Going Greek — Let’s Get Started


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 8, 2016      
The tiny Greek mountain village of Samarina. In the winter less than 300 people live here.

Our home for a few days, tiny Greek mountain village of Samarina. In the winter less than 300 people live here — and that’s with a nearby mechanized ski area.

The plan: attend a three day Dynafit press event in Greece, then stay on for about a week more and explore ski touring possibilities with the help of the locals. We’ll begin our journey in the second largest Greek city, Thessaloniki, and finish in Athens.

You've been on passenger  jets and layovers for 24 hours straight, then you finally see the sign. You're in Greece!

You’ve been on passenger jets and layovers for 24 hours straight, then you finally see the sign. You’re in Greece!

Greece, a bunch of beaches and farms, with some rock climbing thrown in, right? Actually, the “birthplace of Western civilization” is chockablock full of mountains. Snow comes in winter, creating a cornucopia of uncroweded and nicely varied ski touring options. No crowds, affordable prices — beaching on the med is always an option if all else fails.

The Greek countryside is beautiful, and relatively uninhabited (especially by European standards).

The Greek countryside is beautiful, and relatively uninhabited (especially by European standards). Our first day, we drove a few hours from the city of Thessaloniki into a mountain area that was sparsely vegetated and quite hilly, with small attractive villages visible from the road.

Greece (and all of Europe) has had a tough start to the season. However, we started to see a bit of snow, as we drove higher into the Greek mountains.

Greece (and all of Europe) has had a tough start to the season. However, we started to see some snow as we drove higher into the Greek mountains.

Our home for a few days. In the tiny Greek mountain town of Samarina. With two restaurants downstairs, It's hard to beat.

Our home for a few days. In the tiny Greek mountain town of Samarina. With two restaurants downstairs, It’s hard to beat.

A delicious Greek dinner of Wild boar, potatoes, and feta cheese.

A delicious Greek dinner of wild boar, potatoes, and feta cheese made into a sort of tomato paste fondu. I seem to remember we also had soup that translated to ‘big old female goat soup.’ Humor aside, if you enjoy farm and countryside to table dining, this place does not disappoint.

There's a bit of snow, at least.

There’s a bit of snow, at least. We got this photo just before a 30 hour storm that dropped an impressive load of rain (lower elevations) and snow.

This medium sized mountains forms part of a funky cool ski resort just above town.  Tree skiing all over the place, as well as an astounding amount of alpine terrain we'll be exploring.

This medium sized mountain forms part of a funky cool ski resort just above town. Tree skiing all over the place, as well as an astounding amount of alpine terrain we’ll be exploring on nearby Somolikas Peak (2,637 meters).

Meat, meat, and more meat.

Meat, meat, and more meat.



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5 Responses to “Going Greek — Let’s Get Started”

  1. Lisa Dawson January 8th, 2016 12:43 pm

    Another winter wonderland to explore! I’m joining you on the next trip!

  2. May January 8th, 2016 12:59 pm

    When I lived in Greece, I tried to go skiing, somewhere a few hours North of Athens, that winter but there wasn’t enough snow. That was certainly one country I had not though of visiting for skiing before,

  3. Lou Dawson 2 January 9th, 2016 9:51 am

    All, we have been having problems with your comments getting removed or delayed accidentally, due to a so called software “update.” We might have fixed it, but if not please have faith. Lou

  4. Matt Kinney January 9th, 2016 10:48 am

    I thought it said “Going Green….”. 🙂 But hey, I like anything with Greece in it. Ski Greece? Please continue.

  5. Lou Dawson 2 January 9th, 2016 11:29 am

    It’s grease, not Greece, I always knew you were a closet gear head.





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