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 02, 2005
Ane from Ski Norway Norway
Parnassos skiing is a wonderful place as such, with at the moment, great snow and nice view! BUT and there is a big BUT, it is run by complete amateures!!! Neither cultivating nor developing ANY ski culture. Safety measures are poor with very old lifts, in any other country they would have been closed years ago, with pist machines driving around in rally speed without any warning, lifts beeing closed because they are frozen!!! surprise, surprise it is cold in a ski resort!! and this happens only in Greece!! Prices are expensive, not only the skipass but the coffee too, 4 euros must be by large the most expensive coffee in Europe. It is to my great sadness that things are like this thus the mountain has such potential. Yet an other example of disrespect towards nature and people. I strongly suggest new management!!!!
January 29, 2005
yorghos from Ski Greece Greece
Paranassos ski resort has 3 skiing areas: Kelaria (the most popular, 'trendy' but packed), Gerondovrachos that is only open in weekends (really nice place, but no infrastructure - I wish someone invested on this part of the mountain) and Fterolaka (a more quiet place, favorite to 'real' ski lovers and not to ski fashion victims). If you want to visit during weekends be aware that Kelaria will be PACKED with people that have skied a few times and think that are experts already. You wont find any real ski behavior there, don’t expect to be respected, and for God sake watch out for human ski torpedoes (beginners that ski down the slopes having no control over their skis). This nice picture for 25 Euros, plus huge jammed queues, and a lot of walking from and to the parking lot. (Make sure that you arrive very early in the morning to park near the bottom lift). For a nice family atmosphere visit Gerondovrachos (make sure that it is open and running). It is good and safe for kids. If you want to ski down a red that tends to be black at some points visit Fterolaka. You will pay a cheaper ticket (15 euros), parking will be normal, as well as skiing behavior. Plus you can ski down to Kelaria to make some public relations with 'trendy people' that smoke 20 cm Cohiba cigars on the chairlift.
January 25, 2005
admin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
The resort was very poor. At 25 euros for three rickety old lifts (with all safety features either removed or unservicable), it was by far the most expensive outdoor day's skiing I've ever had, nearly beating even MK's Snowzone. One's fellow skiers were rude, there was no no lift queue (laughable term at Parnassos), etiquette. Unmarked 'pistes' (another laughable term), with so many unmarked rocks that I warned other members not to take their best (or indeed their own) skis. Only James Bond would be able to drive Athens to Parnassos in 2 hours. Every one else would take three and a half. Yes, it is strange to find skiing in Greece, but you'd probably go only once.
November 26, 2004
Silvio Rossi from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I visited Parnassos first time last year. I couldn't believe that in Greece you can find a skiing resort just 30 minutes from the sea!Good quality of snow,and for almost all the level of experiences.But the best one was afterthen in Arahova. Beautiful,village with panoramic view to the sea.Plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs with a wild nightlife and full of beautiful people. Skiing during the morning and clubing during the night. You have to visit this place in any case.
November 26, 2004
Ahmet Douas from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
The largest ski area in Greece. There is snow, from December to April, and is very popular with people from Athens, making it very crowded in the weekends. A 2 hour drive from Athens, Parnassos is located above the villages of Arachova, and Delphi, famous with historical artifacts.. A very sunny mountain, but rather chilly with an icy wind, Parnassos doesn't have the best quality of snow as it is close to the sea, and also it lacks that major snowfall that is welcomed by skiiers. However, with a fresh fall of snow, the powder is enjoyable. Overall, an enjoyable resort, with the opportunity to ski with friends, and an amazing view of the sea, if you are in Greece, Parnassos is worth a visit..
November 11, 2003
Ed from Ski Greece Greece
Parnassos is a very atmospheric mountain in a beautiful setting above the Greek forest. The ski area is quite good for a mountain of this height but being just two hours drive from Athens, it is over-crowded at weekends. Apres-ski means Greek tavernas in the surrounding villages, the nearest of which are Arachova and Delphi, the site of the ancient oracle. From the highest lift you can see the sea in two directions, North east and south west and on a clear day the mountain Olympus to the north. The season is typically from january to the end of April. Christmas/New Year is always a matter of luck. There's plenty of accomodation, shops and eateries in all directions though you must book for weekends. If you can go during the week you will be treated to very under-occupied pistes and no queues.

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