Mt Parnassos: Greece’s Ideal Skiing Destination for All Levels

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GETTING THERE

The Parnassos Ski Center is located 198 kilometers from Athens, roughly 2 hours and 40 minutes’ drive along the Athens-Lamia national highway. Take the exit towards Kastro-Arachova. The cost of the trip is around €30 for fuel and tolls, one way. From Thessaloniki, the distance is 360 kilometers (4 hours and 15 minutes), and travel costs are around €65 for fuel and tolls, one way.

ACCOMMODATION

Elatos Club (Itamos Parnassou, Tel. (+30) 22340.611.62,). Located in the remote serenity of a fir tree forest are 39 wooden chalets and a Club House with a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, spa and children’s play area. The chalets are of 60 sq.m. or more, and include a living room with a fireplace, independent heating, and all amenities. From €275 per chalet, for two people with breakfast.

Teresa Country Lodge (Agoriani, Tel. (+30) 6946.060.381). Lying 22 kilometers from the Ski Center, this establishment has junior and superior suites offering all you need after a long day on the slopes: a fireplace, a comfortable living area, orthopedic mattresses and down pillows. From €200 for a suite for two people, including breakfast.

Tagli Resort & Spa (Livadi Parnassou, Tel. (+30) 22670.325.32). Here you’ll find twenty luxury suites housed in a stone and timber building, 17 kilometers from the Ski Center. Don’t miss the generous breakfast and brunch, or an opportunity to relax in the heated pool. From €144 for a suite for two people, with breakfast.

Boutique Hotel Skamnos (Livadi Parnassou, Tel. (+30) 22670.319.27).Built at an elevation of 1250 meters, this is the option nearest the Ski Center, just 12 kilometers away. All rooms have mountain views, and there are also family rooms and quirky attic rooms. From €122 for a double room, with breakfast.

Agiannorema Guest House (Livadi Parnassou, Tel. (+30) 22670.314.85). Less than half an hour from the slopes are the warm, cozy rooms of this guest house, boasting king-sized beds, a selection of pillows, a fireplace and a Jacuzzi in the suites. From €80 for a double room, with breakfast.

FOOD

Karaouli (Livadi Parnassou, Tel. (+30) 22670.310.01). After a freezing cold day on the slopes, the soups on offer here are just the thing. Try the meat and chicken soups, or the fire-roasted meat dishes, including an excellent spit-roasted mutton.

Babis (Livadi Parnassou, Tel. (+30) 22670.321.55). A family taverna offering classic dishes prepared with care, it serves superb slow-cooked kid goat with roast potatoes, homemade pies stuffed with mountain greens, and juicy steaks.

Christos (Livadi Parnassou, Tel. (+30) 6936.192.787). Featuring fine wooden benches and a rustic atmosphere, this taverna is a popular après-ski meeting place. Try the specialties from the wood-burning oven, including kid goat, wild boar, and pork knuckle, or choose something from the grill, such as the wild boar burger or the delicious barn-raised beef steaks.

USEFUL INFORMATION

The first ski lift on Parnassos was installed at Fterolakkas in 1969 by the French company Penchiney, which also operated the aluminum factory at Aspra Spitia and had land holdings in the  Parnassos area. It officially started operating in 1976 and since then there have been constant additions and improvements. There are in fact two ski centers, one at Kelaria and the other at Fterolakkas, each with its own chalet and parking lot, accessible by paved road. The two chalets are connected by gondola. There are a total of 23 slopes, from 60-meter children’s slopes to red slopes (medium difficulty) a kilometer long. The Ski Center operates daily from 09:00 to 16:00.

Prices: A daily pass for skiers is €35 on weekends and public holidays, €30 on Monday and Friday and €20 from Tuesday to Thursday. You can also purchase a combined 4-day pass (Friday to Monday) for €100, family packages and reduced tickets for children and over-65s. Daily visitor passes are €15 Friday to Monday, €10 Tuesday to Thursday, €5 for children under five years old. Parnassos Ski Center, Tel. (+30) 22340.227.00

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