Best Ski Resorts in Greece: The Complete Guide

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You may wonder what I am talking about when I say ski Resorts in Greece, right? Does it ever really get cold in Greece?

It might come as a surprise to you but Greece is not just popular for summer vacations. Greece is also a spectacular winter destination with numerous outdoor activities.

A very popular activity between Greeks of all ages is skiing the high and steep Greek mountains which cover 80% of the country’s land (yes, Greece has many many mountains!).

The snow season in Greece usually starts in December and continues well till March. Sometimes, while I hike late May or even early June a high mountain, I can still see the snowy northern peaks.

There are 19 organized ski resorts in Greece and most of the ski centers are located near important historic sites such as the Delphi and the Parnassos ski resort.

I mention firstly the ski resorts in the south of Greece, in Peloponnese, then the central ones in the mainland of Greece, and finally the northern Greek ski resorts.

I also provide information on where to stay, and what are the best sites to visit around the ski resorts.

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Ski Resorts in Peloponnese Greece (3)

Kalavrita Ski Center Chelmos Mt

  • Kalavrita is the biggest ski resort in the Peloponnese, 187 km from Athens. It has 8 lifts, 13 slopes and a snowboard track at Vathia Lakka, with rails and half pipes.

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  • Chelmos Mt is at 1700 m. The slopes are 20 km long, available for all ski levels of ski
  • There is a chalet, ski training and gear renting shops availabe

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Chalet in the Forest

Mainalo Ski Center Ostrakina

  • Ostrakina is a plain on Mainalo Mt at 1600 m in Arkadia region, 162 km from Athens. It has 3 lifts and 7 slopes surrounded by beautiful fir trees

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  • There is a chalet for snacks and hot chocolate, ski training and gear renting shops
  • Decidated area for snowmobiles and snowtubes

What to Visit

  • Kapsia Caves
  • Mantineia & Orchomenos Archaeological Sites
  • Vytina Village

Where to Stay

Ostrakina Ski Resort

Ziria Ski Center

  • Ziria Mt is 160 km from Athens and just 10 km from the traditional village of Trikala Corinthias. It is a small ski center at 1500 m with 2 lifts and 2 slopes, ideal for beginner skiers and families

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  • There is a chalet with a large open terrace overlooking the slope, perfect to sit when the sun is out
  • Inside the chalet you can rent ski gear, snowmobiles or organize mount ski for groups

What to Visit

  • Trikala Korinthias
  • Doxas & Dasiou Lakes
  • Vytina Village

Where to Stay

Ziria Ski Resort

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Central Greece Ski Resorts (3)

Parnassos Ski Center Fterolakka & ​Kellaria

  • Parnassos ski Resort is the most organized and cosmopolitan ski center in Greece. It is located 182 km north of Athens in impressive nature. It has 13 modern lifts and 23 slopes. Liakoura Peak is at 2457m

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  • There are 2 connected centers, 1 in Fterolakka and 1 in Kellaria, both with chalets.
  • There are plenty shops to rent or buy ski gear, restaurants and cafes
  • Nightlife in Arachova village

What to Visit

  • Delphi Archaeological Site
  • Hosios Loukas Monastery
  • Arachova

Where to Stay

Parnassos Ski Resort

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Velouchi Ski Center

  • Velouchi ski resort is 284 km northwest of Athens and 12 km from Karpenisi town. It has 5 lifts and 15 slopes at 1850 m height.

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  • There is a chalet, shops to rent or buy ski gear, restaurants and cafes
  • Ski training for both adults and children
  • Best night ski slopes in Greece – for night ski lovers.

What to Visit

  • Karpenissi Town
  • Dragon Lake
  • Hike Tymfristos Mt (peak at 2315 m)

Where to Stay

Velouchi Ski Resort

Pelion Ski Center Agriolefkes

  • Pelion Ski Center is 346 km north of Athens and 239 km from Thessaloniki. It has 5 lifts and 5 slopes, one is Lang-Lauf,  at 1471 m height.

