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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.

  •     Accommodation at the resorts: hotel or fully furnished chalet
  •     Shuttle service to and from the slopes
  •     Equipment hire at resorts for all activities

The Cedars

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.

  • Altitude 2300 to 3000 meters.
  • Good variety of slopes for all levels, from beginners to very experienced.
  • Longer season than other resorts: from November to mid-March.
  • Opening hours: 8.00 to 15.30 hrs. (weekend to 16.00 hrs.).
  • Lift lengths varying from 800 to 1200 meters.
  • Average gradients: from 10 to 40% (max. 61%).
  • Also: cross-country ski, snowboarding, snowmobile, snow shoeing, paragliding.
  • Experienced instructors, medical staff and safety personnel on site.
  • Snow grooming equipment for slopes maintenance.
  • Snow ploughs to secure road safety.

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.

Faraya Mzaar

This resort is ideal for skiers of all levels and is very well equipped:

  •     Altitude: 1850m to 2465m
  •     Season: from mid-December to mid-March
  •     Opening hours: 8.00 to 15.30 hrs. (weekend to 16.00 hrs.)
  •     42 slopes - more than 60 kilometres of illuminated ski tracks
  •     lift length 720 - 1660 meters, ski runs up to 2250 meters
  •     Average gradients 12 - 40% (max. 70%)
  •     18 ski-lifts
  •     10 snow-grooming machines to keep slopes in top condition
  •     3 snow ploughs to ensure road safety
  •     60 instructors throughout the season
  •     Guided ski-mobile excursions Faraya to Cedars
  •     Security and medical personnel on guard 24 hours a day

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.

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Faraya ski resort
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