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From the iconic mountains outside of Athens to the remote and snowy Pindus Range in the country’s northwest, Greece is full of excellent backcountry skiing opportunities. Whether it’s for a day or a week, there are plenty of excellent backcountry spots best explored on skies.
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While Mount Parnassus is easily accessed from Athens and its airport (ATH), the Pindus Mountains require a domestic transfer to a city in the north, such as Ioannina (IOA).
From Ioannina, there are plenty of backcountry options waiting to be explored in the country’s mountainous northwest. Gamila summit (2,497 m), Goura (2.467 m), Mount Smolikas (2.637 m) and Mount Vasilitsa (2.249 m) are all within distance after a transfer from the airport to the nearby town of Mikro Papigko. Dragon Lake and Avalon Pass are also popular backcountry destination in the range.
On the southern edge of the range, Mount Parnassos is a popular single-day backcountry destination close to the capital. If offers excellent views of the surrounding scenery with the rare opportunity to ski at the top of the mountain and swim at the bottom.
During the winter, the average temperatures are quite cold in the mountainous north and the region receives abundant snowfall. However, just outside of the mountains, temperatures are more mild and these areas receive less snowfall.
This depends on how much time you have and what you would like to do. Guides offer many option, from single day excursions to week-long trips.
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