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Kalavryta Ski Resort Resort Reviews

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Kalavryta Ski Resort Resort Reviews

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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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December 15, 2009
Drew leach from Ski Greece Greece
Helmos is Great on powder days, and there's quite some scope for back country riding. But the parking attendants are the rudest bunch of idiots I've ever come across, telling you to move your car for no reason once they've watched you get your boots on, and considering you're a paying customer willing to pay nearly 30 euros a pass (usually I've got 4 to a car) and have driven 2 hours to get there someone in charge needs to address this problem or they're gonna end up with nose bleeds. The lifts at Helmos are slow and outdated, plus the attendants don't make people fill the chairs, so you're waiting ages for no reason. Have been coming here for the past 5 seasons and it's getting worse.
March 20, 2009
Ben Bland from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
This little mountain (Helmos) has so much potential, especially for the ‘free-rider’. I went there the other day and the off-piste conditions were not good, so I skied on piste for two hours. The piste skiing is pretty limited but the off-piste, on a day when we get snow, is really something. The mountain offers a variety of descents – through trees, on the open Styga front side, down gullies on the back side of Styga and then there is a lot more if you are prepared to look for it and walk a little. I am not going to tell all the secrets otherwise those peaceful times off-piste will be ruined but believe me, there are many challenging and enjoyable parts to this mountain (Helmos) for the fit and accomplished rider and if they invested in a few more lifts, Kalavryta might even attract foreigners just like me. Now, one very large grumble, ok yet another very large grumble. I bought a season ticket at Helmos which cost Euro 350. The idea was to avoid all the queuing and hassle that is recognised to occur. I like to park my car by the bottom button lift (Daphne) put my skis on and go. Now for some reason the staff don’t want me to do this and keep insisting for me to move the car even if the car park is empty and I have my ski boots on. They have obviously been given instructions. In my opinion there could be savings made here that will allow me to park my car at the bottom of the lift. After all I have paid 350 Euro not to be irritated by queues, crowds, parking attendants and lift operators.
February 24, 2009
des from Ski Greece Greece
If Helmos was not the nearest ski field to me I don't think I would visit it. This is not because of the snow quality or the slopes, but because of the staff who watch people having problems with the lifts and, instead of helping them, they stare and laugh. The prices at Helmos are also are very high and from Monday to Thursday some of the lifts are out of order for silly reasons.
February 10, 2009
Chrstos Tsiv from Ski Greece Greece
I have visited the Kalavrita Ski Center (Helmos) on the 1st of February. The weather was great, the snow also. Many people visited the mountain with the hope to have a great ski day. Unfortunately the people working at the ski lifts made sure that nobody would be pleased. Their attitude was outrageous. Instead of helping people getting on the lifts, they were just standing back enjoying the spectacle of people missing the lifts, fall down, getting hurt and creating a huge traffic. When people were telling them "why are you not helping the skiers" their reply was "it is not my job", "I don't care" and "if you don't like it never come in Kalavrita again". I have visited many ski centers in Greece and Europe, it was the first time to face such an outraging behaviour. The lift crew were a disgrace for the Ski Center at Helmos. I am going to think twice before I go skiing in Kalavrita again.
January 22, 2009
Ben Bland from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been skiing on Helmos for 6 years now and, I have to say that the way in which the centre operates is getting better. It could, of course, get better still but that is not the reason for this report. I am amazed, shocked, outraged, appalled, horrified at the cost of hot drinks in both cafes on the mountain. What is it in Greece? Why should drinks cost so much money and why should they have increased the price by 30-50% since last season? There is an economic crisis going on all over the world and these two cafes increase their prices by so much. Please, all you riders, make a stand, say something and refuse to pay these ridiculous prices. Fill your thermos flasks and stop them charging so much.
January 21, 2009
marios from Ski Greece Greece
Went to Helmos for what was expected to be a perfect ski day on Monday, 19th of January. On the contrary, the ski center was closed until 10:00. When finally opened, Styga + Artemis were closed (of course) due to strong winds (they said). At 12:30 they announced that Artemis will open as soon as they de-freeze it. I have not visited all the other Greek resorts, but I am pretty sure that Helmos is the worst by far, in terms of management, staff, and price/quality. The locals are furious with the resort-management and skiers too.
January 08, 2009
PHIL from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having posted a mixed review in Jan this year I have to update this after my latest visit to Helmos. Whilst the chalet is unchanged, there are increased prices: 4 euros for coffee and 5.50 for a sandwich - astounding. However the ski rental shop has turned around and service bordered on jovial. They had no boots my size and understandably I was annoyed as my family then had to wait for me or go with out me. But the shop staff apologised, ordered boots from Kalavrita and gave me cake while I waited. The lift staff have improved as well. 2 great days skiing.
December 30, 2008
orestis from Ski Greece Greece
For those that are trying to find out why "Agyra" and "Styga" are closed is because they don't have enough stuff to work at the resort to open it. I know this from a very good source. The thing they said about a major part that missing to fix Agyra is total rubbish... Enjoy though but don't buy anything that they give you.
December 29, 2008
john from Ski Greece Greece
Totally rubbish. Such a great waste of money and disappointing in every way (stuff,lifts,pricing).
December 27, 2008
orestis from Ski Greece Greece
Hello there, Probably on top 3 resorts in Greece mountain wise in my opinion but for sure on the top of the worst lifts, food, value for money, workers, and of course, management. All these good news I reckon won't happen this year(2009) I remember this resort from when I was a little boy and nothing changed except prices. I've been there 2 days now and I realised some widenings on the terrain but there are many things that need to change. They even have problems printing the tickets on time and on below freezing temperature you can't wait for ever to buy a ticket. Simple changes will make this resort to breath. The mountain has everything we need to spend money for and of course enjoy everything without blessing for every penny we give there. Did you realise the smell inside the chalet?? They even got foreign people to work for free there without thinking of getting young people from Kalavryta to fill the gaps. That's Greece. Happy new year everyone and have a great safe season.