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  • There is a chalet, shops to rent or buy ski gear, restaurants and cafe
  • Chania village is close if you prefer a traditional tavern
  • Ski training for both adults and children

What to Visit

  • Gorgeous Pelion Villages such as Makrinitsa, Portaria, Tsagkarada or Zagora

Where to Stay

Agliolefkes Ski Resort

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Ski Resorts in Northern Greece (13)

As you travel to the north of Greece, the possibility of snow and finding a ski resort increases substantially!

There are 13 ski resorts in the northern part of Greece, covering large Greek regions such as Ipiros, Macedonia, and Thrace.

Some of the Greek ski resorts are quite small but they are all worth visiting as they are always set in stunning nature with lots of other things to do in the area.

At the end of this post I have added a few basic driving tips in wintry and snowy Greece:

Olympus Ski Center

Vryssopoules

  • Olympus Mt Ski Center (2450 peak) is unique not only because it is located in the highest and most famous Greek mount. The Olympus ski center belongs to the Greek army. However, it is open to public every weekend between 9am-3pm

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  • There are 2 easy slopes, 2 km each, 2 one-person lifts and 1 baby lift. There is also a cafe where you can visit. The parking is allowed at a designated area about 15 minutes walk far from the center.

What to Visit

  • The many picturesque villages around the ski center such as Litochoro

Where to Stay

Olympus

Pertouli Ski Center

  • Pertouli Ski Center is a small center set in one of the most beautiful natural environments in Greece. Ideal for beginners and families is located 375 km north of Athens and 256 km from Thessaloniki.

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  • It has 3 lifts and 3 slopes, at 1340 m height peak
  • There are 3 chalets to visit and a shop to rent or buy ski gear
  • It has a large parking area and almost never has any access problems due to heavy snow

What to Visit

  • Hiking Shelter of Koziakas
  • River Kefalopotamos
  • Pertouli village

Where to Stay

Pertouli ski resort with firs and a chalet
Pertouli Ski Resort

Anilio Park

Metsovo (2)

  • Anilio Park (peak 1850m) is 448 km from Athens and 212 km from Thessaloniki
  • It has 5 lifts and 9 slopes

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  • There is a chalet and you can rent ski gear from the center
  • Ski and snowboard lessons available

What to Visit

  • The second nearby ski center of Prophitis Ilias, ideal for families and ski beginners
  • Metsovo town
  • Monastery of Zoodochou Pigis

Where to Stay

  • At Katogi Averoff Hotel & Winery, a traditional hotel with cellars which guests can visit and taste fantastic Greek wine (wine tasting after your skiing not before!)

Anilio Park © GTP

Vasilitsa Ski Center Grevena

  • Vasilitsa Ski Center (peak 2150m) is 458 km north of Athens and 211 km from Thessaloniki. It has 7 lifts and 17 slopes,   and has snow almost all winter

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  • There is a chalet with a bar, cafe and restaurant and gear to rent
  • Vasilitsa is one of the best ski resorts in Greece with excellent quality of snow

What to Visit

  • Lakes Flegga & Smolikas
  • Grevena Town
  • Samarina village
  • Valia Kalda Park
  • Rafting in Venetiko river

Where to Stay

  • Stay in Pindos Resort a stunning moutain shelter in a pine tree forest

Vasilitsa Ski Resort © Canva

Seli Ski Center

Veria

  • Seli Ski Center (peak 1530m) is 529 km north of Athens and 95 km from Thessaloniki. It has 11 lifts, 17 slopes,  2 of which are lang lauf.
  • There is an impressive chalet with a pointy roof. There are shops to rent or buy ski gear, restaurants, cafe and hiking shelters

What to Visit

  • Vergina Site
  • Wine Tasting of local Xinomarvo
  • Lake Polifitoy & Velvento village

Where to Stay

  • Stay in Villa Anthemia, a really lovely traditional house (ideal for cat lovers!)

Seli Ski Resort © Canva

3-5 Pigadia Ski Centre Naoussa

  • 3 – 5 Pigadia Ski Center is 546 km north of Athens and 109 km from Thessaloniki. It has 6 lifts, 12 slopes, 3 of which are cross country slopes, at 2005m height.

