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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

Fit

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

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Mountain guide expenses

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

Thermos


About the guide

Guide profile image

Akis

4.60

(20)

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

Kwie-Hoa

3.00

Gear list is incomplete. Sleeping bag, head lamp, clothing type etc lacking. Food, snacks?? No gear check. Day 1: 2 hour drive to trail head. At 4 pm arrived at refuge. Guide wasn't very interactive or explanatory about surroundings. Waking hours was akward and guide on phone most of the time. Day 2: poor weather. Excellent guiding! Cut trip short due to poor visibility. Arrived back in Litochoro around 5 pm. Guide helped me get settled in my motel. Day 3: I chose to hike E4 myself. Meals: boiled tortellini with grated cheese x 1. Breakfast (after asking): dry bread with chocolate spread. No hot beverage offered. If I knew, I could have brought my own stove and prep my own meals and hot tea. I only brought power bars and snacks for during hikes. Suggestions: better gear list, gear check, explanation and orientation of route and area, clarification of what can be or cannot be expected of meals. Akis is the best guide in a challenging situation when you can't talk or see because of a blizzard.

Rachel

5.00

My partner & I have just returned from a 2 day hike up Mount Olympus with Akis. The trip was fabulous. Akis is a brilliant guide and he had a great team to help him. Akis is very experienced & willing to help with anything you need, but his style is very un-instrusive so if you want a relaxed trip with someone who loves the mountains and inspires confidence that you are in safe hands, he is your man. Highly recommended.

Odelya

5.00

Akis was a wonderful guide. He cared a lot about the people and about the right pace for everyone. He made sure that we are safe and he was smiley and friendly. Climbing Olympus isn’t an easy one, but definitely something to be on your bucket list.

Cynthia

5.00

Akis and Bill are very professional, technically skilled, have vast knowledge of Mt. Olympus, gentlemen and have high emotional intelligence. They guided me all the way and understood my strength and weaknesses. Akis pushed me to my potential which I didn’t know I have. Bill was patient and accommodating. We finally made it to Mytikas; the highest peak of Mt. Olympus! I really enjoyed the scrambling going up and down. May childhood experience of climbing trees helped a lot 😊☺️. I found a new passion because of this trip - rock climbing. I would highly recommend this tour and the guides (Akis and Bill), you will be “in good hands” with them.😊 Caution: This tour is for fit people, been working out regularly, and have tenacity to walk at least 2-3hrs with 30L bag. Follow the instructions of Akis on what to bring. He knows the forest very well and can anticipate the weather. Good luck to all who are interested to join this climb. All the best. Cynthia C.

Nir

5.00

Great guide. Amazing road. Feels safe and nice. We climbed the mt myself and son 13 yo. Recommend without hesitation.


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