Mount Olympus (Cyprus)
|Elevation||1,952 m (6,404 ft)|
|Prominence||1,952 m (6,404 ft)|
|Listing||Country high point|
Olympus, or Chionistra, (Greek: Όλυμπος or Χιονίστρα; Turkish: Olimpos Tepesi) at 1,952 metres (6,404 ft), is the highest point in Cyprus. It is located in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. Mount Olympus peak and the "Troodos Square" fall under the territory of Platres in Limassol District. A British long range radar currently operates at Mount Olympus' peak. It has a highland warm-summer mediterranean climate.
The Mount Olympus Ski resort consists of the Sun Valley and North Face areas. Each area has its own ski lifts and runs, operated by the Cyprus Ski Club:
- Aphrodite or Sun Valley I, with a 125m T-bar ski lift and beginner-level slopes
- Hermes or Sun Valley II, with a 140m T-bar ski lift and intermediate-level slopes
- Dias/Zeus or North Face I, with a 380m chairlift and advanced-level slopes
- Hera or North Face II, with a 262m T-bar ski lift and beginner-level slopes
In the Sun Valley area there is a 55m rope tow baby lift as well.
Writing in the late first century BC or first century AD, the geographer Strabo reported that on one of its promontories was a temple to Aphrodite Acraea (Ancient Greek: Ἀφροδίτης Ἀκραίας) which means Aphrodite of the Heights, which women were forbidden to enter.
- "Olympos (Chionistra)" on summitpost.org Retrieved 1 October 2011
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- "Country Profile: Climate". Official Website of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Washington D.C. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2006-10-11..
- Strabo. Geography, XIV.6.3.
- Troodos Tourism Board
- Cyprus Ski Federation & Club
- Webcam on the North side of Mount Olympus