Visitor reviews for Mount Parnassos Ski Resort

Mount Parnassos Ratings

Overall: 3.2. Based on 111 votes and 60 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.5

(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) Mount Parnassos is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 3.3

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

Off-piste: 3.4

(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.

Scenery: 3.9

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

Access: 3.5

(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 Mount Parnassos.

Public Transport: 3.3

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

Accommodation: 3.9

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

Cheap Rooms: 3.2

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

Luxury Hotels: 4.2

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

Ski in/Ski out: 2.5

(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: 2.5

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

Snowmaking: 1.9

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

Snow Grooming: 3.7

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

Shelter: 2.7

(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) Mount Parnassos is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.6

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mount Parnassos, 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: 4.0

(1) Mount Parnassos 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: 3.3

(1) The staff at Mount Parnassos are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Parnassos 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: 3.7

(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: 3.7

(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.

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: 3.7

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

Advanced: 3.3

(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: 2.5

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

Cross-country: 2.6

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

Luge/Toboggan: 2.4

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

Mountain Dining: 3.0

(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: 3.7

(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: 2.4

(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: 3.2

(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: 3.0

(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: 2.8

(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): 3.2

(1) Overall, Mount Parnassos 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): 2.9

(1) Overall, Mount Parnassos 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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February 08, 2011
Vangelis from Ski Greece Greece
Mount Parnassos is a magical mountain, home of the historical Oracle of Delphi and of mythical gods, demigods and creatures. A place of high energy and of beautiful surroundings at two hour’s drive from Athens, the capital of Greece. General description of the resort: The ski resort is divided into two areas, Kellaria and Fterolaka. Kellaria is a bit bigger, busier and generally preferred by snowboarders and the less skilled skiers. It also features the only modern chairlift in Greece. By modern we mean a fast four-seater that slows down for pick up and drop off. At some point in the season, a snowboard park is in operation, which is mostly badly maintained due to lack of funding (season riders offer their services as shapers in exchange for a season lift pass and the drivers of the grooming vehicles are rarely enthusiastic about spending hours ,that would otherwise be free time, in order to help build and maintain the park). Fterolaka features old school (tragically slow) chairlifts and higher difficulty runs. Each area has its own parking lot but the two areas are also connected by a chairlift which, unfortunately, does not work all days so beware. The side of Fterolaka features some very nice off-piste runs when the snow is good and plentiful. The resort is the busiest one in Greece, mainly due to its proximity to Athens, but also because it is supposed to be the biggest and best one in Greece, though the latter is debatable. On the quite frequent sunny days, the views all the way down to the sea are beautiful and its proximity to the sea side make it possible to ski in the morning and enjoy a swim in the sea and a fresh fish late lunch by the sea side in the afternoon, mostly at towards the end of the season. Link to the resort’s web site (only in Greek): parnassos-ski.gr Around the resort: There are a very wide selection of villages at distances between 20 to 45 minutes drive from the resort. The most famous one (and ridiculously expensive one for all services) is Arachova, which is the equivalent of Mykonos Island, for the winter season. All the other villages are reasonably priced and offer a wide range in budget and quality of services. There is no on-resort, car-free accommodation and there is no bus service from the villages to the resort, so you will definitely need your own transportation. Always get informed about road conditions before driving off and have with you snow chains or snow tires on your car. Resort’s main pros: 1. Proximity to Athens 2. Beautiful surroundings 3. Lift-time to ride-time ratio, on week days, with the modern chairlift. Since this lift is fast and has practically no queues on weekdays, and the relevant slopes are not so long, you can ski/ride all day long without getting tired. You are on the limit of being tired by the time you are down (5-30 minutes depending on your level) and you are back up again in a long enough time for a quick rest, but short enough time to not get cold muscles (i.e. 5-6 minutes). 4. Wide range of difficulty level 5. Plenty of things to do and see around the resort (archaeological sites, various activities e.t.c.) Resort’s main Cons: 1. Ridiculously expensive for the services offered. You do feel totally ripped off whenever you pay for anything on the resort (weekend and public holiday lift pass, refreshments, coffees, snacks). 2. Very old equipment, with the exception of the modern chairlift, though well maintained and safe to use. 3. Impossible to enjoy a good skiing day on weekends (especially the ones with good weather/snow conditions), due to incredible amounts of people and inadequacy of resort infrastructure (on all levels: parking, buying the lift pass, lift queues, restaurant e.t.c.) to accommodate such quantities people. 4. It belongs to the Greek public sector (for the ones that do not know what this means: employees with no motivation whatsoever to work since they cannot get fired, loss of income and increased expenses due to poor management and alleged -but believed by most- enormous kickbacks for any piece of equipment bought, general lack of motivation to enlarge and improve the resort due to endless bureaucratic procedures and constant changes of political parties in power - i.e. the typical corrupt public sector and government scenarios). 