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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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...)
January 08, 2010
Dimitris from Ski Greece Greece
I have lived in Switzerland and Greece. Parnasos (Mount Parnassos) is a total rip off. Th quality of service is low and the prices are higher than Switzerland in everything. Taking into account the cost per skiing kilometer it is outragious. Save your money and go to Chamonix, Zermatt or even St Moritz any time off the high season. If you go to Austrian smaller ski resorts, even better. Check your self and compare with any travel agency specializing in ski vacations
December 28, 2009
Dimitris D from Ski Greece Greece
Hey all, I see a lot complaining about prices at Mount Parnassos and what places are closeby to eat, rent equipment and stay. A lot also find it frustrating with the morning traffic in Arachova as well as the outrageously tourist-aproach of the locals. Yes, the daily ticket for the mountain itself is a steal but if you consider most of us will pay: aprox 40 euros for gas (return trip) + food, snacks, liquids etc, the 30 euro ticket starts losing it's weight. Should you also consider the major point cards, (aka 400 euro for 80 points = 40 weekend days) granted, you will not visit 40 times...there may not even be 20 weekends all together.. but a simple division of 400 / 30 will convince you.. Consider that there are indeed great places from the other side of the mountain (Tithorea, Amfikleia, Poludrosos etc) with a more friendly atmosphere and great people. You can indeed eat to your heart's content with aprox 15 euro pp, rent cheaper, drink your coffee...and not to mention... there is no traffic blocking the way to the turn up the mountain, just because some bus could not park and just stopped in the middle for all the people in it to pick up their rental equipment. People coming from the north side will know all this. People from Athens, however, know only one way... and that is why you will find them naming the entire mountain "Arachova".
June 26, 2009
Philip Nielsen from Ski Greece Greece
My last (posted) comment was written in December 2006 (please see below), but I must admit that things have become a bit better - more snow and less problems. As I have been skiing for more than 30+ years (in Greece and Europe), I still believe that Mount Parnassos is a magical place for a day trip when the sky is blue with plenty of sun. But again, never go on weekends. 2007-8 and 2008-9 were relatively good years. 2009-2010 is going to be excellent with lots of snow. Take care and start training now.
April 23, 2009
Danaos from Ski Greece Greece
Mount Parnassos is one of the magical mountains of Hellas. Enjoy skiing every day except weekends. We are on late April and still skiing. Enjoy the view from the top, explore the terrain off-piste and feel the magic of near-by Delphi. With sky clear conditions you can see Mountain Olympos to the north. Avoid the celebrity clubs and try to feel the real spirit of the mountain.
March 04, 2009
Chris from Ski Greece Greece
If you are super rich Mount Parnassos is the place you are looking for.
February 28, 2009
Nick from Ski Canada Canada
I hear everyone complaining about the price and everything else at Mount Parnassos. But the truth is it goes by supply and demand; the resort can even consider raising their prices just to get fewer skiers and thus less queues on the lifts. If the price was 18 euros so many more people would go especially amateurs and make Mount Parnassos even more unbearable. Now as for the price for coffee and such, I haven't gone to any resort and found the prices to be decent, so there is no use of signaling out Mount Parnassos. I am interested in the 600 euro 'deal' that has been mentioned in a review. When I went to the Alps I didn't pay anything close to that.
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.
February 13, 2009
Stathis from Ski Greece Greece
Mount Parnassos is in one of the nicest countries in the world. Greece does have a winter and has snow in the mountains. The most famous mountain is Parnassos, 190 km north of Athens, with perfect slopes and organization of everything.
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.