|Ski in Lebanon…?
One of the most surprising aspects of this Mediterranean country are the snow covered peaks of Mount Lebanon. Within 1 to 1,5 hours drive from Beirut and at altitudes of up to 3000 metres are several first class ski resorts.
Well equipped and maintained slopes, comfortable amenities and huge quantities of excellent quality snow ensure a skiing vacation of a lifetime.
This resort in the north of the country is named after the most famous of Lebanon's ancient cedar forests. The Cedars Resort is one of the best equipped ski resorts and has been in use and expanding rapidly since the first ski lift was installed by the government in 1953.
As expected, après ski is excellent, with numerous restaurants, pubs and night clubs! The Cedars area is of outstanding natural beauty. On clear days the views of the Mediterranean coast are spectacular. In addition to the Cedars Forest there are numerous sites of interest nearby, such as the village of Bcharré, birth- and resting place of Gibran Khalil Gibran, Lebanon's most famous poet, artist and novelist. The Gibran Museum houses his paintings, drawings and personal effects. Don't miss the beautiful Qadisha Valley, with its picturesque villages, chapels and monasteries.
This resort is ideal for skiers of all levels and is very well equipped:
Skiers, snowboarders, snowmobile riders, cross-country skiers and Para gliders come to Faraya from all parts of the Lebanon and far beyond. From the slopes one has breathtaking views of the Bekaa Valley, Mount Hermon and the Anti-Lebanon. Coastal towns and even Beirut might be seen on a clear day. Faraya Mzaar offers exciting skiing for the advanced skier, and if you are looking for further challenges you can go cross country (with a guide). The resort is equally suited for intermediates and beginners, as the lower slopes are wide and gentle! At night everyone gathers for après ski, which is exceptionally cosy and lively in Faraya! Nearby you can visit the natural stone bridge, the Jisr al Hajar, formed by wind and water erosion, and also the ruins of the Roman temple at Faqra.