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Best Ski Destinations in Greece

by Eugenia Lazaris

Jan 6, 2023

Mount Parnassos © Tomas Marek | Dreamstime.com


Mention Greece and many people think of warm-weather vacations on sun-drenched island beaches. But for winter sports enthusiasts in the know, the country is also home to incredible ski resorts that can rival the best the world has to offer.


Aside from more beaches than you can count, Greece is covered in steep mountains, drawing a lot of snow in the cold winter months and, therefore, making skiing a popular wintertime activity for locals and family travelers alike. If you are looking for a unique destination for your next family ski vacation, consider one of Greece’s incredible mountain locations offering family-friendly ski trips.


One of the most popular ski destinations in Greece is Kaimaktsalan, located to the west of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. Situated on the northern slope of Mount Voras, Greece’s third-highest mountain, this resort not only offers skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels (there are six ski lifts and 13 different ski runs), but also offers a snowtubing park. Guests can relax in the resort’s 46-room chalet, explore the nearby mountain villages and take in the breathtaking views of Mount Olympus and Thermaikos Gulf.


Located west of Athens on Mount Parnassos, the village of Arahova is known for its snowy ski slopes and picturesque mountain village, offering the perfect combination of Greek culture and winter fun. Due to its proximity to Athens, Arahova is not only popular among Athenians, but is also a convenient destination for visitors looking to combine their ski vacation with a cultural experience — not only are Athenian hot spots like the Acropolis not far off, but Arahova is also located close to the ancient site of Delphi.


Central Greece is home to one of the country’s largest ski destinations, Karpenisi. With 18 different slopes to choose from, including one black run for experts, there is something for every member of the family, whether they are advanced skiers or just ready for their first lessons. Equally inviting in the summertime, Karpenisi is a fun mountain village offering plenty to see and do on or off the slopes, along with some of the most delicious Greek dishes served up at the area’s many traditional tavernas.


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