Parnassos is one of the two closest ski resorts to Athens, and one of the most advanced in the country. It’s recent lift upgrade has given it two gondola lifts, and along with it’s It’s two ski fields – Kellaria and Fterolaka – are connected by lift. In total the mountain has 17 lifts. 7 are chairs or gondolas, 6 are tow lifts and 4 are baby lifts.
Getting there from Athens is easy. Take the national road North and follow signs to Thiva, Leivadia and then Parnassos Ski center. Shouldn’t take more than 3 hours at a stretch.
If the snow is good, we’d suggest going to Fterolaka for some sweet sweet powder through the pines. If you want to hot dog it all over the pistes check out Kellaria.
If you want to go off-piste there’s a good variety of backcountry to hit. The farther zones by the summit ‘Liakoura’ and towards Vellitsa are accessed by Fterolaka, up along the ski road, and then up towards the Hole in the Rock “Tripios Vrahos”. If you want to get some delicious sunset runs down to the Defner Refuge on the West side, you can head towards Gerontovrahos via Kellaria, and pick your lines down. The terrain is not very technical on this side, and super fun to ride.
If you need some help scoping out backcountry runs or just want to cruise the pistes make sure to check out Snowflake School – www.snowflakewinterschool.gr. Alex And John will definitely have some tips and tricks to share.