CYPRUS SKI CLUB
The Cyprus Ski Club was formed in 1947 by a group of ski enthusiasts consisting of Cypriot and British Nationals as at the time Cyprus was part of the British Empire.
At the time, the Troodos resort was used only in the summer when the Government moved there for cooler conditions. The pioneers of skiing in Cyprus used to walk to Troodos in order to practice their sport, as the roads were not cleared from the snow.
The first ski lift was constructed on the hill opposite the Jubilee Hotel, and the pylons of this Lift can still be seen today. It was an ingenious contraption, powered by a Ford Diesel Engine, which, through rollers, circulated a continuous sisal marine rope, on which the skiers would hook a belt they were wearing and would be dragged to the top where they released the special clip of the belt.
For accommodation, the old Military hospital at Troodos was used with one dormitory for men, one for women, and a common room, which was used for eating and resting. The Ski Shop was housed in a wooden building, which was situated where the road ends today in the Government house complex above the Troodos - Prodromos road.
In the late 50s the British Military in Cyprus bought 2 small portable lifts, which they installed in the winter at the site where the Hera Lift is situated today. The one lift was installed starting from the Prodromos Road and would drag one person at the time. The second lift started from where the 1st lift finished and almost reached the top of the North Face.
With the Cyprus Independence in 1960, the Cyprus Ski Club had Cypriot and other Nationality members and the British Military and their dependants created the Near East Forces Ski Club (NEFSKI). The two Clubs are co-operate.
THE CYPRUS SKI FEDERATION
The Cyprus Ski Federation was formed in 1992 and undertook powers in the Competitive and International fields which were until then held by the Cyprus Ski Club.
The Members of the Cyprus Ski Federation today are the:
Famagusta Ski Club
Larnaca Ski Club
Limassol Ski Club
Nicosia Ski Club
Troodos Ski Club
There are more than 100 athletes registered with the Federation. The athletes begin their preparation by joining the Pancyprian Academy. As they progress, they enter the FIS Teams and the Elite Teams under the Federation and the best of them make it to the Cyprus National Ski Teams.
The Cyprus Ski Federation (CSF) prepares athletes for participation in the Slalom & Giant Slalom disciplines. The Federation’s athletes take part in International Games abroad and aim to reduce their FIS Points and have managed to unfailingly participate in all the major events to date: The Olympic Winter Games The FIS World Ski Championships The Youth Olympic Games, and etc
The CSF represents Cyprus in the International Ski Federation, the Biathlon Federation and the SES Nations Organization.
It is a Member of the Cyprus Olympic Committee and is the Official Body recognized by the Cyprus Sports Organization as the representative for Cyprus for Winter Sports.
In the international field, members of the Cyprus Ski Federation participate in FIS and SES Committees. Cyprus currently holds the Presidency of the SES Ski Nations.
The Board, comprising of the eight elected members of the Cyprus Ski Club plus one member nominated by each Club, governs the Federation.
A major part of the work delivered by the Federation is processed by Sub-committees. These are the:
National Teams Committee, which handles all matters that relate to athletes, participation in races, delegations to games, etc.
Competitions Committee, which organizes the National & International Competitions in Cyprus. An Organizing Committee is formed each year to organize the Troodos FIS International Competitions.
Athletic Equipment Committee, which handles matters that concern the athletes’ sports equipment.
Academy Committee, which runs the Pancyprian Ski Academy.
Cyprus Ski Federation
21, Amfipoleos Street
2025, Stovolos -Nicosia
Tel: + 357 22 44 98 37
SKIING IN CYPRUS – Ski Station
The impressive Troodos mountain range with its idyllic forests stretches across most of the western side of Cyprus offering a cool sanctuary in the summer and the opportunity for sports in the winter. At the top of the Troodos Mountains one can find the only Skiing Center in Cyprus. Here, one can take advantage of the pleasures of Winter Sports under the beautiful Mediterranean blue sky.
Skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of Mount Olympus (1951 metres , usually from the beginning of January until the end of March. Mount Olympus is only 2 km from Troodos mountain resort, 12 km from Platres mountain resort, and about an hour’s drive from the seaside town of Limassol or the capital, Nicosia.
An International F.I.S. Skiing Competition is organized annually by the Cyprus Ski Federation and takes place at the ZEUS Slalom Homologated Piste.
The Cyprus Ski Club operates four ski lifts at the Troodos ski centre:
- A chairlift on the FIS homologated slope of Zeus (380 Meters)
- A 350m T-bar type ski lift on the Hera slope
- A 150m T-bar ski-lift on the Sun Valley area leading to the Aphrodite slope.
- A 150m T-bar ski lift on Sun Valley leading to the Hermes slope.
The ski lifts operate from 09.00 till 16.00. There are runs suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers.
The Ski Shop is situated in the “Sun Valley” area. It is operated by the Cyprus Ski Club, and is run by trained technicians. It has approximately 500 pairs of Alpine skis and boots, 70 pairs of snowboards with boots and about 50 pairs of Cross Country skis and boots. The Ski Shop is open throughout the week during the ski season.
For further information, please contact us at:
The Cyprus Ski Club
Amfipoleos 21, 2025 Strovolos, Nicosia, CYPRUS
Tel: + 357-22 44 98 37 Fax: +357-22 44 98 38
Troodos Ski Shop Tel: +357-25 42 01 04