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Baros Pass

The grass gullies of Baros ready to go.

Baros Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Pindos Mountains of Greece. The pass straddles the border of the prefectures of Epirus to the west and Thessaly to the east. It has been used for centuries as a transit corridor through the Pindos mountains. At an elevation of 1905m, Baros has the highest altitude of any asphalt road in Greece. In winter the pass is closed due to snow, however with ski touring equipment, it’s an easy approach from either side. The ultimate fun is in April during the spring melt, when you can ski and ride long winding gullies of snow surrounded on all sides by green grass. For extra bonus points, bring a sleeping bag and bivy at the monastery of Panagia Galaktotrofousasat at the base of the mountain.

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Baros Pass and 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.