5. All the above 'cons' stress out people to the point where they are unable to enjoy what is supposed to be a fun day and an escape from the city and its problems. Unfortunately, the sight of arguments (sometimes even fist fights) at a queue is common and frequent (on weekends). 6. There are no 'all inclusive' weekly packages that you can take advantage of in order to save money. A week’s skiing in Mt Parnassos -all inclusive- will probably cost you about 50% more than if you travel abroad to go skiing for the same amount of days, including transport costs! In a nutshell: To have a good day’s skiing/riding, just go on any weekday and all is peachy fine (day pass is currently 15Euros for weekdays) and you will for sure enjoy your day, given good weather and snow conditions. If you want to avoid the other rip offs, just have your own snacks/water/refreshments/beer/tea with you and if staying overnight, avoid Arachova. If you are planning to go on a weekend or public holiday, arm yourself with patience and be prepared to pay a lot of money for nothing in particular (day lift pass currently 30Euros). Make sure that you are the first person on the resort (max 08.00hrs) to avoid the traffic jams from cars stuck in the snow on the way up, the parking chaos and the lift pass queues and to enjoy 3-5 runs with few people. From 11.00hrs to around 15.00hrs be prepared for extremely long waiting times, a period to enjoy sunbathing, relaxing or back-country/off-piste exploring and then you are left with an hour of small queues again (until 16.00hs which is the normal closing time). Make also sure that you leave well after the masses to avoid traffic jams and frustration on the way down.
April 06, 2015
Ahmet Douas from Ski Greece Greece
You know what? Not bad; I see an improvement. The new lift at Vakkos that opened 2014/15 changes things a lot. The mountain may still be small and easy, but at least you have some skiing 2 hours away from Athens and is a good place to practice your skills. The resort, as a whole, seems better organized this year with the electronic ski passes, ability to charge them online, not to mention the fact that the parking is better organized. Another big plus, it seems the billionaire prices in the ski resort cafeteria have become much more reasonable so you can actually have a snack there. I went in early April and got the 20% off as only about half of the pistes were working. Keep it up!
January 26, 2009
skiersince88 from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Parnassos Ski Center (Mount Parnassos): we're talking about the biggest and the most organized resort in Greece about 1.5 hours from Athens. Usually with very good snow quantity and quality. As I know, in the last 2 years a new company has taken responsibility for safety and operations and lots of new projects are taking place at Mount Parnassos.
March 23, 2010
Panayotis from Ski Greece Greece
Because Parnassos (Mount Parnassos) resort consists of two distinct resorts, real skiers should avoid Kellaria and prefer Fterolaka: less crowded and cheaper prices at the cafeteria. (it's run by a different company...)
February 02, 2020
Gigi from Ski Greece Greece
Overpriced, disorganized with ski schools not giving receipts or caring about kids safety. Very disappointing.
February 27, 2009
Chris Lappas from Ski Greece Greece
Mount Parnassos is the largest ski centre in Greece. It cannot compare with Alpine resorts, but what it lacks in facilities, it makes up in terms of annual snowfall due to its proximity to the sea. The views from the top of lifts such as "Odysseas", "Iraklis" and "Ermis" can be truely breathtaking and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. In the last few years there has been a marked effort to operate the centre at full capacity and it shows. The lifts may be in dire need of replacement and an extension to the more snow-sure area known as "Ano Kellaria" has been on the cards for longer than any skier in Greece remembers, but the staff appear determined to make the most of what is available under what can be very adverse weather conditions. As a result, queues have been greatly reduced despite a considerable increase in the number of skiers and snowboarders who visit Mount Parnassos resort. The terrain at Mount Parnassos is varied and includes some gentle slopes in Kellaria as well as some very interesting steeps off-piste in Fterolaka. There is also some limited tree-skiing to be enjoyed, although, because it lies at a relatively low altitude, snow coverage there is far from guaranteed. Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of nightlife, mainly in the picturesque village of Arachova and the surrounding area boasts one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: Delphi.
June 14, 2011
alex from Ski Greece Greece
Short slopes, average for off-piste skiing, very expensive, avoid visiting it at the weekends...
January 02, 2012
Tony from Ski Greece Greece
Avoid like the plague... Went up with a friend on Tuesday 27th December, drive up the mountain from Amfiklia was interesting as the roads hadn't been cleared. Arrived to be greated by dense cloud (visibility 2m or less) and strong winds. Staff were apologetic and said that due to the Christmas holidays, the weekend charge would be applicable... Due to the visibility and wind only one lift (Aiolos) was open and they didn't know if the others would open... Full price pass though (30 euro)! Take it or leave it. We paid and we were lucky that the weather opened up and 15.00 (1 hour before the end) and we got a couple runs in the sun. Parnassos is too damn expensive, and they (the management) do not care about customer satisfaction. Other local mountains have started providing offers, lowering lift prices and should be supported instead.
February 14, 2012
Jon Mines from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I haven't done any skiing in Greece for 30 years, but I spend a lot of time in Greece every year and finally decided to spend some time in Parnassos this year. The conditions have been really difficult this week, but that could happen in the Alps as well. I've seen a lot of comments about the cost versus other parts of Europe, but...if you can accept the "level" of the skiing, it's about half the price. A 4 star hotel in Arachova is about the same as a cupboard in Chamonix, a day's ski hire and lift pass is about 25 euros and eating out is about 15 euros per head with wine - what's not to like?
December 29, 2012
Kostis from Ski Greece Greece
Parnassos resort can be seen as a broader reflection of the position of infrastructure in the Greek landscape. It entails some incredibly charming elements (sun, views, food, villages, archaeological sites, general sensorial feeling) along with various less-compelling ones, such as overcrowding, inflexibility of the staff as regards the prices (in days where the resort is half-closed), old lifts, high prices at the canteens, relatively high ticket-price and so on. It still represents the best option for those dwelling in Athens and there has been some signs of improvement (e.g. ticket discounts in the 2012-2013 season). Keep in mind that, essentially, we are dealing with one piste overall (Iraklis) which can become slightly tedious for those returning throughout the years.