The Troodos Mountains in central Cyprus offer winter sports under bright-blue Mediterranean skies. This is one of only a handful of places in the world where visitors can ski in the morning, and swim and sun tan in the afternoon! The main ski slopes are on the 6,401 foot (1,951m) Mount Olympus, roughly an hour's drive from Nicosia or Limassol, and the ski season extends from the beginning of January to the end of March. Although the skiing is set in a beautiful place and can be very rewarding, visitors should not expect Alpine standards or piste or snow reliability.
An annual international ski contest is held by the Cyprus Ski Federation. The Ski Club also runs lifts, a hiring shop, and a decent restaurant, and offers ski instruction for beginners and intermediate skiiers at its Sun Valley centre. Cyprus is a good place to learn to ski because although the conditions aren't always perfect, the atmosphere is very friendly and many of the ski runs are not overly demanding.