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.Continue reading Baros Pass
Mount Athos skiing and split-boarding report.
Athos in Greek mythology is the name of one of the Gigantes that challenged the Greek gods during the Gigantomachia. Athos threw a massive rock against Poseidon, which fell in the Aegean sea and became Mount Athos. According to another version of the story, Poseidon used the mountain to bury the defeated giant.Continue reading Mount Athos (The Holy Mountain)
Karpenissi (Central Greece) is situated in the valley of the river Karpenisiotis, a tributary of the Megdovas, in the southern part of the Pindus Mountains. Mount Tymfristos (2,315 m elevation) lies directly to the north of the town, and the foothills of mount Kaliakouda are in the south. Karpenisi has a ski resort and is a popular destination, especially during winter. It is called Switzerland of Greece for the resemblance with the mountainous country and its beauty, atypical for a Mediterranean place.Continue reading Karpenissi, Central Greece