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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December 24, 2007
nik from Ski Greece Greece
Really expensive compared to the pistes and lifts. The best piste in the resort (Hercules) is a five minute run and a quarter waiting on line until you take the lift and you might not see it working some days (so you compromise with the more boring and smaller ones). When the lift that connects Kelaria with Fterolaka is open you have an off-piste opportunity but that's really rare because that lift is rarely open. Generally it's the same story with most of the resorts in Greece (at least near Athens). You don't have many choices so they don't try to make conditions better because either ways you'll pick one of them to go (no competition so not better quality).
December 24, 2007
Alex Papas from Ski Greece Greece
Parnassos ski resort: What a great disapointment....! Though the administration has changed after many years (government not involved any more) the results are even worse than before. If you decide to go there you must be desperate for some skiing, packed with a lot of patience and not have a problem with being robbed off. When you ask for some manager and not just a girl behind the cashier, to explain why they make skiers wait 1-2 hours just for entering the resort (you must wait in the same line with people that want to take the cabin and go the resort just for coffee...), they just never show up. Sad to say but this is the truth. I could go on but I'll stop here. Congratulations!
December 22, 2006
philip nielsen from Ski Greece Greece
I have been skiing for more than 30 years (in Greece and Europe). If you compare Mount Parnassos to the main European skiing resorts you may be disappointed. Mount Parnassos ski resort has 3 skiing areas: a. Kelaria: the most popular and'trendy' but fully packed. Make sure that you arrive very early in the morning to park near the bottom lift or else you will not avoid a lot of walking to the lifts from and to the parking lot. You will find everyone here and you can even make some public relations with 'trendy people' that smoke 25 cm Cohiba cigars on the chairlifts. b. Fterolaka: it is mainly only open at weekends and is a quieter place. It is a favorite of the 'real' ski lovers and not the ski fashion victims). b. Gerondovrachos: nice, private place but no real infrastructure. There can be a lack of snow here. The pros: For me being half Greek/half Danish it's amazing. Denmark is a real cold country in winter with more than 600.000 active skiers and has no skiing center. Greece, on the other hand, is known for sun and sea as a summer resort and has more than 25 skiing centers. 1. The Mount Parnassos ski resort is only a little 2 hour drive from Athens. This means that if you work all night in your office you can leave at 06:00 hrs and actually be on your skis at 08:15 and be back at the office at 19:30 hrs. Great. I will be doing this at least once a week this year. 2. Mount Parnassos is one of the biggest resorts in Greece and has approx 25km of ski pistes with about 14 ski lifts. 3. There is nearly always snow from December to April; the best month is sunny March. 4. The nearby sea gives nice views and is a close drive (only 45 minutes to the sea) but does influences the snow quality. However, with a fresh fall of snow, the powder is enjoyable. 5. Although it’s a must to visit on a week day the really better places in Greece are up north (Falakro, Vasilitsa, Seli and Voras). At least people there are friendly and less snobbish. It is cheaper and less crowded. 6. Fterolaka has the best run; it's called No 6. 7. Many good tavernas exist in the Oropedio Valley. 8. Most of the days you get great sunshine, but always be aware of using sun goggles and the stones in spring. 9. After the 20th of March there is usually enough good snow for another month. As it gets very cold in the night the snow quality remains good until approx 14:00 thus you can get some good skiing even on weekends as the Athenians have headed for their yachts and beaches. 10. A last comment: if you want a really good skiing instructor make sure you get a qualified one. The one with the best patience and correct technique is a guy called Vasilis Baldumis (in a world of amateurs this guy really knows his stuff). The cons: 1. The place is over crowded (never think on going on weekends, at least not before the 15th of March). 2. It is tremendously expensive for what it offers, price for the 2006-2007 season is said to be 27 euros. This provides no value for money (weekdays = half price). 3. The management (at least for the past 10 years) of the center is totally inadequate and unprofessional. This is a Government Co and as Greek public servants (they can't be fired) they are extremely unprofessional. 4. Most of the staff (despite some great exceptions) are unfriendly, completely disorganized and have no service orientation. Not like the successful 2004 Athens Olympics. 5. The (nearly) closest major village for logging is traffic jammed Arachova which is outrageously expensive and snobbish. However, for those that love bars and clubs a wild nightlife does exist. 6. There is a lot of litter that disturbs the most wonderful nature. Have Fun, Philip Nielsen.
