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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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Pelion Ski Center

Ski touring in Pelion.

Pelion or Pelium (Modern Greek: Πήλιο, PílioAncient Greek/Katharevousa: Πήλιον. Pēlion) is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessalyin central Greece, forming a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. Its highest summit, Pourianos Stavros, is 1,624 metres (5,328 ft) amsl.[1] The Greek National Road 38 (GR-38) runs through the southern portion of the peninsula and GR-38A runs through the middle.

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Mount Ossa (Kissavos)

Mount Ossa, alternative Kissavos, is a mountain in the Larissa regional unit, in ThessalyGreece. It is 1,978 metres (6,490 ft) high and is located between Pelion to the south and Olympus to the north, separated from the latter by the Vale of Tempe.

In Greek mythology, the Aloadaes are said to have attempted to pile Mount Pelion on top of Mount Ossa in their attempt to scale Olympus.[3]

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