Skiing


Swim in the afternoon

The Cyprus Ski Club

skierSmSKY.gif (7537 bytes) The Troodos mountains spring to life not only in the middle of the hot summer as a cool refuge and holiday resort, but also in winter, as this is the skiing centre for Cyprus. Yes it is true, swim in the morning and ski in the afternoon , or vice versa of course.

Here you can take advantage of the pleasures of winter sports under the beautiful blue Mediterranean sky. Mount Olympus has several ski slopes and is fun for skiers and players in the snow of all levels and age.

There are some interesting and lovely mountain hotels, such as the Forest Park hotel, The Churchill Pinewood valley at Pedhoulas, famous for it's mountain water and the Hotel which was built to celebrate the Jubilee of King George V, as well as some good value lodges and guest houses, such as the aptly named Edelweiss, There are quite a few to be found in Platres, a popular resort in both summer and winter. We also now have  the Habitat, a health hotel. To see the selection and benefit from whatever deals are in place see the Cyprus hotels special offers section. For the full list of different types of places to stay, take a gander the Troodos section of Cyprus Hotels, or if you prefer self catering or agrotourism properties, see both agrotourism and Cyprus villas and apartments. There is a camp site in Troodos and a youth hostel is sometimes.

The Jubilee Hotel in Troodos during the winter months. The Churchill Pinewood Valley Hotel in Pedoulas, Cyprus. Edelweiss Hotel in Platres. Click to enlarge this photograph
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Skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus
at 1951 metres a.s.l., usually from the beginning of January to the end of March.   Mount Olympus is only 3km from the Troodos hill resort, 12km from Platres hill resort, and about an hours drive from the seaside towns of Limassol or Paphos or even the Capital Nicosia.

An International F.I.S. Skiing competition is organised every year by the Cyprus Ski Federation and takes place at the  Zeus Slalom Homologated Pits.

Cyprus is one of the few places in the world where on the same morning you can ski on the snow clad sides of Mount Olympus, and in less than an hour, swim or sunbathe at the coast.

You will find all the practical details below, have fun with the après ski fireplace.gif (1706 bytes) and don't forget your swimsuit.

Below is a report (in the winter ) of the snow conditions, depth of snow on the pistes and the road conditions for the drive up to Troodos. The road from Platres to the slopes is usually the only one we post conditions for as it rarely snows below Platres itself.

 

 Yacht charters in Cyprus - sailing and motor boat holidays - baraboat and skippered      Timberland     Cyprus has plently of adventurous activities for you to enjoy whilst on holiday - or take a break on your business trip - riding to kayaking, mountaineering to diving.     

Daily Conditions for the Troodos Mountains Posted Here
Height: 6,069'
Very Easy Trails: 1  -  Easy Trails: 4  -  Medium Trails: 1
Total Trail Miles: 2
Total Lifts: 2

Updated : 12th Jan 2009
                       We wish you all a happy new year (:o)) Lots more snow than last year at this time.

Road Conditions - Piste Conditions

Karvounas - Troodos - Road Open for all vehicles
Platres - Troodos - Road Open for all vehicles
Prodromos - Dias - Road Open for all vehicles
Troodos - Sun Valley - Road Open for  all  vehicles
Troodos - Dias - Road Open for all vehicles
Prodromos - Sun Valley - Road Open for all vehicles

Weather conditions may change in between updates.
We are not responsible for any inconvenience which might occur.

Sun valley 1 (Aphrodite): OPEN
Sun valley 2 (Hermes) : OPEN
North face 1 (Zeus): CLOSED
North face 2 (Hera): CLOSED
Cross Country Track: CLOSED

Temperature near Dias restaurant: 1 Degrees Celsius
Max. snow depth at Dias slope: 25 cm

The ski lifts open at 9am and close at 4pm every day during the skiing season.

Please note that we try to keep this page accurate but are not responsible for any inconvenience caused should it not be so.

On the North face there is an F.I.S. Homologated trail which begins at 1920m end ends at 1800m.
The total length of it is 370m with a vertical drop of 120m.

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Skiing Events 2009

Special Snow Fun Package for 2009 - day trips to Olympus for skiing
 Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Start time: Approx 08:15 Collection: From Hotel or accommodation in Paphos
Return: Approx 18:30 Suitable for: All ages and abilities Lessons can be arranged for beginners (approx 15 Euros for 1 ½ hours) Cost: 55 Euros per person,  Including: Skis, boots, sticks or snowboard, or snowblades, or toboggans, . lift-pass, ski guide, light lunch, clothing (if required) + transport. This day is great fun over the winter months and with a warm café serving hot chocolate and food there is plenty of time to warm your toes between ski runs! Please call 24 665408 to check availability at short notice,  find snow conditions and to make reservations - enquire here or click on the banner below and go to the booking form if you are more than 2 days in advance.
 Cyprus has plently of adventurous activities for you to enjoy whilst on holiday - or take a break on your business trip - riding to kayaking, mountaineering to diving.

