Cyprus is an unlikely destination for skiing as it is known worldwide as a summer destination with pristine beaches and glorious sunshine all year round. However there is a short period between January and April that sees many visitors in the Troodos Mountains enjoying winter sports. These mountains that are 2,000 meters above sea level, offer excellent skiing at this time of the year. The area has 2 hotels and some unique agro tourism cottages which are located in the mountainous region of the Troodos Mountains. A ski centre is based on Mount Olympus which is the highest peak and you will find four ski lifts and eight alpine ski runs for amateur and professional skiers. A ski school is also in operation during the winter months offering lessons on the cross country ski tracks. The ski centre has a restaurant and cafes that are situated in the white covered picturesque ski resort.