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Mountain Mt. Olympus- Ski Touring Trip

Mt. Olympus- Ski Touring Trip 01 JAN - 30 APR MT. OLYMPUS

In the finest of the moments. May the Gods Ski with You.

Dedicated to presenting adventure enthusiasts with unique touring experiences of the Greek outdoors, WAYOUT Adventures designed 5day ski touring trips on the mythical mountain of Olympus, coursing from January through April. Participants will get to explore this awesome mountain ski touring and splitboarding its breathtaking slopes. 

Trip duration:  5 Days

Activities:  Ski touring / Splitboarding

Difficutly:  Moderate / Hard

Period: January – April

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The Adobe of Skiing in Greece

Renowned as the Adobe of the Twelve Ancient Greek Gods from its global mythological status, Mount Olympus has transformed into the Adobe of mountain (back country and touring) skiing of Greece during the last years. The history of skiing on Mount Olympus started in the 1930’s, bloomed during the 1990’s and went through it’s the golden decade between 2005 and 2015. Key players were a few passionate Greeks and a bunch of international skiers. The classic descents became popular, as longer and steeper descents are added to this magnificent almanac of terrain and emotions placed between the Aegean Sea and the ever presence of deities.

 

International Status

Starting from 2007 Mount Olympus has been visited by a number of renowned skiers (including World Extreme Skiing Tour champion Austrian Eva Walker), who skied new lines and confessed the endless possibilities and the severity of the alpine terrain. In 2012, Slovenian Davo Karnicar payed a visit to the Gods, only to be surprised by its massiveness and steepness of the north side. From that point on, its establishment as an international destination, brought even more international skiers and hosted the Dynafit Dealer Camps in the spring of 2014.


Conditions

The fact that Mount Olympus is free from glaciers reduces objective hazards but bad weather, excessive snow accumulation and rapid temperature changes often result in unstable snowpack and big avalanches. The maritime setting of the Olympus due to its close (18km) proximity to the Aegean Sea, results in fast snowpack stabilization during spring season. The scenery is remote and wild along the north face. Big couloirs and deep valleys offer unique descends even late in the season. The snowpack remains on the mountain until late May when a nice ski day can be combined with a nice evening by the sea.

 

Gods and Mortals

A century after mortals set foot on Mount Olympus highest peaks, the Gods’ are ready to let you ski the gentle slopes or steepest couloirs in the years to come. You may be lucky and enjoy skiing during those days when the snow, the sky, the sea and you, will be part of an ecstasy suspended in the air for thousands of years.

Itinerary

Day 1

- Meeting with the group in the airport and direct departure

- Transfer to Litochoro village (base of Mt. Olympus)

- Arrival in Litochoro and take lunch

- Overnight in local guesthouse

Day 2

- Breakfast at the place of residence

- Transfer from Litochoro to the hike starting point ( around 1000m)

- Hike 3-4 hours to Petrogrostrouga (2000m)

- Lunch at the mountain hut

- Afternoon ski climb up to Skourta (2475m) approximately 2 – 3 hours and then descend the valley and then into the forest

- Dinner and overnight stay at the mountain hut

Day 3

- Breakfast at the mountain hut

- Ski Touring ascent up to the Plateau of Muses (2648m) approximately 3-5 hours reaching one of the highest mountain refuges in Greece

- Lunch at the refuge looking the Throne of Zeus

- Sunset skiing  on the peaks around the Plateau of Muses

- Dinner and overnight stay at the mountain hut

Day 4

- Breakfast at the mountain hut

- Climb to Mytikas peak(2918m.) through Mytikas couloir and downhill to the plateau of Muses

- Alternatively or in case of bad weather skiing is possible on the surrounding peaks

- Lunch and overnight at the mountain hut

Day 5

- Breakfast at the mountain hut (Alternative peak day in case of bad weather)

- Downhill through the Gavos Stream to Prionia (1000m.)

- Transfer and Lunch on nearby traditional village

- Cultural or archaeological visits in the are

- Departure for the city

- Group farewell

- Transfer to the airport

 

Additionally we can provide the following

Extra day in the city of arrival or departure and cultural/ historical/ gastronomical visits.

We provide:

• Trip Organization & Implementation by WayOut Adventures

• Guidance along the trip and 24 hour support

• All the necessary transports from Athens or Thessaloniki airport

• Overnight accommodation in traditional guesthouses and mountain shelters

• Ski Guide

• Mountaineering map of the area

 

Extra:

• Meals and drinks (we will organize them and indicate the best options in the area)

• Insurance coverage (upon request)

• Equipment rentals in case needed: touring skis, boots, batons, skins, Avalanche rescue package or anything else missing from the list below (upon request)

 

 

Equipment needed:

- Helmet with straps & ski mask

- Touring skis with runaway Straps or ski brakes, ski touring boots, ski poles, climbing skins (or splitboard equipment)

- Mountaineering backpack 45-50L

- Mountaineering Ice Axe, Crampons & Harness

- Climbing materials, carabiners, quickdraws, belay device, descender etc.

- Avalanche rescue package (Transceiver, Probe, Shovel)

- Headlamp, sunglasses, GPS, lighter, pocket multitool

- Personal pharmacy kit & sunblock for face and lips

- Waterproof Gloves, Beany, Buff,  Socks (2 pairs)

- Thermal underwear base layer (2 pairs)

- Soft Shell Jacket or similar (2nd layer)

- Waterproof and breathable mountaineering jacket and pants (3rd layer)

- Hydration equipment + energy snacks

- Sleeping bag (optional)

- Repair Kit, Extra batteries + Personal belongings



PARTICIPATION CONDITIONS

Ski level : Advanced 
 
Previous ski touring experience: Required
 
Minimun number of participants: 5 persons

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