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Lebanon: Faraya Mzaar Skiing

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Faraya Mzaar Skiing | Lebanon | Asia

[Visited: February 2006]

Many people associate Lebanon with ancient ruins, beach life, a lively and beautifully located capital, and perhaps still with the civil war that raged in the country for many years. Less known, however, is the possibility of skiing in this Mediterranean and Middle Eastern country. Still, skiing can actually be found close to the capital. Moreover, you can get a great view over Beyrut, other coastal cities, mountain ranges and the Mediterranean Sea from Mzaar, the top of the Faraya Mzaar ski area. It takes even less than an hour to drive up to the slopes from the capital.

Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Faraya Mzaar: looking up one of the snowy ski slopes

The rental equipment is fairly good, , and once you have your lift pass - beware of the many impatient people trying to skip lines - you are ready to go up and get a taste of Lebanese snow. The lifts are quite old and pretty slow, unfortunately, but otherwise skiing here is great. The Faraya Mzaar ski area is large enough to keep you skiing for a few days. The slopes are never really difficult or long and almost always quite wide. Moreover, if you go a little outside the main area, you can find some of the slopes completely for yourself and enjoy nature and the thrill of skiing down the white powder all alone or with your friends.

Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Snowy landscape at Faraya Mzaar ski area

Another great advantage of skiiing at Faraya Mzaar is that it is mountain range like the Alps, which means that almost all hills are skiable and it is quite easy to ski off piste. Beware of stones coming through the snow, though. The second day of skiing, we found the lift of the highest slope open, and when we got off at Mzaar, the highest point of the entire ski area of Faraya Mzaar, we marvelled at the view over Beyrut, some coastal cities, and a late afternoon sun reflecting on the Mediterranean. After skiing down and driving back to the coast, we were able to swim in the Mediterranean less than two hours after having fun in the snow of Faraya Mzaar - an experience to remember.

Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Snow at Faraya Mzaar ski area
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Faraya Mzaar ski area: skiers coming down one of the slopes
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Faraya Mzaar ski area: looking down on some of the snowy hills
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Faraya Mzaar ski slopes: Jardin des Neiges area
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): People at Faraya Mzaar are not all skiers
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Mzaar: looking towards the Mediterranean
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Snow and shadow on the slopes of Faraya Mzaar
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Skiing down the slopes of Faraya Mzaar ski area
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Wardé area: one of the many empty slopes of Faraya Mzaar
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Snowy mountains of the Faraya Mzaar ski area
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Going down one of the Wardé slopes in the Faraya Mzaar ski area
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): View from one of the ski lifts in the Faraya Mzaar ski area
Picture of Faraya Mzaar Skiing (Lebanon): Ski traces left by skiers on the Faraya Mzaar ski area

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