in the area, near the central square of the old town.

 

Styga Mountain Resort

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Staying outside of town is also an option. Located only 14 kilometers from Kalavryta, Styga Mountain Resort is an excellent mountainside resort offering outstanding value for money.

 

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3. Kaimaktsalan

Kaimaktsalan is a ski resort that caters to winter enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or hitting the slopes for the first time, you’ll find diverse ski runs that promise an exhilarating experience.

From carving turns down challenging descents to leisurely gliding through scenic trails, Kaimaktsalan has something for everyone.

But the adventure doesn’t end on the snow; what sets this resort apart is its proximity to natural hot springs renowned for their therapeutic properties. After a day of carving up the mountain, there’s nothing like a soothing soak to relax those tired muscles.

Where To Stay In Kaimaktsalan

Rouga Mountain Boutique Suites & Spa

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Rouga Mountain Boutique Suites & Spa is conveniently located in the picturesque Palios Agios Athanasios, just 16 km away from the Kaimaktsalan ski center.

The hotel provides rooms that offer beautiful views of the slopes of Mount Voras, each featuring a fireplace and complimentary firewood.

The breakfast menu includes delicious traditional pies, homemade jams, and local specialties. Additional services, such as chocolate therapy and hot-stone massages, are available upon request for an additional fee.

You also have the option to rent ski equipment directly at the hotel.

 

Petrogonima

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Nestled in the charming village of Palaios Agios Athanasios, Petrogonima comes highly recommended for those seeking a cozy retreat. With traditionally decorated rooms and convenient ski equipment storage, it’s a perfect basecamp for your snowy escapades.

 

Kaimak Mountain Lodge

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If you prefer a mountain lodge experience, Kaimak Mountain Lodge in Panayítsa offers not only stunning mountain views but also easy access to both Loutra Pozar and the Kaimaktsalan ski resort.

 

4. Velouxi

This ski resort is in the heart of the region of Evrytania, only 10 kilometers from Karpenissi. It takes about 4 hours to reach the region from Athens, so this ski center is often preferred for more extended stays.

At Velouxi Ski Resort, visitors can take advantage of the six ski lifts that take them to 18 different slopes ranging from easy to complex.

The area features a chalet, a unique snowboard park, shops selling and renting ski and snowboard equipment, and a ski school. The ski center is on Mount Timfristos (2200 m).

Where To Stay In Velouxi Ski Center

Melegos Inn Hotel

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When visiting Evrytania, it’s a good idea to spend the nights in a hotel in Karpenissi or any of the nearby villages.

Melegos Inn Hotel is 2 kilometers from Karpenissi and offers beautiful hotel rooms with balconies overlooking the mountains. The suites also feature a fireplace and spa bath for further comfort.

 

5. Mount Pelion

One of Greece’s most famous ski centers is the region of Thessalia, in Mount Pelion (1500 m). Probably among the most stunning landscapes in Greece, Mount Pelion Ski Center is a year-round destination that you can also visit, even if skiing is not one of your interests.

As a matter of fact, besides forests, you will find spectacular beaches, quaint mountain villages, and — of course — the renowned Mount Pelion.

The ski center features five ski slopes, four lifts, and a chalet with restaurants, cafes, and accommodations. There is also a ski and snowboard school.

In the nearby area, visitors can explore the magnificent city of Volos, only 27 kilometers from the ski resort.

Where To Stay In Mount Pelion

Spitaki Mou

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Those spending their winter holidays in the area can check out the beautiful mountain villages in Pelion or even book a stay in one of the many hotels in Volos; this way, it will also be possible to discover the best that this city has to offer.

Spitaki Mou is a beautiful design apartment with top reviews and convenient fees.

 

6. Vasilitsa

This fantastic ski center is located about 45 kilometers from Grevena, standing at 2113 m on the Pindos Mountains. Often depicted as one of the top snowboard destinations in the south of Europe, this place attracts young tourists from every corner of the country… and the rest of the world!

Vasilitsa Ski Center boasts 16 fantastic ski runs with different difficulty levels, terrains, and two lifts.

About 200 kilometers from the northern city of Thessaloniki, the ski center is a must-see winter destination in northern Greece. The imposing Mount Olympus is also 200 kilometers away and can be seen from the summit of the Pindos Mountains.

The center features two chalets that offer accommodation, a bar, and a taverna, as well as shops to rent equipment.

Where To Stay In Vasilitsa

Kerasies Guesthouse

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The best nearby places include the area of Grevena and the smaller villages of Smixi and Vouvousa.

In this last town, Kerasies Guesthouse is a superb venue with every trait of the local architectural style. The property features stunning views of the Aoos River and Mount Avgo.

 

7. Metsovo

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Situated in Epirus, on the Pindos Mountains, Metsovo Ski Center is at 1650 m on Profiti Ilias Mountain, only 4 kilometers from Metsovo, an important town in northern Greece. The ski complex has three lifts, five slopes, and several kilometers of cross-country trails.

