Rebirth: Contemporary Lebanese Art

While skiing in Lebanon is undoubtedly an art in itself, the off season is the perfect opportunity to take in some art of a more conventional sense. A brand new exhibition of contemporary Lebanese art at the Beirut Exhibition Centre, promises to provide a scintillating insight into some of the country’s most exciting artistic talent.

Beirut Exhibition Center - Home to Rebirth:Lebanon XXIst Century Contemporary Art

‘Rebirth: Lebanon XXIst Century Contemporary Art’ – which opens today June 16th – is curated by Janine Maamari and provides a platform for 49 Lebanese artists, of diverse ages and backgrounds, to display their works.

The exhibits, many of which are receiving their first public appearance as part of this collection, make use of a wide variety of media – including painting, sculpture and photography – but all contemplate the theme of rebirth.

Artists that have contributed to the exhibition include Talar Aghbashian, Randa Ali Ahmad and Christina Alid. While many of those included live and work overseas, Lebanon is the common thread that unites them all. Scenes of everyday Lebanese life – particularly childhood – can be found throughout the exhibition.

The show runs until July 24th.

Lebanon has a particularly vibrant art scene – a result of its rich history of diversity and influences from a multitude of cultures. While many contemporary artists exhibit pronounced western themes in their art, the touch of ancient civilisations can also be detected.

If you’re also interested in history, there are plenty of destinations waiting to be discovered during a break from the slopes. Lebanon’s Five UNESCO World Heritage sites are a good starting point for budding historians, but simply walking the streets of Beirut, Tyre or Tripoli can be history lessons for the less adventurous.

 

Map to Beirut Exhibition Centre
A Map to the Beirut Exhibition Centre

Beirut Exhibition Centre is centrally located in the very heart of the city, close to a number of Beirut Hotels and the charming waterfront district. It can be found just off Mir Majid Arslan Avenue, which leads to the nearby Marina and is open every day between 11am and 8pm. Parking nearby is plentiful, but organising transport in advance is probably the easiest option for most travellers.

Our Beirut Airport Transfer service delivers you directly to the centre of the city, or any number of Lebanon Hotels according to your personal preference.

Snow Party and Night Skiing

Ski Lebanon CedarsImagine infinite landscape of snow and majestic mountains. Now imagine a these mountains all lit up for night skiing. No that’s not in Zermatt or the Alpes, it’s at your reach, a mere 3 hour drive from Beirut city and tara: welcome to the Cedars!

Needless to say that skiing in Lebanon has just a particular taste when it comes to the Cedars. The ski resort is huge and offers wide off-the-beaten-track routes for the adventurer in you.Plus you’ll be surfing one of the highest mountains in the Middle East, we know it’s something to brag about when it comes to skiing.

While you’re at it make sure to visit the Cedars reserve, the Qannoubine Valley or even the beautiful village of Ehden.

Which brings us to a very important aspect of your trip: night skiing and get some tourism in Lebanon North done means you’ll have to spend the night somewhere. Usually we would totally advise a tent and a sleeping bag as to admire the beautiful Northern stars however, being it March, it’s very likely for you to turn into an ice cube. Therefore, how about checking these chalets and hotels in the Cedars?

*Hotel Cedrus starting $141/night including breakfast.
*Cedars Chalets self-catering starting $227/night.
*Hotel St Bernard Cedars starting $73/night including breakfast.

So who’s ready for a road-trip of a lifetime? We know we are!

Annual Dancing Night in Mzaar

It’s that time of the season again, let us give you a couple of hints: snow, booze and loud music! Party people of Lebanon are you ready to shake it?

Ski LebanonLet’s recap the scenario for you: partying till dawn to groovy dance hits with your friends at the most hip club in the Mzaar ski resort, wait we’re not done, and spend the next day on the slopes! Sounds like a fun packed weekend to us! Just when you thought you knew everything when it comes to skiing in Lebanon, think twice because this weekend we’re gona all party like we just don’t care.

Be careful friends, for your safety and others’ refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol and spend the night at one of these chalets or hotels in Mzaar:

*MzaarVille Panoramic Chalets self catering starting $159/night or if you are a group nab the MzaarVille deal at $99/person including 1 night stay, ski pass, gear rental and a succulent dinner at Frost.
*Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel starting $195/night including breakfast.
*Edwin’s Chalet Mzaar self catering starting $455/night.

So better start practicing them moves amigos cos Friday night, there’s gona be some serious dancing baybayyy!

Diamony…are a girl’s best friend!

When asked why skiing in Lebanon is fantabulous, a lot of arguments come to mind. And a lot of visuals too:

Ski Fashion Mzaar Lebanon

There you go peeps: Diamony lingerie is launching an army of super hot models in the Mzaar ski resort, at the Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel’s Refuge Terrace…Which can only mean one thing: guests at the Intercontinental Hotel will have front row seats!

Now, if only someone knew how to get rooms at the Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel! Something tells us at skileb.com that there are a couple rooms left AND a major discount for those who book now.

Then again, this might just be a hunch. One way to find out: email [email protected], call us on 961.70.10322 or feel free to wander around our wall on the Skilebanon Facebook Fan Page and leave us some happy ski thoughts.