DATE DAY VENUE ORGANIZER D CATEGORY
26 to the 31st May 2008 Fri Cape Town

FIS/RSA 

  FIS Congress
Feb 2008   Dias     --
           

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Ski Club Equipment Hire

The Cyprus Ski Club - Offers to foreign visitors

SEASON TICKET FOR MEMBERS 180 Euros
(before Jan 15th)

Cost for the use of lifts

Members.

Non Members.

Morning until 1300hrs

25% discount

16 Euros

  Afternoon from 1300 hrs 

25% discount

16 Euros

Daily

25% discount

23 Euros

 skiing in Cyprus    A snow woman built by Juliette in 2006 on Troodos
                                  Click to enlarge
 

Ski shop and ski equipment 

The ski shop is situated at "Sun valley" in Troodos, and is run by trained technicians. The shop provides skis, ski-boots and poles for up to 400 skiers for both alpine and cross-country. They also carry a number of snowboards.

It is advisable to either get up there early in the day, or book in advance, as although there is enough equipment on most days, at the weekends it tends to go more quickly, and the last served tend to be given the oldest equipment. If you want to plan a days skiing or trekking in the mountains, look here.

Cost of Hiring Ski Equipment

Ski equipment  

Members   

Non-members

Alpine Skis - Boots - Sticks snowboards & poles

bulletDaily

25% discount

16 Euros

bulletAfternoon      

25% discount

12 Euros

bullet

Adults per week

25% discount

60 Euros

Children (elementary)

bulletAll day

25% discount

13 Euros

bulletAfternoon  

25% discount

9 Euros

bullet

Children per week

25% discount

50 Euros

Nordic Skis cross country - Boots - Sticks or poles
bulletDaily
25% discount

8 Euros

bullet

Weekly

25% discount

56 Euros

Snowboards - Boots

bulletDaily

25% discount

20 Euros

New scientific evidence published on the 22nd Feb, 2006 ( Journal of the American Medical Association - JAMA) showed that helmet use reduces head injuries by up to 60%. FIS strongly recommends the use of helmets for all alpine skiers and snowboarders regardless of skiing ability and age.

While the use of helmets is mandatory for competitors in FIS downhill, super-G and giant slalom as well as all Snowboarding events, many recreational alpine skiers and snowboarders do not wear a helmet and ski resorts do not typically require helmet use. Only very few countries have legislation requiring the use of helmets by recreational alpine skiers and snowboarders. At the same time, head injury is the most common cause of hospital visits and death among alpine skiers and snowboarders. In research conducted at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, there were 578 head injuries (17.6%) among the 3277 injured skiers investigated.

If you didn't come prepared,
 
and need to dress for the snow, see Timberland under clothing,

Ski School

Ski instruction is given by qualified instructors
at the following charges:

 

Group Lesson

Private Lesson

bulletAdults

14 Euros

35 Euros

bulletChildren under 16 years

11 Euros

14 Euros

bulletPrivate lessons (when instructor available)

43 Euros

52 Euros

    The Club has a cafeteria / snack bar at Sun Valley, near the Hermes lift.

Active Internationally Competing Cypriot Skiers

Theodoros Christodoulou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160044 was born in 1977, his speciality is in the Alpine sector. In Feb 2006 he came 3rd & 4th in the Slaloms at Predreal in Romania with a total time of 1.32.83 gaining 98.46 FIS points.
Victor Christodoulou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160048 was born in 1979, his speciality is in the Alpine sector. He came 7th in the Giant Slalom in March 2004 and was placed 23rd at Seli in Greece in 2006
Alkis Savvides Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160080 was born in 1989, he came 15th in the Giant Slalom in the National Championships in Florina in March 2006
Andreas HadjiChristodoulou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160052 was born in 1979. His best result to date was 7th in 2004 in the Giant Slalom in Troodos
Christos HadjiMichael Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160081 was born in 1990. As yet a young skier he placed 42nd in Seli in 2006 in the Giant Slalom.
Christophoros Papamichalopoulos Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160074 was born in 1988.  He came 11th in the Giant Slalom in the National Championships in Florina and the FIS race in Pigadia & 12th in the FIS race in Seli in March 2006
Panayiotis Papatheodotou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160067 was born in 1986.  He came 15th in the FIS Slalom in Predreal in Romania and 29th in the Giant Slalom in Seli in 2006.
Andreas Lambrou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160076 was born in 1989.He was placed 40th in the Giant Slalom in Seli in 2006.
Yiannis Leonidou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160082 was born in 1990.He was placed 43rd in the Giant Slalom in Seli in 2006
Georgios Kapretsos Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160063 was born in 1984. His best results to date were the slalom in 2004 and 2003 when he came 6th at home in Troodos.
Sophia  Papamichalopou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 165030 was born in 1990. She came 1st in the Giant Slalom in Seli in 2006 with a total time of 2.18.92. and 2nd in Pigadia. Well done Sophia ! She was placed 65th in  Kirchberg in Jan 2007
Evagoras Papaphylactou Member of the Cyprus Ski Federation. FIS code 160066 was born in 1986,Best result to date was 5th in 2002 & 7th in 2004 in the slalom at home in Troodos.
   

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Skiing in Cyprus - ski in the morning, swim in the afternoon - the best of both worlds.