Ideal for families with its short and easy ski runs, Metsovo is often included among the best ski centers for beginners. Open from November through March, Metsovo has a unique artificial snow system available.

The chalet features a restaurant, a coffee shop, a shop to rent or buy equipment, and a ski school.

Where To Stay In Metsovo

Katogi Averoff Hotel & Winery

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If you are into skiing but also interested in local tastes and traditions, why not stay at a winery?

Katogi Averoff Hotel & Winery is a four-star venue featuring a wine bar, wine shop, and restaurant. Some rooms open out to a balcony with inspiring mountain views.

Here, you can visit the underground cellars of the famous winery or try traditional dishes by the fireplace of the dining room.

 

8. Pisoderi

The Pisoderi Ski Center stands in Vigia, on Mount Verno (1939 m), very close to the border with Albania. This prestigious resort features five lifts and 12 runs for snowboarding and skiing, including downhill ski slopes and cross-country ski trails. One of its runs is often showcased as the best one in Greece, made for Olympic standards.

Pisoderi is about 15 kilometers from Florina, a beautiful destination all on its own.

At the resort’s chalet, you can enjoy restaurants, cafes, shops, and accommodations. Considered one of the most modern ski centers in Greece, travelers here can take ski lessons, making it an excellent destination for beginners.

Where To Stay When Visiting Pisoderi

Spacious Stone Built Home

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Probably the wisest idea is to stay in Florina, where you can choose this Spacious Stone Built Home featuring a garden, barbecue facilities, and a terrace with river views.

This holiday home offers ski storage space, and it’s only 31 kilometers from the National Airport of Kastoria.

 

9. Tria Pente Pigadia (3-5 Pigadia)

Tria Pente Pigadia is a ski center on Mount Vermio (2005 m), about 17 km from the famous wine-making area of Naousa.

This is another ski resort in Greece where it is possible to enjoy artificial snow during milder winters. Four lifts, five slopes, and a generous offer of alternative activities, such as trekking, mountain biking, and paragliding, are available all year round.

On the southwestern side of the same mountain, the Seli National Ski Center has an impressive variety of slopes of different levels and lifts. The center has a chalet with restaurants, a ski school, a gym, a sauna, and cafeterias.

Where To Stay In The Area

Boutique Hotel Kokkino Spiti

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Boutique Hotel Kokkino Spiti is a restored 19th-century manor located along the banks of the Tripotamos River, and it is centrally located in Veria. The accommodation is also close to Vergina and Pella, while Thessaloniki International Airport is just 70 km away.

It would be a pity to visit these resorts without tasting Naousa’s exceptional wines or exploring the picturesque town of Veria. 

 

10. Mount Olympus – Elatochori Ski Center

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Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in Greece

Mount Olympus (2917 m) is Greece’s tallest and most famous mountain. On its northern slopes, the well-known Elatochori Ski Center is located. It features six slopes, two lifts, and a snowboarding and sled run.

The resort also features two ski schools, a shop to either rent or purchase adequate equipment for skiing, and a chalet. The resort is about 4 hours from Athens by car, and staying at the village of Elatohori is a winning idea.

Where To Stay In Elatohori

Atrion Highland Hotel

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Atrion Highland Hotel is a beautiful property set amidst a dense forest in the charming old village of Elatohori. It boasts an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna overlooking the mountains.

The hotel is 8 km from Elatohori Ski Centre and 36 kilometers from the town of Katerini Town. Thessaloniki International Airport is 112 kilometers away.

 

11. Menalon (Mount Mainalos)

Located in Arkadia, Peloponnese, this ski center features four lifts, reaching eight diverse slopes for your winter adventures. There is a local ski school and shops to rent or purchase snowboard and ski equipment.

Standing on Mount Mainalos (1600 m), the resort features a beautiful chalet with a guesthouse, a restaurant, and different cafeterias. Mount Mainalos Ski Center is open from early January until March, and it is a good destination from Athens both for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

In the region, it is also possible to devote some time to other sports, including hiking and kayaking on the Lousios River. The destination is ideal for families looking to introduce their kids to skiing and those of any age who are just beginning to ski.

Where To Stay In Mount Mainalos

Guesthouse Teloni

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When visiting Mount Mainalos, it’s a good idea to book accommodation in Vytina. The village has some comfortable guesthouses, pensions, and hotels, perfect for every budget.

For instance, Guesthouse Teloni is a beautiful venue featuring a lounge with a cozy fireplace where you can rest after a day at the ski center. It is located 7 kilometers from Mount Mainalos and only 20 kilometers from the picturesque village of Dimitsana.

 


12. Falakro Ski Center

Falakro Ski Center is your go-to spot if you’re itching for some skiing action without the overcrowded slopes you might find elsewhere. Located in the northeastern part of Greece, this ski resort boasts a variety of runs that cater to both beginners and seasoned skiers.

With an elevation that reaches up to 2,232 meters, Falakro offers stunning views and reliable snow conditions throughout the season. The center is equipped with 9 lifts, ensuring that you spend more time gliding down the slopes than waiting in line. 

