Snow sports in Pindos Mountains

Greece is very well known as a holiday destination. That is why millions of people visit the country each year! It has a lot to offer, sandy beaches, beautiful islands, and many ancient monuments and history.

Greece is full of mountains! It is the 1st or the 2nd most mountainous land in Europe! There is a well-kept secret, though, that people outside of Greece don’t know; even people who live in the country don’t know it!

Greece has another face on the mainland, with mountains starting from altitudes of 1000 to almost 3000 meters! The western part of the mainland is covered by a big (the longest of Greece) mountain range called the Pindos Mountains. The mountains here are high as 2600 meters and are surrounded by steep gorges, vast forests, and unique little villages. In winter, the snow falls early December and covers the high mountains until late April.

The main ski resort on the Pindos mountain range in Vasilitsa. A state-owned ski resort with seven ski lifts and around 20km of groomed runs. There is, though, a big terrain for off-piste and backcountry ski or sb maniacs! Directly on Pindos Mountains operate a few small organized ski resorts where you can have decent skiing or snowboarding and are very cheap! At the ski resorts, you can find organized chalets, ski schools, and ski rentals.

Vasilitsa Mountain is a part of an extensive area called North Pindos National Park. This area is surrounded by some of the highest peaks of Greece. Mt. Smolikas is the 2nd highest Greek mountain and offers excellent backcountry tours. The snow conditions are usually ideal and safe. There are hundreds of descents, some of them have never been skied before! Mt. Timfi is a super trekking destination, but in winter is transformed into a great ski terrain, a unique “alpine” mountain!

And the most historical Mt. Grammos, precisely on the Albanian border, offers great open bowls for enjoyable skiing or snowboarding.

And the greatest: You get to ski always first tracks!! The mountains are remote, and skiing is not yet so popular to Greeks, so most of this beauty is unskied and empty during winter!!

You will enjoy the virgin and untouched slopes of Mt. Smolikas, Mt. Timfi, Mt Grammos and participate in the tours offered by Compass Adventures Snow Sports Station Vasilitsa. Every year Compass Adventures Snow Sports Station Vasilitsa takes off for a week around the north Pindos mountains. You can join the tour and explore the primary and highest mountains, skiing untouched slopes, and sleep in huts and small guesthouses in the small villages surrounding the Pindos area.

For you who like to hike all year long, you can join excellent snowshoe walks through the forests and frozen lakes of the area. A wonderful experience walking under the fool moon and resting next to the fire for a glass of tsipouro (raki).

Greece is an exotic winter adventure; discover it!!

— An article by Makis Logiotatidis, Ski Instructor – Mountain Leader, Compass Adventures.

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