Intense ski activity on Mt. Helmós. The Nymphs are watching
On Mt. Helmós, at an altitude of 2,340m, we find the most important ski resort in Peloponnese. Being the second largest ski resort in Greece, it is located in a breathtaking fiery alpine landscape. Due to its close proximity to Athens and to its first-class facilities many skiers visit it throughout the ski season. Here, the famous black and red runs of Styga challenge even the most expert skiers.
Kalavryta ski resort boasts 12 ski runs (2 difficult, 2 intermediate, 6 easy & 2 very easy) of 20km in length, 2 chair lifts and 5 ski lifts, special grounds for snowboarding and extreme games, and other winter attractions, such as a special moguls ski run, and a snowboard park. Visitors at Helmós mountain can also find coffee shops, snack bars, restaurants, ski rental facilities and sporting goods, organized ski school and First Aid Station.
Let’s ski fast, or just slide smoothly down these white-mountain slopes:
(1) Leto & Alkmini: green runs suitable for beginners, 150m long and 160m, respectively.
(2) Phaedra & Danae: blue runs, that have a good firm coating of snow, and are perfect for the less experienced skiers. After sundown, when the resort's skiing-day ends, enjoy a night of skiing or snowboarding at Danae run.
(3) Electra: a 1,900m long run appropriate for advanced skiers. It is connected with the red run that leads to Vathiá Lákka, where we cross a green run.
(4) Antigone: a black 800m long run. A great favourite for expert skiers, since it is always covered with powder snow.
(5) The Styga runs, Ino & Nefeli. Ino (1,400m long) is a black run mostly preferred by experienced skiers. Its impressive vertical rise makes it one of the most difficult to cross runs in Greece. Nefeli is a 2,300m red run. Combined with the blue run Achilles it becomes one of the longest pistes in Greece, with a total length of 3,200m. At the top of the mountain, where Nefeli run starts, you will find the New Greek telescope “Aristarchos”, the largest telescope in Greece.
When a ski-day comes to an end, it’s time for you to enjoy all the activities on offer. Here are some of our suggestions: (a) Hit the green-clad paths in the gorge of Vouraikós, that run alongside the rack-railway.
(b) Go on a cellar tour in the Achaia vineyards, and taste aromatic, or drier and most elaborated wines which enhance the selection of classic quaffs.
(c) Explore the magic pine forest of Strofilia.
(d) Trace the Modern Greek history in the legendary Monastery of Agia Lavra, or
(e) wander around the mysterious galleries of the Cave of the Lakes, the so-called “Palace of the Nymphs”.
The area also boasts luxurious hotels, where you can relax in first-class spa facilities, and romantic guest houses, where you can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals next to a wood-burning fireplace.