Most of the mountain lovers do not make a connection between ski touring and Greece. For most of them, Greece is mean deep clear water, rock climbing, but not ski touring. In fact from the Greek mountains are coming the ancient Gods, Zeus have his home on Olympus mountains. So if are mountains must to be some snow too!
After our experience in Macedonia republic, where we’ve been also for ski touring, we moved more South East, to Olympus mountain area. As in Popova Sapka, we were blessed with beautiful weather, blue sky; well, pretty windy on our way up to Skolio peak, but with no wind on the peak! And this was great! Sky was so clear, that we were able to see mount Athos, with his pyramid peak, rising up from a sea of clouds!
Of course, being in Greece is meaning some culture, so we have two interesting cultural experiences. One in Vergina, a UNESCO world heritage, where we visited the thumb of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. Interesting place, nothing else to say.
The second cultural experience, was much better! A hike behind the Meteora rocks formation, another UNESCO world heritage site! This tour was interesting from all points of view, but mostly because of the dramatically landscape what are in front of your eyes: huge conglomerate formations, and mountains with snow on distance. We were lucky with weather, and with light for the taking pictures!
As bottom line, the ski touring trip to Macedonia republic and Greece was a success, intersting and open mind parricipants, the most beautiful weather we can get, nice ski touring, wonderful cultural experiences and why not, very interesting cuisine!
Enjoy the photos,
February 22, 2014