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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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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!!
December 28, 2011
drew from Ski Greece Greece
Am looking forward to the new season and I hope the staff attitude towards paying customers improves this season as well a reliability and speed of the lifts (I also got stuck on the 10th of March this year and got lousy attitude from staff) I also hope they update the pass system soon similar to Parnassos because several times my pass got tatty and they refused to let me on the lift and it took me an hour to sort out a solution. Swore last year I wouldn't come back but I'm going tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
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 ....
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}
January 03, 2015
Theodore from Ski Greece Greece
I went skiing on the first day of the season. That resort actually worked and it was a really awful experience! Although it was a sunny and warm day, two basic lifts were out of order and as a result basic beautiful pistes were off (that forced even intermediate skiers to leave earlier) and the average waiting time for the rest was 20-25 minutes! The personnel who work at the lifts are really rude and slightly helpful! The resort needs a different more serious management for sure!
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.
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)...
January 05, 2015
Dimitris K from Ski Greece Greece
It is generally accepted that there have been gradual and marked improvements from the last administration of the Helmos ski center, in the last couple of years, plus notable initiatives (first children's center on the mountain in Greece!). Apparently, the administration changed this summer and this led to a horrible start of the 2015 season. 1. No children's center anymore. 2. On the first sunny day of operation this year 70% of the resort was off due to ice (difficult to plan for such an event on a ski resort!). 3. No warning from the ticket counters that 70% of the resort was not operational. 4. Charging the standard price; I paid 18 euros for a card after 1pm, same price as when the resort is in full operation. 5.There were not even hot dogs available on the canteens that my children were looking forward to. It appears that five days into January the Center is still not full operational. Great Job from the new manager!
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.
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...