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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 23, 2008
nikos from Ski Greece Greece
Only one question... Why they don't change the "Styga" lift with a three-four chair lift at Helmos (it's the only one that is worth taking). They make so much money every year and they'll make even more if they do that.
December 19, 2008
Nicholas Vembos from Ski Greece Greece
December 19, 2008 Nicholas Vembos from GREECE A new snow season seems to be ready to start in Kalavryta and I am anxiously expecting the weather to make us feel happy again. I would like to share a few really nice things I observed and heard about the Helmos ski center which verify that a new era has began for the ski center last winter. This summer/autumn was again a busy period and a lot of ground forming works were done to smooth the slopes. Achileas was widened and other pistes were worked. I heard that a snow park is been formed on the upper level (2020m) at Helmos where Hercules used to be. This is excellent news and I am looking forward to use it. Since the snow has already started to fall there, I believe that this will happen pretty soon. Unfortunately, this year, the prices did not remain the same as last year and have been increased to 25 euro per day (+14%). Helmos is not cheep. Lets hope that the service will be improved compared to previous years. I keep my fingers crossed (I do that since last year) and will observe closely to report again with good news I hope. I wish to all pleasant and safe rides and a happy new year. See you on the slopes Cheers Nick.
January 30, 2008
kostas from Ski Greece Greece
Hello everyone. I read SNOWBLADES' comments and I have one argument to make about the lifts. You wrote that it is unacceptable for one person to hog a 3-person lift. Well,I've been there the previous weekend and the people you called stupid were almost screaming to us, so that we go by 3 on the lift Achilleas. Do you want to know what happened? Everyone wanted to go with his friend and refused to come front so that everyone would be served quicker. Therefore,I ask you this:how would you like it, if the lift attendants put a gun on our heads, so that we go by 3? I agree on all the rest you mentioned though...
January 27, 2008
Phil from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having now twice visited this resort in a month it's positive and negatives are fairly obvious. The position is fantastic, the runs are limited but good enough for a couple of days and if there was more snow the off-piste is extensive. The ski hire on the mountain is sloppy and the equipment dire. The bars are expensive and unimaginative; a little competition might help. Weekends are a nightmare; stay away but Saturday is best if you must.
January 04, 2008
Nicholas Vembos from Ski Greece Greece
Dear all Thursday through Saturday 27-29 December was superb for me and my son. We enjoyed Helmos slopes and off piste very much. All slopes were open and we even managed to get down and enjoy Styga-1. Styga-1 usually needs too much snow to open and since it is considered as very difficult and dangerous it does not open very often. On Saturday (as expected) it got crowded especially after 12 o'clock. My comments for this time ? Just excellent. Everything was in the right order and functioning. Nothing bad to report :o Lets hope it stays that way. Love and kisses to everybody. And wishes for a happy new year. PS1 Paul. Please makeup your mind which country are you from. PS2 Paul. It seems that you have never set foot on this mountain. If you had you would notice that chair lifts have never been changed there since 20 years now. Are you referring to a different ski center ? PS3 Paul and everybody. Be sure that if and when EU or any other organization aproves any funds towards Kalavrita ski center.... we will surely notice it.
December 29, 2007
Makis from Ski United States United States
I had gone skiing back in the 90's at this resort and remembered some incredible views and off-piste skiing. I recently returned as a snowboarder and what can I say... incredible natural beauty. I've been pretty much everywhere from east to west in NA and this was truely an amazing experience. The only negative thought I had was; boy, this would be a world class destination if someone actually knew how to manage it and invest a little money in better and more lifts. Recommended: Yes! On weekdays only! Positives: Breathtaking views, Incredible intermediate and advanced off-piste Cons: Really poor lift system in terms of volume.
December 29, 2007
paul from Ski Greece Greece
I don't know if the resort is the worst in the world but the management is surely the most corrupted in the world!!!!!!!! The double chair lift should be brand new but the management preferred buying used ones and then split the money!!!! Spread the message!!!!!!!!
December 29, 2007
paul from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
The management took a big subsidy from the European Union to change the lifts but instead they bought used ones and you can imagine what happened to the rest of the money. No one ever knew about this. Anyway, it's something rare in Greece. Please tell everyone!!!!!!
December 26, 2007
Nicholas Vembos from Ski Greece Greece
Hello everybody. It has been a while since I last wrote here and I have much fresh stuff to tell. Although I have been frustrated from the bad organization of the snow center which I like so much, I have to mention a few very positive things that took place lately. 1. The administration of the snow center seems to respond to our posts and to tens of others posted elsewhere. I do not remember an other time the last few years that the snow center opened at 16th December. 2. The prices remain the same with last year. Not that it's cheep but at least they were not "adjusted". 3. Since the only lift working was Achileas, the price was reduced (15 Euro) 3. After a couple of hours they opened the anchor lift and after 2 days they opened Stiga !!!. Yes Stiga was open all the previous week !!!!!. It seems that something good is happening there. I cross my fingers and will observe closely to report again with good news I hope. Lets hope that a new "era" is emerging for the Kalavrita Snow Center. I wish to all pleasant and safe rides and a happy new year. See you on the slopes where I'll be tomorrow and for three days. Cheers Nick.
December 24, 2007
720rodeo from Ski Greece Greece
The worst possible organized resort in the world.(even worse than Parnassos). The one and only lift that is worth taking (Stiga 1-2 pistes) is double chaired and very slow so you have to wait 20 minutes to take it. Sometimes it doesn't work properly or it starts at 11.00-12.00 o'clock or maybe it doesn't works at all (like the first day that the resort operated for this year and they said that they hadn't time to get it ready!!! after the hole summer and the expectation of the upcoming snowfall). The personnel are bad and rude sometimes but they're not to blame so much as the management. The pass for the lifts costs 24 Euros at weekends and the skiers and snowboarders are so many so you can imagine that the profit is very high. However, no new lifts are made and even the older ones are not getting a little better. At the end of the day, the resort has some possibilities if management cares. But with these people managing don't expect nothing better than 5-6 10 minute runs each day with 2 hours nerve breaking waiting at the cashiers and the lifts.