You would be forgiven for not associating sunny Cyprus with skiing, but this magical island really has a plethora of winter sports to offer too. Imagine skiing in the Troodos mountains by morning and then sunning yourself at the beach later on in the afternoon. The Troodos mountain range is typically covered in snow during the months of late December through to early March. The best snow seems to arrive from January onwards.
There are four main slopes, with two on the South and two on the North faces. These slopes are aptly named after Greek Gods and Goddesses and there are four lifts to help you access them. Half of the 16 pistes are easy runs with the remainder a mixture of intermediate to advanced. The summit of the range is Mount Olympus with a 1952 meter altitude at the top. The Hera (North Face II) and Aphrodite (Sun Valley I) slopes are the beginner level slopes.
There are cafeterias at each lift station and there are restaurants for more substantial refuelling at Platres on the Southern Slopes of Troodos and at Troodos Square. In season, the slopes are busy during the weekends and holiday periods. However, the weekdays are usually quieter. If the snow is very heavy you will need a 4x4 vehicle, or snow chains for safety. Check snow levels and whether the roads are open before you leave.
You will find people embarking upon a wide range of winter sports in Troodos, including traditional skiing, snowboarding and sledding. There is also a new sport about to hit the slopes in Cyprus called Snow Skating. It is a form of inline skating on snow skates called Sled Dogs Skates. Imagine fusing the agility of inline skates with a snow gliding boot; giving you the freedom to perform complex manoeuvres with ease and grace. These snow skates are easier to use than skis and are more convenient too. They also allow you to train in all seasons; during warmer months you can develop your skills on your inline skates and during the winter you can hit the slopes on your Sled Dogs Skates. We know what we are doing in Cyprus this winter!