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Cyprus turning into year-round destination thanks to its winter climate
2006-12-14 10:01:45

Cyprus is turning into a year-round destination thanks to its benign winter climate -- and a few snow-capped peaks, according to The New York Times’ Alex Warren.

The serenely wooded Troodos Mountains, in the central part of the Mediterranean island, reach elevations of 6,400 feet and from January to March enjoy fairly reliable snowfall, he notes in his report.

There are two small resorts and four lifts on the slopes of Mount Olympus, all run by the Cyprus Ski Federation, which has snowmaking equipment to make up for any snowless periods. The best time to visit is in late January and early February, when natural snow is usually at its best.

Residents say that more and more people -- both Cypriots and foreigners -- ski there every year. Perhaps they're tempted by the somewhat apocryphal claims of being able to ski and to swim in the sea on the same day: it's possible, but apparently few do it.

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