Skiing and Ski Resorts in Greece
Information on the winter sports; from downhill, Alpine skiing to cross-country, snowboarding and heli skiing...
Did you know...
- Greece is the most mountainous country in Europe, with over 75 percent of its land covered by mountains
- There are more than 1,000 mountain peaks of over 2,000m in Greece
- There are more than 20 ski resorts in north and central Greece, as well as in the Peloponnese
Skiing in Greece
Winter sports in Greece are managed by the Hellenic Ski Federation, which oversees the resorts across the country and works to ensure that skiers in Greece comply with the rules and regulations for mountain conduct of the International Ski Federation.
The Greek ski season runs from December to May, depending on snow conditions.
Many resorts offer a combination of pistes for downhill and cross-country skiing. Heli-skiing is available in northern Greece at the Pisoderi ski resort (555 Km from Athens). A sport for the more advanced skier or snowboarder, a helicopter drops the skier or snowboarder at the top of an otherwise inaccessible slope.
- For the Pisoderi ski resort website: Click here (in Greek)
On the Slopes
Ski slopes - or pistes - are graded by difficulty:
very experienced skiers
Note: Yellow alpine routes are in a marked area, but are not groomed, are off-piste and unpatrolled.
Greek Ski Resorts
A lift-pass is needed to ski or snowboard in a resort. Passes are available for the day, for several days or on a seasonal basis. Lift-ticket prices usually go up on weekends, when resorts are more crowded. Proof of identity with a photograph may be needed when buying a lift pass.
Most resorts offer accommodation: hotels, apartments or chalets, and have shops selling or renting ski equipment. Most resorts also have ski schools for all levels.
Snowboarding is not as popular in Greece as it is in ski areas in Western Europe or the United States. Snowboarding is generally allowed at ski areas, though boarders will have to build their own jibs.