Skiing With The Gods
Skiing in Greece? Yup! And the Gods smiled.
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Skiing…In Greece? Incredibly, the summit of Mount Olympus, a.k.a. The Throne of Zeus, gets blessed with 350 annual inches of snow. We caught up with Warren Miller Entertainment athletes Josh Bibby and Tyler Ceccanti, who found its lines to be divine. — by Connor W. Davis Pictured, Mount Olympus, Greece’s highest peak, stands in all its godly splendor.
While filming No Turning Back for Warren Miller Entertainment, Tyler Ceccanti and Josh Bibby examine “the towers” of 7,992-foot Astraka Peak during a lengthy tour.
The film crew’s LZ atop 9,573-foot Mount Olympus. The stone hut belongs to the Hellenic (Greek) Army, which runs ski training here.
Josh and Tyler wander around the backcountry of Vasilitsa Ski Resort during their first day on snow in Greece. After losing their bags en route from the US, their first turns felt victorious.
Greece has a surprising number of ski lifts, but like anywhere, it’s nice to have the helicopter.
Tyler spends his “rest day” flipping into chilly waters.
Tyler pins a couple big and confident turns down Mount Olympus following a scary encounter with a large slide earlier in the day.
Locals say this Greek woman treks more than seven miles on foot every day.
Josh and Tyler duke it out in an impromptu parkour competition on top of ancient stone bridges.
Warren Miller Entertainment cinematographer Tom Day scouts the best lines on Mount Olympus for No Turning Back.
Skiing in Greece is unique for numerous reasons—accessing the slopes via horse, for example.
Josh lays over a smooth turn after a bumpy horse ride through Greece’s rugged landscape.
Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, serves as a perfect retreat from the mountains for some sightseeing and face stuffing.