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Skiing in Greece: Mount Olympus and Pindus Mountains

Skiing in Greece
skiing in Greece
Skiing in Greece: Mount Olympus and Pindus Mountains
SMOLIKAS

Enjoy skiing in Greece with local certified guide, Akis, and discover the snow-covered slopes of Mount Olympus and the Pindus Mountains on a unique program that combines exhilarating runs, Greek culture, Mediterranean food, and seaside views all in one blissful 5-day long adventure.

Private

Pindus Mountain Range

5 Days

Jan - Apr

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Exhilarating slopes in an exotic destination

* Amazing and pristine snow conditions

* Skiing, Greek culture, Mediterranean food and sea views all in one!

Description

Skiing in Greece is a unique experience that you don’t want to miss! On this 5-day program, I will show some of the best ski spots in Greece, including Mount Olympus and Mount Pindus!

The snow-covered mountains of Greece are truly amazing for skiing. As a local mountain guide, I would like to share some of my favorite ski spots in the Olympus and Pindus mountains on this 5-day program in which we will explore isolated areas with untouched snow.

Every day, we will skin up and ski down some of the best ski spots in Greece that I will choose according to the day’s snow and weather conditions. We will explore Mount Olympus, Vasilitsa, Smolikas, and Grammos, and enjoy skiing in high altitude mountains, open bowls, and forested terrain. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Please keep in mind that you will need to be able to go uphill 300-350 meters per hour and to descend on powder or hard or corn snow. Additionally, ascents are from 1000 – 1500m per day, therefore you will need a good fitness level.

So, are you ready to enjoy an unforgettable adventure skiing in Greece? Then contact me now and let’s start planning an amazing trip together!

Or, check out some of the other exciting outdoor adventures in Greece that I offer.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Transportation start and back

- Mountain guide expenses

- Luggage transfer

Price details

Excluded : Personal ski touring equipment, personal safety equipment (Beacon, shovel, probe)


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Pick up the guests from Thessaloniki airport and transfer towards the northwest side of Mt Olympus.Settle down In a traditional hotel – Dinner and briefing about the schedule.Overnight.

Day 2: Ski Touring Mt Olympus

Depending on the snow conditions, I will choose the finest ski touring itinerary for you.Having that in mind, we will skin up and ski down almost 1500 m, aiming for Skolio Peak at 2912m.The descent starts from the summit cone and the views towards the Mediterranean Sea are stunning.Late afternoon transfer back to the village – Dinner – Overnight.

Day 3: Ski Touring Mt Olympus

Ski tour the northwest slopes of Mt Olympus.Open wide bowls, and high altitude peaks are the highlights of today’s menu.Vertical ascent : 1000 – 1200m

Late afternoon transfer towards Pindos Mountain Range. Settle down in a guest house – dinner – Briefing – overnight.

Day 4: Ski Touring Vasilitsa Mountain - Pindos

Mount Vasilitsa is well known for the huge quantities, and the fine quality of powder snow.

I will choose the best itinerary for you depending on the day’s conditions, and we will climb and ski a total of 1000 m.

Early afternoon transfer to the guest house – dinner  – briefing – overnight.

Day 5: Ski Touring Mount Smolikas - Pindos

Another great day of ski touring in a hidden corner of the Greek mountains.

Mount Smolikas is well known for its diversity with a great variety of skiing terrain.

Today, we will ski down in open bowls and ancient pine forests with over 1000m of vertical ascent and descent.

Early afternoon transfer to the very north of the Greek Albanian border.

Day 6: Ski Touring Mount Grammos

Mount Grammos is the jewel of the Northern Greek mountains. Its gentle slopes offer magnificent ski touring options with vertical drops of more than 1000m.Early afternoon transfer to the guest house – dinner  – briefing – overnight.

Day 7: Farewell

Breakfast and transfer to Thessaloniki airport.

 

Equipment you will need to bring

Crampons

Ice axe

Water bottle

Backpack

Helmet

Poles

Ski equipment

Sunglasses

Goggles

Avalanche eqmnt

Climbing skins

Thermos


About the guide

Guide profile image

Akis

4.80

(77)

Mountain Guide

I come from Greece and always remember myself as a kid in the mountains…
Now, I am a Certified Mountain Guide HMGA, member of the Hellenic Mountain Guides Association (License number A.N 867/37, Nr 19 FEK (A)621-999/28-11-07) also a Mountaineering – Ski Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, member of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing (H.F.M.C).

My passion for the mountains led me on numerous hikes, ski tours, and rock and ice climbs in Greece, the Alps, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Bulgaria, with many new routes under my signature.

The beautiful valleys at the foot of Mount Olympus – Greece are my home, and the flanks above are the playground to follow my mountain love, may it be ice-climbing, ski touring, hiking, or alpine climbing. For me, it is the perfect terrain to train, play and guide.

I teach mountaineering, rock climbing, and ski mountaineering in various Climbing Schools & Mountaineering Associations, and I spend a lot of wintertime as a ski instructor. I love to share my passion with guests and guide hikers, mountaineers, climbers, and ski tourers all year round.

I am married to Mariza and we have a daughter and two sons together.
I speak Greek, English, and French.

Languages

Greek | French | English

Certificates

HMGA

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What people are saying about Akis

Catherine

5.00

No intrigue but just too busy after this marvelous trip !!! And at last I take a few minutes to write. I enjoyed each step in this glorious mountain. Everything was carefully organized. Akis was a wonderful guide so careful, kind, serious and professional. I hope I will come back soon. Thank you very much. Catherine

Wendy

5.00

Akis was an absolutely exceptional guide for our Mount Olympus ascent, which was one of my favourite memories from our Greece trip. I cannot recommend him highly enough! He is a local to the area, a certified guide, and his knowledge of the terrain is unparalleled which made all of us feel safe and capable of completing the whole journey right to the summit and back. This is a hike we would not have been able to do without the assistance from Akis, especially the last scramble up to the summit. I would would urge anyone considering this hike to book him as your guide. Thank you Akis!

Grace

5.00

Akis is a great guide and runs a wonderful trip. The mountain is beautiful. The recommended headlamp is only for the refuge and not for hiking, so not 100% necessary.

Perry

5.00

Both the guides were super. Akis was great with the group keeping us on track and Theo went above and beyond helping me personally. A memorable trip.

5.00

Professional, inspired safety and confidence, knowledgable of the mountain, nothing is too much trouble - meeting all our needs: as an adventurous couple the first time around and as a small family the second and third, well balanced between friendly and giving space, fully available, in short: exceptional and we would not hesitate to recommend him to all levels of mountaineers: from absolute beginners to the fully accomplished looking to stretch themselves that little bit more.


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