Apart from Cretans, most visitors ignore that the snowy peaks of the Cretan mountains in winter are ideal for snow sports. Alpinism, ski mountaineering and snow kite are becoming more and more popular to locals and visitors.
Apart from Cretans, most visitors ignore that the snowy peaks of the Cretan mountains in winter are ideal for snow sports. All mountaineering clubs on the island organize courses and training sessions related to snow mountaineering, especially in the ranges of White Mountains, Psiloritis and Dikti. Mountaineering is usually combined with a stay in one of the many mountain shelters on the island. Shelters are maintained by the mountaineering clubs on the island and they can host mountaineers upon arrangement with these clubs.
Ski mountaineering, an exciting winter sport that combines trekking on snow-covered surfaces with skiing, attracts an increasing number of fans in Crete. Many Cretans tend to climb up the whitewashed mountains and descend slopes on skis or snowboard. Psiloritis and Lefka Ori are considered ideal for ski mountaineering, while Dikti range has also some places to visit.
It is interesting that near Anogia we can still see the remnants of the former Ski Resort, which does not operate today.
Snow-kiting is a relatively new winter sport, which has spread rapidly around the world. The sport is similar to water-based kiteboarding, yet with the footwear used in snowboarding or skiing to glide on snow or ice. The spots are accessed with ski mountaineerirg.
Crete is an ideal destination and especially French masters of the sport were excited to do kiteboarding around the white peaks with the blue sea in the background. After the first visits of French kiteboarders in Crete, the island's reputation in snow kite has increased.