Vasilitsa Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Vasilitsa Ski Resort
April 23, 2015
Kostis from Greece
For a snowboarder, Vasilitsa is the most charming Greek resort. This is mostly because it offers many off-piste options, frequent powder and a truly stunning scenery. If you are up for hiking the options are increased even more (tree runs, hidden black diamonds and so on).
Various obvious issues pertaining to Greek infrastructure remain: slow lifts, less than ideally groomed runs and so on. Still, the attitude of the staff is better than that in other resorts (esp. Parnassos and Helmos) and prices are fair. Food, in Samarina and Smiksi, is good though villages may have a certain derelict vibe to them.
Overall: 3.5. Based on 89 votes and 21 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 Vasilitsa.
Public Transport: 2.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Vasilitsa, (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 Vasilitsa, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Vasilitsa.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.1
(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 Vasilitsa, (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) Vasilitsa is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Vasilitsa relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Vasilitsa, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Vasilitsa 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) Vasilitsa is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Vasilitsa, 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: 4.6
(1) Vasilitsa 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: 3.7
(1) The staff at Vasilitsa are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Vasilitsa 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: 3.7
(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: 3.6
(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: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Vasilitsa 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 Vasilitsa, (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: 2.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Vasilitsa, (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 Vasilitsa, (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) Vasilitsa has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.5
(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: 3.3
(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: 4.0
(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): 4.4
(1) Overall, Vasilitsa 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Vasilitsa 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 05, 2012
Alni from Greece
Ski resort in Greece? Are you nuts??? That was the reaction of people abroad when I tell them that I do ski in Greece and in particular in Vasilitsa.
Wel, not exactly a ski resort, more like a ski centre. Not very long ski runs but the scenery is magnificent and view from the top is breathtaking. You can see Mt Olympus from up there. Actually you can have great fun in Vasilitsa doing ski in powder and inside natural half-pipes and then you can go down to small villages of Smixi and Distrato and enjoy delicious local dishes … it sounds good, doesn’t it.
February 07, 2012
Y.T. from Greece
Just to confirm. 270 cm up to now w/ another 150 cm coming through till Sunday. Avalanche high risk. God bless.
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January 05, 2012
Y.T. from Greece
If there is a wide terrain to ski in Greece this is it. Snow conditions are most certain here relative to all other Greek resorts, as it almost always dumps from Adriatic moist W or NW. Beautiful natural environment. Unfortunately, not many high steeps for skiers. Ideal for snowborders.
February 26, 2011
Sorcerer from Greece
Having been to several resorts abroad, mostly Austrian, I feel sorry that such a mountain (Vasilitsa) remains in the hands of incapable, indifferent people, who should have given the management to the Austrians who had previously come with an ideal plan: cable car from Smixi upwards etc, etc, etc.
But what can be done? I suppose I will continue to enjoy the wilderness and the steep slopes, though short, with my family.
I hope something is done in the future...
February 18, 2011
sali from Greece
Amazing mountain, but always be prepared for the worst case scenario when you travel to Vasilitsa.
December 17, 2010
ohoohop from Afghanistan
The snowpark at Vasilitsa does not exist.
March 21, 2010
Yeti from Greece
I have been to nearly all Greek ski resorts and there are three I think definitely outstand the others. Vasilitsa is surely one of them (Pigadia and Falakro are the others).
It may be not as large as an Alps ski area but for a nice day or weekend out it is really a good thing. First, the runs are much better, steeper and the snow cover is sometimes brilliant. The lifts are old but Ok, if there is a frosty wind which there often is you should dress very warm so that you don't freeze on your way up.
The staff is not fully trained and a bit disoganized but the people are friendly and will help you.
When there is good snow a snowparc is built up which is basic but fully sufficient if you don't happen to be a super crack.
I would also recommend Vasilitsa if you want to experience how Greek ski can be.
Have fun and we might meet on the slope!
March 10, 2010
Picasso from United Kingdom
A greek friend of mine, who lives near Grevena, suggested to take me to Vasilitsa in January. I did not know that skiing in Greece was possible and I was surprised how good it is! We had about 6 feet of snow and it was almost completely powder! Most lifts were operating an the Chalets were hostile. The view from the ski area was absolute magnificant, with a rugged scenery so that I almost felt like in the Alps. The ski runs were not really long but lots were quite steep.
The only shame is that there is no real village at the foot of the mountain like in the Alps. What about joining Smixi to the ski area with a cable car?
March 04, 2010
taliban from Greece
A ski resort consists of three elements. The mountain, the infrastructure and the people. So, one at a time:
1. The mountain:
Is wide spread for Greek standards, almost always providing some part with good visibility and nice snow, even if the rest of the mountain is icy, slushy, or buried in the mist. The location is fantastic, offering lots of runs under the tree line and a wide open treeless face under the top lift. Pistes are basic, offering a few options for beginners, and early intermediates. Experts should immediately head off-piste. Many obvious routes, and even more hidden, await the adventurous rider. Snowfalls at Vasilitsa can be very impressive, sometimes even causing “trouble” to the resort’s operating ability.
What makes Vasilitsa the best [in my opinion] Greek resort, is the mountain’s “vibe”. Most of the riders are there just to ride, always willing to share riding knowledge with anyone willing to ask. This actually makes a difference, since in Greece 70% of ski resorts visitors, visit just to show off a new SUV, or a shining vinyl Mont Clair dawn jacket…
2. The infrastructure:
Is basic and old. But, considering the day pass prices [10-13€] the deal is actually more than fair. Lifts are wisely placed, serving different sides off the mountain, offering different kind of terrain and even though they are slow and have small capacity, queues are not as long as in other Greek resorts [Helmos & Parnassos]. A few tiny chalets offer snacks at reasonable prices, and above all, the guys working there are nice, friendly and usually addicted riders themselves!
Magnetic card lift passes came in 2008 as a pleasant surprise. A small snow park is usually there, designed and maintained by local crews, but wherever you look, you can see either something natural ready to be hit, or something being built from riders for riders, and that is really nice.
What needs to be mentioned is the high quality of food, offered in the surrounding villages of Distrato & Samarina, in [surprisingly] reasonable prices.
3. The people
People working in and around Vasilitsa are of course Greek, and this is “a priori” a significant disadvantage ad far as I am concerned. But, compared with the awful people in Helmos, and the blunt people in Parnassos, Vasilitsa has to offer something better. Maybe people working there are not 100% qualified and trained, but at least they are polite and probably try their best, even if sometimes their best is not good enough. Trust me, this is something!
As a conclusion: I would strongly suggest a visit to Vasilitsa, especially for off-piste riders. The place is beautiful, the mountain has lots to offer, cost is fair, and the vibe is great. You will enjoy it, for sure..
If I was granted a snow wish, it would be that Vasilitsa ski resort soon becomes privatized..