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Kalavryta Ski Resort Resort Reviews

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Kalavryta Ski Resort Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Kalavryta Ski Resort Ski Resort

Kalavryta Ski Resort Ratings

Overall: 3.2. Based on 117 votes and 76 reviews. Vote

Access: 3.3

(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 Kalavryta Ski Resort.

Public Transport: 3.3

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Kalavryta Ski Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.4

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 3.9

(1) No places to stay in/near Kalavryta Ski Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.7

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Kalavryta Ski Resort.

Ski in/Ski out: 2.6

(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.

Childcare: 2.6

(1) There are no child care facilities at Kalavryta Ski Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 3.4

(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) Kalavryta Ski Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 1.7

(1) Kalavryta Ski Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.9

(1) There are no snow groomers at Kalavryta Ski Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Kalavryta Ski Resort are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.0

(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) Kalavryta Ski Resort 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 Kalavryta Ski Resort, 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: 3.8

(1) Kalavryta Ski Resort 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: 3.4

(1) The staff at Kalavryta Ski Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Kalavryta Ski Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.0

(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: 3.8

(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: 3.5

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Kalavryta Ski Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 3.9

(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.

Intermediates: 3.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Kalavryta Ski Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.9

(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: 3.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Kalavryta Ski Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 3.7

(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.

Cross-country: 2.6

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Kalavryta Ski Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.7

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Kalavryta Ski Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.1

(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.

Eating: 3.0

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.2

(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: 2.0

(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.

Entertainment: 3.0

(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: 2.9

(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, Kalavryta Ski Resort 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): 3.0

(1) Overall, Kalavryta Ski Resort 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.

