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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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December 05, 2007
dimos from Ski Greece Greece
I fully agreed with "A skier" and "R.Chrisanthopoulou". Management is the worst I ever meet. I prefer 1 week in Alps by saving money with not going to Helmos. I don't want to see them all. They pretend that they know everything but really they don't know even the basics. I'm really sorry.
March 09, 2006
SnowBlades from Ski Greece Greece
Yes, I agree with the rest of you. It IS a great mtn, however it does have some serious problems, a lot of which can be fixed for little or no money, so why doesn't the management do anything to improve conditions? I have no idea. Here are my suggestions - (Mr Tsekouras are you listening?) 1. To improve the long lift lines: have the stupid lift attendants MAKE skiers FILL THE CHAIRS. It's ridiculous for 1 person to hog a 3-person chair lift. During peak hours, if skiers were made to fill the chairs, the wait time would be reduced by half. 2. How to improve safety: the outdoor areas around the lower chalet are very slippery and I've seen many people slip, fall and get hurt. How about putting some salt or rubber mats on these slippery areas? And the entrance to the chalet should have rubber mats - it's also a very slippery area and dangerous. PLUS, the upper chalet, the hall leading to the bathrooms - put rubber mats in there too. OR at least some salt. 3. Add one more "ticket kiosk" for the weekends. The existing one is not enough and you have to wait in line forever just to buy a lift ticket... Or how about buying tickets ON LINE through the kalavrita-ski website? 4. Do something with that big stone chalet on the upper level of the mtn. It's a pretty building and it should be put to use. How about using the lower level of that building for lockers and storage???
January 29, 2006
Nicholas Vembos from Ski Greece Greece
Hello everybody, Here I write again, after a joyfull weekend at Helmos/Kalavrita resort. This weekend I have to admit that the ski centre was fully prepared and worked fine. The Styga lift as well as all the others were serviced and fully functional. The pistes were in excellent condition and the off piste... like fluffy clouds. The people responsible there did a great job after the unusual heavy snowfall we experienced all over Greece the previous days. The only thing that I noticed wrong was that the official Kalavrita-ski site was informing the visitors that all roads leading to the resort were accessible only with snow chains which was not true. All the roads leading from Diakofto up to the ski centre were absolutely snowless and without any spot of ice. Even a few turns of the road where the temperature was remaining at -4 celsius were clear; excellent. It is likely that all the complaints done by all the people two Saturdays ago (and I asure you that they were many) helped for the good result. Lets hope that it'll stay that way. Enjoy.
January 22, 2006
Nicholas Vembos from Ski Greece Greece
Heya there everyone. As I have wrote before, I am still a hot fan of Kalavrita resort. Our problem has a name. The name of who is 100% responsible for all the mess there is TSEKOURAS. He is the one to blame for every "little" glitch in the system there since he is the manager for many years (as a matter of fact he has been for many years). As I heard yesterday, they have even hire a special technician for supporting the lifts this year. Great job.... its only the third functional weekend of this year and yesterday (Saturday 21st January, STYGA broke down holding more than 100 people on the air for more than an hour !!!!!! (not to mention that it was actually the first Saturday with STYGA 1&2 open). And its not only that. Around 11:30 I was going up using the lift of ARTEMIS and it stopped 10m berore I reach the top. I was waiting for it to restart and after 5-10mins, the operator of the lift yelled at me (personally me) to get off the lift because the lift could not function due to overweight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just released the button and... miracle ! The lift started. And out of the 40 approx double buttons, only 15 or 20 had two skiers. All the rest was single persons!! I cannot say anything else. There are moments that I really feel embarrased for a few Greeks that destroy our country name as a tourist resort all year around. Enjoy.
January 16, 2006
Graham Wood from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What can I say about Kalavryta that hasn't already been said? The lift prices are ridiculous when you consider that at Vasilitsa (which is a far superior centre) it costs only 13 euros for a day pass. Love Kalavryta's off-piste trails and when it's clear you are not likely to get a better view from any ski centre in Greece. Having said that, poor management and deadly slow lifts that can't cope with the volume of people during the busy times make for a frustrating experience far too often. Spend some cash, get some faster lifts!!
January 13, 2006
Michael Xylogiannopoulos from Ski Greece Greece
It was impossible last weekend (6th of January 2006) - the ski center was fully opererated, BUT with many many problems, one of them was the electrical power in Achilleas and Dafni lifts, we waited more than a half an hour, because the lifts was out of operation. I am wondering why the management of the Helmos Ski Center don't get worried about the operation of the Center. After one year there was NOT ready to hold so many thirsty skiers, however they announced the price list ealrier in October, and they promoted the arrival of the Winters Olympic Games flame. It's unacceptable to pay for less of 3 hours of skiing more than 20 euros. Notice: For another such time Stiga opened at 11:00am. Michael X.
January 12, 2006
Antonis C. from Ski Greece Greece
This ski resort is the prevailing Greek mentality in a nutshell. Poor services for outrageous prices. "If customers don't have too much of a choice, do the absolutely minimum and rip them off anyway. What can they do?". It's a small resort by any global standards, even though the scenery is beautiful. And it's true; if you don't have a choice, well, you'll go there. Parnassos is quite a lot bigger, but it's too crowded and has plenty of people who just wanna show off, while nearby Arahova is just a fashion parade. By contrast, it's worth going to Helmos for nearby Kalavryta village which is a lot more picturesque and laid back. The Helmos ski resort, contrary to Parnassos which is a bold mountain, is also dotted with trees here and there, so you really enjoy a relaxed descent, feelng you are really in nature. The prices for using the ski lifts are outrageous indeed and there's little value for money but well, if you don't have a choice...
December 12, 2005
Angelos from Patras from Ski Greece Greece
I belive that Kalavrita ski center is really a great center in Greece and especially for Peloponisos. But I think that there is a problem with the prices on the tickets......!The tickets are too expensive for anyone. I think that is not worth going there many times in the year. The rensposibles are 'stealers'....!!!
November 25, 2005
Ben Bland from Ski Greece Greece
Well,I have ski'd all over the place, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland and Kalavryta ski centre. It is a shame that what could be a fabulous little resort is a disorganised chaos. What the resort needs is an enthusiastic management that care about getting the lifts running as often as possible. Two years ago I watched three piste bashers sit unused whilst over four meters of fresh snow accumilated on the top. The top lift was closed due to too much snow.... unbelievable!!! What had actually happened is that some lazy manager decided he/she couldn't be bothered to dig out the bottom of the lift, so the chairs sat under the snow. However when the resort is open you can find yourself skiing waist deep powder with views of the sea..... fantastic!!
November 15, 2005
Nicholas Vembos from Ski Greece Greece
Dear visitors, I agree about the worst possible management of the ski center BUT, 1. The place is of magnicicent natural beauty... you have to see to understand (I second this, I think the area has some of the finest scenery in Europe and the train ride from Diakofto is superb -Ed.) 2. Off piste ? ... just excellent 3. Fare ? ... expensive yes BUT I do not think that skiing is for poor people. 4. The only bad thing I find is that they close down the ski centre when the wind is little above 20mph ... very conservative. 5. The waiting time for the lifts is low (5-15 min tops) compared to ski center Parnassos where the waiting time could sometimes reach 50 mins !!!!!!! just to enjoy sliding down for 6 mins !!!! I recomend the place 100%. I go there EVERY weekend starting early January and ending mid March. Enjoy.