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Δευτέρα, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2013

3-5 Pigadia Ski Resort

The absolute adventure in an absolutely white setting

3-5 Pigadia (meaning wells) ski resort, the only one using snowmaking in all of its ski runs, is considered to beone of the best organised ski resorts in Greece, boasting modern, up to date facilities. You will find yourself in a lovely natural environment and in the top two most difficult ski runs in the country – a unique combination in Greece – and a tempting one for skiers and other visitors alike!

On the west side of Mt. Vermio, only 17 km away from the city of Naoussa in Northern Greece, at an elevation ranging from 1,430 to 2,005 m. lies 3-5 Pigadia ski centre, a pole of attraction for adrenalin junkies or simply visitors who wish to admire the breathtaking nature.

The ski centre has 10 ski runs of 9 km in length, accommodating all skiing levels, one aerial lift and six surface lifts. “Aristoteles” and “Filippos” ski runs lie surrounded by a spellbinding beech forest and are the two most difficult and steep runs in all of Greece, making this a tempting place well known to advanced skiers.

If you find yourself here, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the city of Naoussa, and stroll through Alonia and Metamorfosi, two traditional quarters where you will pass by several grand mansions of an exceptional architecture. “Saranta Outades” is an amazing cave with lovely stalactite and stalagmite formations, also worth your visit. At half an hour’s distance from the city you can visit Vergina, one of the greatest archaeological sites in Greece.


Ski Center

Tel.: +30 23320 44981-5, 44944
Fax: +30 23320 44981, 44982, 44983
E-mail: 3-5pigadia@nao.forthnet.gr
URL: http://www.3-5pigadia.gr
Operating period: 23 Dec - 30 Mar

Mountain: Vermio Altitude: 1430 m up to 2005 m

3-5 Pigadia Ski Center is located on the western side of Vermio Mountain.

Slopes Height difference: Minimun: 160 m Maximum: 370 m.

13 downhill slopes, of 9 km total length, out of which:

1 black:
Filippos: Its length is about 2000 m and is considered to be the leading black slope in Greece. Of course, only the first 1300 meters of the total 2000 m is difficult, the remaining 700 m is blue.
4 red
Aristotelis 1: Great red slope 1800 m in length, certificated by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for performing European and World Championships. In this one the Greek Ski Federation commits of the Panhellenic Downhill Championships in all categories for the last 10 years.
Aristotelis 2: Red slope 750 m in length, served by sliding lift and located just below of the mountain’s top.
Aristotelis 3: This is the last part of Aristotelis 1, as it uses the last 850 m. Although, is considered as separate one because it has its lift.
Louki: This red slope 800 m in length lies to the right side of Aristotelis 2. Owes its call to its shape, is a real gully, starting from the top of the mountain and ending in the middle of the Paradise slope. After a recent widening, this is an excellent slope, with slight traffic. Thus, the total length is 2500 m.
2 blue
Paradise: The real paradise for moderate skiers. Blue slope, 2600 m in length, the largest in Greece, in a oaks’ forest. Pleasant for most of the skiers. Entirely covered with artificial snow.
Philippe Back: Blue slope, 700 m in length, at the end of the Filippos’. Caution is needed in the start point because it is red, but after "paves" in a blue one. Served by its lift.
3 green
Paradise Plateau: It is the last 400 m of Paradise slope, but is considered as separate one, because it has its lift. Excellent slope for beginners, as called green (easy). Advantage of this one is the artificial snow.
Beginners’: Two slopes right next to the parking lot, 200 m. in length each. Two baby lifts ensures the safe transfer of the beginners at slopes. It is worth to note that these two have a system of artificial snow, so they have snow throughout the ski season despite their low altitude.
Cross-country ski slopes:
3-5 Pigadia Ski Center is also famous for its cross-country ski slopes. These are certificated by the International Skiing Federation (FIS)- Several International Championships took place here in the past. The elevation difference between them is 95m.

One of 3 km length.
One of 5 km in length.
One of 10 km length.

1 double seat aerial chair lift, 1500 m in length.
4 one seat sliding lifts:
Aristotelis 1
Aristotelis 2
2 baby-lifts, 180 m in length each.

Other facilities/services

3-5 Pigadia Hotel: It is a Β category hotel, has 15 comfortable (double-bed, three-bed or four-bed) rooms with maximum capacity 58 beds, all with a private bathroom, direct dial phone, TV set, and central heating. The hotel has also a restaurant, a snack bar, a meeting place of mountain fans, a fully equipped gym, 2 sauna-rooms (the 1st for 2-4 persons and the 2nd for 4-12 persons), a massage room and locker rooms. The hotel, as the guesthouse below, is operated by the Vermion's Municipal Enterprise of Tourist Growth.
Guesthouse: The guesthouse has 12 four-bed and six-bed rooms with berths, four of which have a private bathroom, whereas communal bathrooms serve the rest. All rooms have a direct dial phone, a TV set and central heating.Its total capacity is 80 beds.
Shelter of Hellenic Alpine Club of Naoussa, with a capacity of 30 beds, which is available only for teams.

Chalet-Cafeteria: It is located on the mountain's top (at 2005 m.)
2 Ski schools.
Ski equipment rental stores.
Football field, sized 100x64 m on turf.
Parking lot.
Parking lot for 85 trailers (with electricity).
Medical center - First-aid.
Operation period 3-5 Pigadia Ski Center facilities operate daily from December to March, 9 a.m to 4.00 p.m

Useful notes
Due to its excellent infrastructure, 3-5 Pigadia ski center, offers, except winter sports, a variety of activities (hiking, trekking, mountain biking, hang gliding, paragliding). It has also been established as preparedness center for many sports clubs, federations and national teams.
Artificial snow system: established on 2002, and allows continuous and uninterrupted snowing of slopes throughout the winter period, regardless of weather conditions. So for at least five months in winter there is the insurance that there will be permanent snow, which allows programming tourism and sports ski event.
Slopes’ formation & covering machines.

539 Kilometers the capital of the country: ATHENS, GREECE
17 Kilometers the municipality seat NAOUSSA, IMATHIA, GREECE
111 Kilometers the prefectural capital THESSALONIKI, MAKEDONIA CENTRAL,GREECE
36 Kilometers the prefectural capital VERIA, IMATHIA, GREECE

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