Mount Parnassos Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Mount Parnassos Ski Resort
January 13, 2017
AG from Greece
Addressing the resort's management team directly:
It doesn't make any sense...how dare they set the daily cost per adult at 25€! It is very upsetting! In the year 2017, when the vast majority of Greeks are struggling to make ends meet, the rest of the ski resorts in Greece either retained the same prices or decreased them and Parnassos should follow suit! On the other hand they raised the prices by 66%!! Undoubtedly, the most ridiculous decision ever made! I don't know about you, but I prefer Kalavrita with 15€ daily rate! Not to mention that there are a great deal of special offers through the internet that make a daily visit to Kalavrita even cheaper!
Mount Parnassos Ratings
Overall: 3.1. Based on 86 votes and 55 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mount Parnassos.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mount Parnassos, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Mount Parnassos, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mount Parnassos.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Mount Parnassos, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mount Parnassos is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Mount Parnassos relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Mount Parnassos, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mount Parnassos are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mount Parnassos is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mount Parnassos, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Mount Parnassos usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.2
(1) The staff at Mount Parnassos are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Parnassos are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mount Parnassos has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Mount Parnassos, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Mount Parnassos, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mount Parnassos, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mount Parnassos has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.1
(1) Overall, Mount Parnassos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 2.8
(1) Overall, Mount Parnassos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 14, 2016
Dimitris Dimitriadis from Greece
για την ιστορια, το πρωτο εχκ ειναι στο σελι. μαλιστα ειχε και μονο καρεκλακι που εφθανε μεχρι τη α' σταση του σημερινου. επισημαινεται δε οτι εκει δραστηροποιειται ακομη ο τ.πρωταθλητης στο σκι σταυρος πλατιτσας (ηλικιας τωρα~87). το επομενο "καρεκλακι" φτιαχτηκε στο πηλιο. μεχρι τοτε καναμε σκι ειτε αναρριχωμενοι στο βουνο ειτε χρησιμοποιωντας μικρες μηχανες vw με σχοινι/τροχαλιες προσδεδεμενες σε δενδρα.η φτερολακα του παρνασσου ξεκινησε τη λειτουργια της τελη 1974-75.
April 06, 2015
Ahmet Douas from Greece
You know what? Not bad; I see an improvement. The new lift at Vakkos that opened 2014/15 changes things a lot. The mountain may still be small and easy, but at least you have some skiing 2 hours away from Athens and is a good place to practice your skills.
The resort, as a whole, seems better organized this year with the electronic ski passes, ability to charge them online, not to mention the fact that the parking is better organized.
Another big plus, it seems the billionaire prices in the ski resort cafeteria have become much more reasonable so you can actually have a snack there.
I went in early April and got the 20% off as only about half of the pistes were working. Keep it up!
January 11, 2015
Theodoros from Greece
Mount Parnassos is the oldest ski resort in Greece. It consists of two different areas: Kelaria and Fterolaka, joined together by a fairly slow lift. Recently Kelaria has been upgraded by a new combi lift (8-seat cabin and 6seat chairs) all the way from 1750m (base) to 2250 (top), with a middle station at 1950. Next year is scheduled another major upgrade to Fterolaka. There is also a third phase with the installation of snow cannons.
Now there are 17 lifts in the area, serving mostly blue runs and 5 red runs (2 in Fterolaka, the rest in Kelaria). Unfortunately, until now, there hasn't been enough snow, so all the red runs are yet closed and many of the open tracks are fairly rocky.
For advanced skiers there are only these 5 red runs (that are also fairly short in length), no black runs. The best is No6 (Inioxos) in Fterolaka.
December 29, 2012
Kostis from Greece
Parnassos resort can be seen as a broader reflection of the position of infrastructure in the Greek landscape. It entails some incredibly charming elements (sun, views, food, villages, archaeological sites, general sensorial feeling) along with various less-compelling ones, such as overcrowding, inflexibility of the staff as regards the prices (in days where the resort is half-closed), old lifts, high prices at the canteens, relatively high ticket-price and so on. It still represents the best option for those dwelling in Athens and there has been some signs of improvement (e.g. ticket discounts in the 2012-2013 season). Keep in mind that, essentially, we are dealing with one piste overall (Iraklis) which can become slightly tedious for those returning throughout the years.
December 16, 2012
Publius Nasso from Greece
Avoid! Worst center. Bad parking, bad organizing. They can close the center any time without refunding for the ski-pass. People don't respect the order at the gates and the staff don't care at all. They care only about stealing our money. No night lights, they're closing very early most days.
They didn't upgrade the webcams for many years. You cannot see the status you cannot plan anything.
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March 23, 2012
petros from Greece
It seems like the owners of the ski resort do not care about the satisfaction of the skiers, but only about their money.
No comparison with ski resorts in other countries, where, although prices may be high, but the benefits are remarkable, but even with other ski centers in Greece.
There are slow lifts, lack of artificial snow, high prices in the chale of Parnassos ski resort.
The last weekend I have been there, where I met this situation:
most of the tables and the seats were gone, and if someone wanted to sit on a chair (not on the snow) had to pay 5 euro (!) for chair rental.
Not to mention the unpaid employees ...
I hope the time will come to understand that not everyone is stupid.
February 14, 2012
Jon Mines from United Kingdom
I haven't done any skiing in Greece for 30 years, but I spend a lot of time in Greece every year and finally decided to spend some time in Parnassos this year. The conditions have been really difficult this week, but that could happen in the Alps as well. I've seen a lot of comments about the cost versus other parts of Europe, but...if you can accept the "level" of the skiing, it's about half the price. A 4 star hotel in Arachova is about the same as a cupboard in Chamonix, a day's ski hire and lift pass is about 25 euros and eating out is about 15 euros per head with wine - what's not to like?
January 08, 2012
alex from France
- value for money
not snow sure (not even one canon)
very short slopes and slow lifts
croud at the weekends
acces from villages near (Arahova)
January 02, 2012
Tony from Greece
Avoid like the plague...
Went up with a friend on Tuesday 27th December, drive up the mountain from Amfiklia was interesting as the roads hadn't been cleared.
Arrived to be greated by dense cloud (visibility 2m or less) and strong winds. Staff were apologetic and said that due to the Christmas holidays, the weekend charge would be applicable...
Due to the visibility and wind only one lift (Aiolos) was open and they didn't know if the others would open...
Full price pass though (30 euro)! Take it or leave it.
We paid and we were lucky that the weather opened up and 15.00 (1 hour before the end) and we got a couple runs in the sun.
Parnassos is too damn expensive, and they (the management) do not care about customer satisfaction. Other local mountains have started providing offers, lowering lift prices and should be supported instead.