Olympus (Vryssopoules) Ski Resort
The ski resort Olympus – Vryssopoules is located at an altitude of 1.805 meters on the western slopes of Mount Olympus, in Thessaly, Greece. The ski resort was founded by the Hellenic Army and serves as a Military Alpine Combat and Ski Training Centre (KEOAX) for the personnel but is also open to the public under certain restrictions. Greeks needs to show their identity card or passport to enter the ski resort and use the facilities and non-Greek citizens must ask for a special permission from the Special Forces Directorate of Hellenic Army in Athens. The completion of a formal declaration, where is noted that in case of an accident the army has no responsibility of it at all, is necessary for everyone too. There is a car park outside the resort and a chalet inside the camp which can accommodate up to 30 people. To stay overnight you also need to gain permission from the commander in charge of the military camp.
With a peak elevation of 2,450 meters, Mount Olympos ski resort offers skiers and snowboarders a 450 m vertical drop. There are three slopes for beginners and three lifts to transport guests, two of which are one-seat sliding lifts that can transfer 850 people per hour and one is a baby lift. Olympos Ski Center is 42 km away from Elassona and operates from December to March from 09:00 a.m. to 15:00 p.m.