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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January 04, 2009
Nikos from Ski Greece Greece
It's 1:30 hours from Athens to the slopes of Mount Parnassos. The mountain is easily accessible and good enough for us to spend a weekend or a weekday where the slopes are practically empty. The pistes are really not that bad; there are more than 30 different runs from 1-5 km. We do have a small snow park with 3-4 proper jumps and a couple of rails. When we want to spend 1000s, yes, we do go abroad where the slopes are bigger and better.
December 25, 2008
stelios sylignakis from Ski Greece Greece
Some facts about Mount Parnassos: Last year they were operating almost 80% of the lifts, even pn working days. In terms of snowfall: 2006 was a really bad year, since then every year seems to become better and better . Mount Parnassos needs our support to improve it's quality and services in order to keep on giving us the opportunity to ski every weekend in our hot south and beautiful country.
December 25, 2008
Lars Pedersen from Ski Norway Norway
Parnassos (Mount Parnassos) is a beautiful mountain as such with tremendous potential. Close to Athens, accessible, and close to the sea. Can be blissfully combined with a visit to the seaside afterwards. That would be even more true for the resort if the runs were groomed, the prices more adapted to the services offered (18 euros on weekends would be acceptable) given that the resort is really small compared to what Europe offers. Restoration is at least sad and very expensive. No warm food is offered, and a cup of coffee is a total rip off. The nearby hotels are really expensive given the infrastructure and services offered (why should a sauna or Hamam be considered a luxury while it is the standard even for hotels in countries such as Bulgaria?) So personally, although I live in Greece and work for a lawyers office I got myself a 7 nights booking in Chamonix , Mont Blanc, at a 4 stars hotel with the flights included for 600 euro. At least I am sure the mountain is glorious, there is a real ski culture. Cheers, Lars,
December 11, 2008
JohnFromAthens from Ski Greece Greece
Recently,the price-list was published for the 2008-2009 season for the Mount of Parnasus. For people not aware of the Greek language,it must have been a mastermind,the so called "Drivas-Mind" that thought of the system used. You actually need to use Advanced Diofantine Algorithms to Define X,Y so you can know how much you need to pay...
December 08, 2008
STELIOS SYLIGNAKIS from Ski Greece Greece
It's so funny to read your comments my dear halphGreek friends. I am a 31 years old Greek citizen from Athens and I am skiing since the age of 4. I was a competition skier for some years (not with very interesting results) but all those years when I am coming back from my January skiing week mainly in the Alps I adore spending the rest weekends of the year in Parnassos; just 1:30 hours door to door from my house in Athens . Arachova is super expensive and crowded but why don't you mention the front side of the mountain (Polydrossos, Gravia and Mariolata and so many gorgeous little villages where you can stay with €30 per night and and eat with €15 /person in great traditional Tavernas? Lots of times I was skiing in Parnassos during the morning and then, by driving for 1 hour, water-skiing or swimming in Chalkis or Aliartos (where in the world can you do that?). Yes, it's expensive but they are trying to make the center profitable by operating just 4 months per year. I am so glad that beautiful Parnassos (Fterolaka with it's amazing off-piste) exists. There are northern countries like Denmark, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and more where ski fans can't spend their weekends doing their favourite sport. Don't tell me that you people are not jealous of us now.
April 01, 2008
Alex from Ski United States United States
Expensive & full of "noumera". that is true. However, on weekdays, this resort is a gem of nice skiing, thrilling off-piste and powder runs. After a snowfall, skiing under the Iraklis chair lift is great. Gently steep, ending in the "Koilada". Sahara is northern facing and keeps the powder for days and days after a snowfall. From Ermis mid-station [Syndetiko], ski down to the parking at Kelaria 1750. More than 500m descent, untracked, careful for some rocks. Dare I mention the Gerontovraxos Couloir?! People in the Alps are glorifying such north facing couloirs, yet in Parnassos it is rarely tracked. Ok, so it needs about a 30 minute walk to reach, but so what? The memory of leaving tracks on that couloir will last more than 30 minutes, guaranteed! And stop complaining about the expensive restaurant & coffee. Get some sandwiches from home and a bottle of water in your backpack and all you will spend is 30Eur for a ski pass.
January 28, 2008
rodPosse from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Now the mountain belongs to us... rodPosse...!
January 22, 2008
Kostas from Ski Greece Greece
It is typical of how service is usually perceived in the public sector as well as in many privately operated companies. Bulgaria is next door with Borovets as the best resort and soon FYROM and even Kosovo will have their own modern resorts. New EU motorways under construction will cut the traveling time even for weekend day visits.
January 19, 2008
Stamatis from Ski Greece Greece
Expensive, expensive, expensive, Oh! did I mention it is expensive? I have skied all over the world and, quite honestly, I have never dealt with such rude & unprofessional staff in my life. I wonder if the management reads these reviews? I will never come back. Not because of the ridiculous charge for a coffee at the lodge, but because I like to be treated with respect. Shame on the management or "lack of management"
December 29, 2007
TPap from Ski Greece Greece
So the picture is very clear ... The mountain could have been better without all these "androids" without brains that run it. The worst thing about this resort is the people who run it. I wonder if most of them even finished elementary school. They did not receive any hospitality and behaviour lessons for sure. Let's raise our voices and bring some really experienced resort management professionals that are not corrupt and not related to dirty politicians. There is still a chance. Until then, with the same amount of money, one can get a really nice week arrangement in Lech or Zermatt or Cervinia. Why bother with the "androids" ?