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March 08, 2014
Maria P from Ski Greece Greece
I have been snowboarding in Helmos for many years! In the last couple of years I have seen a great improvement in the services of the Ski Center. Especially on family oriented devices the new Learn 'n Play center offers the opportunity to parents to leave their children to do activities in the center while they are enjoying their skiing! Great idea! The prices, compared to other similar facilities, are very reasonable, if not a bargain! Two of my friends, who had children, were excited for this facility! And with the reduced prices for skier-parents, it is super! Thank you and a great job!
March 07, 2014
Tom from Ski Greece Greece
We took the kids, mid-week, on a week that wasn't a local school holiday and as a result the carpark was empty at the foot of the slopes. Nothing but a baby tow was open. There was some wind but not enough to shut a chairlift. However, the bottom chair remained shut all day. No useful information about if things would run the next day so we left and drove over to Parnassos which, thankfully, seemed more interested in providing ski services than overpriced drinks to hopeful skiers. Would love to rate the slopes at Helmos but, unfortunately, didn't get to see them and won't bother with the drive again.
January 27, 2014
COSTAS from Ski Greece Greece
One of the most wonderful ski resorts in Greece. Unfortunately, without the relevant management. This ski resort should stop being manipulated by the management. The ideal would be that pros should take charge so that the existing facilities will be exploited at the most. The prices should be relevant to the offering services so that "fair for money" can be applied. The management should finally decide which target group it aims at. Will it be a family destination or something else? Successful ending without success can not exist.
January 16, 2014
chebbee from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Found the road up to the resort better than the other roads lower down. No ice to worry about; I would guess these are sprayed as and when. The staff guided us to ski hire and were very friendly and helpful; good English too. On top, amazed to see how much snow there was despite lower areas being clear and some very challenging runs; most fun I've had in years. Definitely coming back again. Hey, and it was warm enough to swim still when we got back to Kalamata. Where else can you do that?
March 10, 2013
Konstantinos from Ski Greece Greece
Hello to all! I would just like to share with you the last experience I had at the resort this Sunday: 10/03/2013. Unexcused shutting down of the pistes, especially the Piataki! Ok, I admit that the weather was windy but even though there was no reason for closing Piataki! Worse service from the employees, even when they did mistakes when issuing the day pass, not a single trace of doing their best to serve! To sum up, and not to make myself boring by adding more words. In general, the ski resort, despite its picturesque image, has the worst service and the most expensive prices for skipass! Unacceptable! Definitely, I wouldn't suggest the resort to someone else!
March 03, 2013
Golath from Ski Greece Greece
Lousy ski area website: I wanted to have a look and see how conditions were today at Helmos ski resort. Thought of skiing tomorrow maybe. Well, this is what I found on their website: Web cam 1 shows a picture of some concrete Web cam 2 shows a picture taken on 18 Feb -in the middle of the night Web cam 3 shows a view from the chalet, taken yesterday Web cam 4 shows a foggy picture of the top of the Stiga lift. Nothing of value, but at least it is taken today Now, the Kalavrita-ski website was fine some five years ago. Since then it has become worse each year. No organisation at all, confusing, illogical -and ugly!
February 21, 2013
Spiros Pagiatakis from Ski Greece Greece
Since last Friday we all knew that weather conditions would be all time yesterday Wednesday the 20th: sunshine and virtually no winds plus fresh snow from the days before. So we reach the resort around 10:00 with the snow bus and the conditions where even better than what we expected, truly all time. But we found out that Nefeli piste and the Stiga lift will be closed throughout the day and the staff haven't prepared virtually anything else. No snowpark, even the drag lines were not working except for the one at the base. Everyone was cramped at the base lift and drag line, making the wait hilarious for a weekday and so tiring that you couldn't perform on the "slopes" afterwards. Whatever the managers or staff have to say, this Wednesday was a disgrace and surely solidified our belief that it is not a skiing resort, but just a great mountain with some derelict lifts and some people who are satisfied with their business working below even the bare minimum and in days that would be epic for everyone! They might reply to this but really there is nothing that they can say about the situation yesterday which was a disgrace. If you cannot prepare your "resort" for such a great day, you do not belong in this business, period. And the "great snowfall" excuse is hilarious to say the least. I love this mountain so much! I have been snowboarding for 4 years exclusively at Helmos. The conditions at the resort are so awful but I keep on going there. That's how good this mountain is and how bad the owners/managers/staff have always been at their business. I really hope this review makes it through moderation so people can read it and reach the "resort" prepared. Even though i am Greek, i wrote my review in English so foreign skiers/snowboarders know what to expect from Helmos' alleged "snow resort" if and when they come. Such a shame, these people are sitting on the best mountain for skiing/snowboarding in Greece and have absolutely no clue on how to use it. Such a shame.
February 20, 2013
Dimitris from Ski Greece Greece
I have been skiing to Helmos since the early days the snow centre was established... As a result I have experienced both good and the worst service conditions (due to staff or management behaviour or decisions). The last one or two years something looks to be orientated to the right direction and the snow-centre (which is always in my heart, beautiful as it is) has made at last some progress in terms of service and value for money. I used to say that it has turned to be an honest ski centre with proper piste preparation even on weekdays. This season though, it looks as if they have made a step back in time... It is true that the weather has been rough on them, but snow is what a ski centre is expecting and wishing to have after all!!! In my eyes it is inexplicable how the centre is half closed most days this season due to excessive snow... Come on people check your priorities once more and try to keep the center open from bottom to top (maybe not with all the pistes open)... We cannot come to the centre only to ski to Faidra till 12.00 in the best scenario while having to tolerate excuses like "we had a grate snowfall yesterday"!!! So what? when you manage a ski centre it is your first target to be able to maintain good working conditions for the center after such "blessed" days with heavy snow fall, to be able to preserve the snow that has fallen and keep most of the center open the next day!!! Is "Faidra" and in some cases "Achilies" what you call "most of Kalavrita ski resort"? Please, please, please, take into consideration those thoughts, from someone who loves skiing Helmos both in and out of prepared pistes and who would like to ski "Ino" groomed just once (which means you have to keep it like this for a week or so unless you announce the preparation for the following days on the website so we can organise our trip to Helmos)...
February 18, 2013
Jenny from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What has happened to the webcam? It is showing a photo from May 2012! I really enjoyed checking how conditions were even when I couldn't come myself. [note from the editor: we will try and fix any error on the webcam}
February 18, 2013
Jenny from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have skied regularly at Helmos for years and admire the staff who are there in all weathers whereas I can choose to come (courtesy of this website) on a day with good conditions for skiing. However, I have to say that there is a lazy attitude around the lifts like no-one is standing close by to help a beginner get onto a drag lift and at the moment the webcam ....