The plan: attend a three day Dynafit press event in Greece, then stay on for about a week more and explore ski touring possibilities with the help of the locals. We’ll begin our journey in the second largest Greek city, Thessaloniki, and finish in Athens.
Greece, a bunch of beaches and farms, with some rock climbing thrown in, right? Actually, the “birthplace of Western civilization” is chockablock full of mountains. Snow comes in winter, creating a cornucopia of uncroweded and nicely varied ski touring options. No crowds, affordable prices — beaching on the med is always an option if all else fails.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.