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10 hidden gems for ski enthusiasts

By: Josh Lew on April 1, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
Greece ski lift Parnassos

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Known for its olive groves, ouzo, ancient ruins and sunny idyllic islands, Greece is not on the radar for most skiers. However, the country actually has some of the best slopes east of Italy. The resort area at Parnassos is a favorite amongst locals, who come here to ski on slopes that sit at around 5,000 feet above sea level. Because of the altitude, the ski season can last through March here. 

The pine-covered slopes and the views of the Gulf of Corinth far below make this one of the most atmospheric places to take to the slopes. With over a dozen runs and lifts, Parnassos is a small resort by Western European standards. Low prices, an uncrowded environment and easy access to the other attractions that make Greece such as amazing place to visit certainly make it a viable itinerary addition for skiers on a swing through Europe.