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Chelmos, Kalavryta

Chelmos, elevation 2,355m, above the village of Kalavryta, has more human development than the other mountains in the Peloponnisos, but still is primarily a wild sanctuary. The ancient Greeks believed that here was the source of the river Styx, the infamous river which flowed beneath the earth to the underworld of Hades. The mother of the bronze age warrior Achilles was believed to have held him by his ankles while submerging him in the waters of the Styx, thus making everything but his ankles invincable to harm. It has also been theorized that the water from the river Styx, which contains a deadly chemical known as calicheamicin, created from bacteria found in the limestone, was used by the enemies of Alexander the Great to poison him. We can never know how much of any of this is true, but we can certainly have fun imagining. Visit Chelmos and take a walk to the edge of the ancient netherworld!

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Winter in Greece

One of the most surprising things about Greece is how close the mountains are to the major cities. Three quarters of the county lives within a 2 hour drive of world class backcountry ski touring. Due to the recent break-though in ultra lightweight gear, Greece has become a world-class destination for ski touring and split-boarding.

Greece is a place that inspires the human soul. Certainly, for skiers and snowboarders, to visit the same mountains that you learned about as a child is an experience that is completely unique. Imagine spending the night on Mt Olympos, waking up to the sunrise across the Aegean sea, then skiing run right next to the Throne of Zeus. It’s magic! It’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else on the planet.

To watch the full winter adventure in Greece, check out the feature film Frozen Ambrosia.