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  • There is a chalet, a shelter, ski training, gear renting shops
  • Panoramic views of Olympus and Voras Mt while skiing
  • For 2021-2022 it will remain closed due to necessary renovations

What to Visit

  • Vergina Site
  • Vegoritida Lake
  • Naoussa and Veria towns

Where to Stay

3-5 Pigadia Ski Resort

Pisoderi Ski Center Florina

  • Pisoderi Ski Center is very close to North Macedonia, 179 km west from Thessaloniki. It has 5 lifts and 13 slopes, and as it is lit until 1am, you can ski at night as well

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  • I have been there during Christmas and I had a wonderful time – snow was great too!
  • The chalet is large with a restaurant and a cafe
  • Easy access from the National Road

What to Visit

  • Prespes Lakes
  • Nymfaio village
  • Amyntaio village
  • Florina
  • Vitsi ski center close to Kastoria

Where to Stay

Me with crazy hair in Pisoderi

Lailia Ski Center Serres

  • Lailia Ski Center is 110 km northeast from Thessaloniki. It has 2 lifts, 1 track of 1200m, a babylift and 1 beginners track at 1471 m height.

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  •  The centre has a chalet with restaurant, cafeteria, ski and snowboarding schools, gear and snowmobiles rental stores.

What to Visit

  • The nature is magnificent all around the Lailia ski center. Visit its many stone old bridges and Vrontou villages

Where to Stay

  • Stay in Serres town at Metropolis Hotel, a great place for a stopover and to enjoy Serres and its locality

Lailia Ski Resort

Elatochori Ski Center Pieria

  • Elatochori ski center has 10 slopes and 5 lifts, it is a well organized center with provisions for all levels of ski experience
  • There is restaurant, a cafe, rent and buy ski gear shops and ski teachers

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  • It is located at Pieria Mt at 1450 m, 7 km far from beautiful Elatochori village, 474 km from Athens and 104 km from Thessaloniki

What to Visit

  • Pieria Mt is the natural continuation of Olympus Mt and is ideal for hiking
  • Ritini village
  • Dion Archaeological Site

Where to Stay

Elatochori Ski Resort

Kaimaktsalan Ski Center (Vora)

  • Kaimaktsalan Ski Center is one of the best ski resorts in Greece with the highest peak at 2480m. You can find it 570 km north of Athens and 140 km from Thessaloniki

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  • It has 6 lifts and 14 slopes for all levels of ski expertise
  • There are 2 chalets, ski lessons center, gear rent, snowmobiles and a souvenir shop
  • The ski resort is very close to the borders of North Macedonia

What to Visit

  • Edessa waterfalls
  • Pozar village and Baths
  • Agios Athanasios village

Where to Stay

Kaimaktsalan

Falakro Ski Centre Drama

  • Falakro Ski Center is 346 km north of Athens and 239 km from Thessaloniki. It has 8 lifts and 21 slopes, some with big altitude difference, great for athletic events

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  • It has 3 chalets with restaurant, cafes and bar, gear rent shops, ski training, facilities for large groups of visitors. It is very close to the Bulgarian borders

What to Visit

  • Ritini Village
  • Nestos river
  • Pyrgos canyon
  • Chionotrypa cave

Where to Stay

  • Petrini Gonia, a beautiful hotel with magnificent views, cozy rooms and garden

Falakro Ski Center © Canva

General Rules for Driving in Greece in Winter

  • If you are a citizen out of the EU, you will need a International Driver’s License to rent a car
  • Always carry chains for your tyres, you never know when the next crazy blizzard will find you
  • Most of the country is connected by a highway system that uses tolls – open all the year through
  • Belts are mandatory and you get a huge fine if you haven’t fastened them up
  • Children should always kept on their special seats, fastened, in the back seat
  • Driving and talking on the phone also can give you a gigantic fine, use hands free options
  • All the ski resorts in Greece have parking places and they keep the roads clear from too much snow or add some salt to make it less slippery.
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I hope I have inspired you to visit the ski resorts in Greece. If you need help with visiting a ski resort, I am happy to organize it for you. Send me an email at info@travelthegreekway.com and will get back to you with ideas. Until then, stay safe, travel the world, and enjoy life!
Evgenia
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