What sets Falakro apart is its balance of challenging runs for the adrenaline junkies and gentler slopes for those just getting their ski legs. Plus, the on-site amenities, including a ski school, rental shops, and cozy cafes, make it a convenient choice for families, groups of friends, or solo travelers looking for a day (or more) in the snow.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker aiming to conquer every black diamond run or a family looking to introduce the little ones to the joys of skiing, Falakro Ski Center has something for everyone. So, gear up and get ready to carve up some fresh powder at Falakro – it’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

13. Kalavrita Ski Center

Kalavrita Ski Center, perched on the slopes of Mount Helmos in the Peloponnese, is a winter sports haven that’s often flying under the radar but packs a punch for ski enthusiasts and families alike. With its diverse range of slopes, it caters to both the adrenaline junkie looking to carve down black runs and the newbie on skis, finding their balance on gentler slopes.

Not just about skiing, Kalavrita offers snowboarding, a snow park, and even a play area for those who prefer to tackle the snow in a less conventional manner. The center boasts modern facilities, including a chalet where you can warm up with a hot drink and enjoy breathtaking mountain views. It’s the kind of place where you can challenge yourself on the slopes by day and cozy up by a fire by night.

Ideal for families seeking a snowy retreat or groups of friends looking for their next ski adventure, Kalavrita Ski Center promises an exhilarating experience without the crowds of more well-known resorts.

Ski In Greece FAQS

SKIING GREECE FAQs

Where are the best ski resorts in Greece located?

Greece’s top ski resorts are nestled in various mountain ranges, including Mount Parnassus, the Pindos Mountain Range, and the Kaimaktsalan Ski Center in northwestern Greece.

What is the highest ski resort in Greece?

Mount Parnassus Ski Center, located at the highest altitude, offers excellent skiing opportunities with soft white snow and breathtaking views.

When is the ski season in Greece?

The ski season in Greece typically runs from December to the beginning of March, depending on the resort and weather conditions.

Are there ski resorts near major cities?

Yes, several ski resorts are conveniently located near cities. For example, the Kalavrita Ski Center is easily accessible from Athens.

Do Greek ski resorts offer amenities like guest houses and snack bars?

Yes, many ski resorts in Greece have guest houses, snack bars, and even restaurants, providing a range of accommodations and dining options for visitors.

What kind of outdoor activities can I enjoy besides skiing?

Greece’s ski resorts offer a range of outdoor activities, including snow tubing, ski touring, and exploring nearby archaeological sites.

Are there options for beginners and families with children?

Absolutely! Many ski resorts in Greece have mini beginner runs, baby lifts, and ski schools, making them family-friendly destinations.

Is parking available at Greek ski resorts?

Yes, most ski resorts in Greece provide parking lots for visitors, ensuring easy access to the slopes.

Are there mountain refuges for adventurous skiers?

Yes, some resorts offer mountain refuges for those looking to explore the backcountry and enjoy the wilderness.

Can I find wooden chalets for a cozy winter stay?

Yes, some ski resorts in Greece offer wooden chalets, providing a perfect place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

How do Greek ski resorts compare to other European destinations?

Greece’s ski resorts may not be as well-known as their European counterparts, but they offer a unique blend of beautiful scenery, good food, and a good time for adventure lovers.

What are some popular destinations for skiing in Greece?

Some popular ski centers in Greece include Parnassos Ski Center, Kalavrita Ski Resort, and Kaimaktsalan Ski Center, among others.

What makes Greece a unique skiing destination?

Greece’s ski resorts offer a mix of ancient history, stunning landscapes, and excellent skiing conditions, making it a beautiful and unique country for winter sports enthusiasts.

Explore the spectacular Greek mountains and enjoy an unforgettable skiing experience in this captivating southeastern European destination. 🗻❄️🏂

 

Comments (7)

  1. Your posts are breathtaking! They truly capture the essence of each place. I appreciate the effort you put into sharing your journey visually. It’s the perfect blend of storytelling and imagery that transports readers to different corners of the world.

  2. What a great article!

    Gabi, I was wondering if there’s any cross-country skiing in Greece? Seems like an obvious thing for the resorts to be doing.

    1. Greece’s mountainous terrain and winter snowfalls in certain regions make it suitable for winter sports, including cross-country skiing. Some areas known for cross-country skiing in Greece include:

      Here are the places in Greece where you can enjoy cross-country skiing:

      1. Mount Parnassos
      2. Vasilitsa
      3. Pertouli Ski Center
      4. 3-5 Pigadia
      5. Metsovo Ski Center

  3. Have you heard about Kalavryta? It’s an awesome ski center in Greece, right on the slopes of Mt Helmous. The place is covered in fir trees – absolutely stunning.It’s just a 2 and a half hour drive from Athens, straight into the Peloponnese. Seriously, it’s one of the best spots for skiing in the whole country. You should totally plan a trip there sometime!

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