Skiing in a place where others tend to relax on the beach – sounds strange? By no means! After all, Cyprus is far more than just sun, beach and sea. SnowTrex has five good reasons why Cyprus is not only a summer paradise, but also a real insider tip for winter sports lovers and nature fanatics. Skiing in Cyprus is worth it!
1. Perfect for beginners and families
Only about an hour’s drive from the sea and the capital Nicosia lies the Sun Valley ski area on Mount Olympus of the Troodos Mountains. From the beginning of January to the end of March, Cyprus’ guests have the opportunity to ski here and experience its exotic ski area. A chairlift and 3 tow lifts transport winter sports fans to the ski area at altitudes ranging from 1,731 m to 1,951 m. A total of 4 kilometres of pistes cover the ski area, which is known for its Mediterranean landscape in summer. Skiers can choose between 1 km of blue, 2 km of red and 1 km of black piste. Even cross-country skiers are catered for at Mount Olympus with 2 trails. Thus, the ski area in the Troodos Mountains is very suitable for families with children and beginners.
2. Skiing like the pros
For those who like it a little more challenging, the North Face ski area on the north side of Mount Olympus is just the thing. International ski competitions of the FIS World Ski Federation have already taken place there. At the moment, the ski area is 370 metres long and 120 metres high, but according to the operator, it is to be expanded further and further so that one day international giant slalom competitions can be held. National ski competitions are already held regularly at the North Face ski area.
3. Snowskating: The somewhat different kind of skiing
For those who find skiing and snowboarding too boring in the long run, snowskating is certainly the right alternative. The Limassol Skate School not only offers Sled Dogs snowskates for rent, but also offers private and group lessons. Nevertheless, anyone can learn to snowskate quickly, whether young or old.
4. Fascinating landscapes
The special landscape attracts more and more tourists to Cyprus for skiing. Here, an impressive backdrop of Mediterranean vegetation and glistening white snow awaits them. Cedars, Aleppo pines, Corsican pines, golden oaks, pines and plane trees are often found here. Mouflons, a species of wild sheep, live here as well. For those who want to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Troodos Mountains, the numerous nature trails are suitable.
5. Sun, beach and snow
If you are already skiing in Cyprus, you shouldn’t miss out on the various sights. Cyprus is a real tourist hotspot for a reason. The best thing is that there are certainly no long waiting times or crowded roads here in winter. What’s more, the mild temperatures on the coast make you want to go for a walk on the beach or take a dip in the cool sea. At the same time, you shouldn’t miss the many monasteries, harbours and old Greek theatres, either. If the weather isn’t that great, you can relax in one of the many cafés in the old towns or in one of the historical Greek museums. So perhaps after a few exhausting days of skiing, you could head to the coast and relax and enjoy the sun’s rays. Cyprus is truly a paradise for those who can never decide between snow and beach!