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...)
February 25, 2019
Dimitris from Ski Greece Greece
34 winters on my back. Been skiing this mountain since i was 5. Overpriced, usually crowded, and always the problematic lift of Sahara. Ok, i am used to all that but this year's case is unique. Like it or not, the season in Greece lasts for 2 months. For decent skiing, that is, and a bit of off-piste. On the 1st of January, with fresh snow and clear skies, the parkings were not open! We left our car 1,6 km away (from the resort) because of the traffic jam, as there was no space to park your vehicle. Yesterday (Sunday), with relatively bad conditions though, the resort was closed as they were "preparing" themselves for the following days. They even posted a ridiculous announcement, explaining how unprecedented the amount of snow was and the conditions were this year.. blah, blah, blah. It's a seasonal (60 days) job, for Christ's sake! If you are not prepared, or fully staffed this is your problem. It's not Mount Everest but a 2200m altitude (peak). So, since all of us customers are prepared to pay you double than the other resorts, do yourselves a favour (if you respect us customers) and be prepared on time, please.
February 02, 2020
Gigi from Ski Greece Greece
Overpriced, disorganized with ski schools not giving receipts or caring about kids safety. Very disappointing.
December 28, 2011
Sotiris from Ski Greece Greece
i see no point comparing Parnassos with the Alps. it's like comparing Cyclades beaches with the ones by the lakes in the Alps. They definitely have no clear deep blue waters, less sunbathing, worst sand, basic water sports, worst beach bars and the list can go on... Not mentioning the number of beaches one can find in any island compared the just one "lake beach" in any single destination in the Alps. And they are hell too expensive per sand-mile... Back to Parnassos, nice for beginners just a few good runs for advanced skiers, perfect for kids' lessons during weekdays. Slow lifts and small runs. But the best option one has for skiing if lives in/visiting Athens. If you want to have some weekend/day ski fun it's all you need, for serious skiing could go abroad. A Swiss friend had once stated "I could never imagine you had a ski centre that close to Athens. Perfect to have the opportunity to ski a bit (with great snow), sunbath with Ouzo at Galaxidi (by the sea) on a beautiful sunny day followed by a night out at Arachova and next day trekking from Livadi to Delphi via Korykeion and visit of the site before heading back to Athens. Exceeded by far all my expectations for a weekend at the mountains combining outdoors, fun and culture". Prices... it's always a matter of supply and demand. But half price, is that expensive? The weekly card (because some love to compare with the Alps) would cost 121.50euros at Parnassos against 220-245euros at the Alps. If you wish to ski for free, should built your own ski centre and invite me... :) During the past 15yrs skiing at the Alps every year, I cannot recall a single restaurant where you can eat a full course with meat (not pasta or pizza) and wine under 25euros like in Parnassos. Have fun at the mountains and Happy New Year all!
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.
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 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...
January 10, 2011
jerry.s from Ski Greece Greece
Mount Parnassos generally sucks. The equipment stands there by early 70s, Papadopoulos period, xaxa. Look at the lifts [except Iraklis], the eggs! pathetic and the prices, unbelievably high. Ski pass €30e, coffee €5e, cheese pie €4e, water €0,7! Why? We aren't jerks, not all of us I think. Go abroad anywhere and you will see, take your chance to other Greek resorts. Don't waste your time here. exw i kleftes...
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.
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?