Winter Fantasy Land in Mzaar

Mzaar Fashion Show Lebanon

So the Mzaar Winter Festival was really cool, the Mzaar Big Air with Fire Dragon Show spectacular and that’s pretty much it for the season. Or is it?

Lingerie Show MzaarLadies and gentlemen, the season isn’t over until we at skileb.com say so! And we couldn’t, just couldn’t let 2011 pass without the Mzaar ski resort‘s trademark show which will take your breath away! And ours for that matter!

This is without a doubt the most ecstatic show in the Middle East and you can be part of it! Rooms are selling super fast because no one wants to miss the beauties on ice. So make sure to book yours now at the following chalets and hotels in Mzaar (ex Faraya-Mzaar):

*Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel: Right in the heart of the action starting $269/night including taxes and breakfast. And since we want you to be cheering in the front row, we added a little extra: book now and get a 10% discount on ski rental and passes!

*MzaarVille Panoramic Chalets: Overlooking the breathtaking Mzaar slopes starting $215/night including taxes.

*San Antonio Hotel Mzaar: Cozy and comfortable rooms starting at $150/night including taxes and breakfast.

The Mzaar snow beauties are back and they have quite a show for you. We sneaked a backstage preview and we have one word for you: EPIC!

So fellow skiers and boarders, are you ready to be wildly entertained? 😉

3 Reasons Not To Miss The Big Air Festival

Ladies and gents, hang on tight because this weekend you’re about to witness the most spectacular event of the season at the Mzaar ski resort in Lebanon!

Big Air Event Faraya Mzaar

Not impressed?

Skileb Big Air FarayaHow about now?!

So we established the first reason: Free Entrance, Free Night Skiing, Free Alcohol Bar! Wait, that’s three reasons already! But we at skileb.com couldn’t settle unless you’re really pampered, so we’ve chipped in some extras:

– Meet with the Salomon team as they test the Salomon new gear, yes sir!
– Enjoy the fresh amount of snow as reported live from the slopes with our MzaarVille Chalets snow-webcam!
– Just when you thought the resort was packed! Actually it is, but we managed to secure few rooms for you at the San Antonio Hotel Mzaar for just $150/night including taxes and breakfast!

It’s going to be hip, extraordinary, mind blowing… Will you be part of it? 😉

The Salomon Team Wants to Meet You!

You’ve been skiing for the past decade, but what do you really know about Salomon? Here’s your chance to meet these ski giants who will be testing thew Salomon gears and ski designs on the Mzaar ski slopes! Come meet the Salomon team, chat with them, ask them about your skis, boots, clothing and accessories and be the first to see the latest ski designs and newest techies!

Salomon Lebanon Ski

Want to upgrade your skis or thinking of buying a fresh pair of Salomon’s? Then head to Sport Expert Salomon shop, located on the ground floor of the MzaarVille Chalets, facing the Junction parking and choose from a wide variety of gears for men, women and kids.

Big Air is Back With a Fire Dragon Show

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all at the Mzaar ski resort in Lebanon, the Big Air festival strikes back with a boom! Mark your calendars, this upcoming Saturday, the Big Air festival will keep you pumping, jumping and cheering as skiers and boarders compete on the Lebanese slopes.

And that’s not all! For the first time this season, the Refuge lift will be open at night for free night skiing!

Free Skiing Lebanon

What else could one ask for right? End of month free skiing , wooohoooo! Oh, we almost forgot to mention that there’s a fire dragon show taking place on the slopes as well. Take a look at what the Big Air Fire Dragon Show 2009 looked like!

Fire Dragon Faraya

Satisfied?

Then make sure you’re part of this year’s edition which promises to be even bigger! Here are the few remaining options of chalets and hotels in Mzaar for next weekend:

*MzaarVille Chalets: starting $215/night including taxes.
*San Antonio Hotel Mzaar
: starting $150/night including taxes and breakfast.
*Stone Chalets Mzaar
: starting $320/night including taxes.

So gear up, bring your friends, kids and families and let’s meet up on the slopes for an unforgettable night of skiing and fire shows!

Valentine Dinner at Frost Restaurant Mzaar

This Valentine, romance has taken some altitude and awaits you in the breathtaking ski resort of Mzaar at the Frost restaurant. With nothing but snow capped mountains all around you and a roaring fireplace igniting the night, indulge in Frost’s Valentine special dinner for two, crafted specially for this occasion.

Lebanon Valentine Mzaar

You will start with an entree of assorted crispy chunks with red sauces dips, an alpine salad with Gouda cheese on a bed of original Mexican nachos followed by Frost’s signature specialty of juicy beef steak and grilled chicken combination served with a unique home-style sauce, sweet potatoes and steamed vegetables bouquet. A half bottle of wine will be poured per couple. Make sure you’ll leave room for the mouthwatering dessert of Valentine strawberry cake and homemade brownies topped with Vanilla ice cream.

Faraya Mzaar Valentine

A live band will be performing classic romantic songs to soothe you through the night as you reconnect with your loved one. Just when you thought that was it, think twice because the real magic happens in the MzaarVille Chalets, as the roaring fire lull you into a night of passion and rapture.

*Price: $40/person. Limited seating available, please call Frost restaurant on 961.9.341450 for reservation.
*Mzaarville Chalets are available starting $215/night including taxes.