December 03, 2006
John from Ski Greece Greece
Parnassos Ski Resort though only a 2 hour drive from Athens is supposed to be the "biggest" and "best-organised" resort in Greece...but forget that...the place is helishly expensive and snobbish. The small picturesque village of Arachova (20 minutes from the pistes) is the only resort nearby where you can eat drink and sleep in quite reasonable prices in comparison to the alpine standards. The resort is very expensive (by Greek standards) for the facilities, snow, extent, etc. that it offers (day ticket 27 Euros). It is not strange to find big queues especially at peak times and during Greek holiday periods. However, the place is the only resort in Greece that offers 25km of ski pistes with about 14 ski lifts, some new ones, a cable car, a very nice challet in the pistes, tree runs (only in Fterolaka) and sometimes a snowboard fun park. The park is excellent by Greek standards and has rails, kickers, boxes which you won't find all together in any other resort in Greece. Moreover, it has another advantage... imagine snowboarding while gazing the wonderful Greek sea (ONLY a 40 minute drive from the resort). Enjoy snowboarding under the unique Greek sun, something which is difficult to find elsewhere, then drive down to the archeological site of Delphoi (30 minutes), and after that head down to the sea and enjoy your fish meal in a traditional Greek tavern by the seaside... Forget about alpine standards, there is no comparison...BUT if you come to Greece from the period between Christmas and the end of March it would be worthwhile to pay a visit. I am not sure if you'll enjoy the snowboarding, but for sure you'll have a great time.
February 18, 2006
DIMITRIS from Ski Greece Greece
Parnassos is a beautiful skiing destination only during weekdays. Do not attempt to visit it during the weekend because you will probably find yourself stuck in some huge nerve racking traffic jams. For those daring ones who will decide to challenge their luck on the weekends, the lift prices will be another reason not to repeat the same mistake again! Anyway, it is worth the visit despite the fact that you might be dissapointed by the way such a beautiful place is being managed!
February 11, 2006
Nasos from Ski Greece Greece
Expensive (27euros for 12 lifts!), very old equipment, not at all educated personel (most of them are arrogant and upset all the time, as if they work without being paid!) Don't visit that place! It isn't worth it at all! If you want to ski in Greece go to N. Greece (Falakro, Voras, Vasilitsa, Vigla, Seli, Pelion)! at least people there are more friendly. It is cheaper and less crowded!!!!
December 29, 2005
MIKE from Ski Greece Greece
I live in Athens and the resort is close to me (2 hours). When the snow condition is very nice for weekend, Fterolaka is special with many off piste runs through trees. But the center is too old and very very expensive for what's on offer. The same price as elsewhere in Europe (27 euro) but not the same facilities. The resort is very poor and very old. The people there (manager, state) are thieves with this price. They offer nothing, but they want high price for anything, ticket, coffee etc. When I'm going Europe I feel so nice for everything is better value. Nobody would go here if it were not so close to Athens!!! What can we do???
December 16, 2005
George Hadzigiannakis from Ski Greece Greece
For those who want to ski/snowboard in Greece, mt Parnassos offers beautiful 360deg view of the Greek mainland and the sea surrounding it. Do not visit it during weekends and await for sunshine. You will be highly rewarded. Prices from Mo-Fri are significantly cheaper, the meat at the tavernas excellent. Poor quality of service and lifts, safety is a matter of relativity and prices to be laughed at. Greece at its best, snow culture at its lowest. Despite that, don't miss it.
December 08, 2005
sativa from Ski Greece Greece
I've been raised in Mount Parnassos but the last recent years I am very disapointed with the resort..very high prices, no new slopes and we have so snow parks for freestyle skiers and snowboarders!! In other words an abandoned ski resort that everyone thinks to be the coolest!!! Please do something quick!!!
November 17, 2005
christian from Ski Greece Greece
GET A REASONABLE SNOWPARK!!!! SNOWBOARDERS NEED PARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we'll stop digging up kickers in the middle of pistes!!!