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InterContinental Spring Surprises

Enjoy unlimited relaxation and plenty of outdoor activities at InterContinental Mzaar resort this Spring. Special rates and discounts are available online.

Any day now …

We’ve been seeing sub-zero temperatures at night and plenty of new snowfall at our favorite ski resorts in Lebanon lately. It can only mean one thing — ski season is just around the corner!

Everybody is speculating about when the lifts will open. The date, as always, depends on the snowpack and conditions of each resort, but we’re ready to make an educated guess as to when that will be.

How do we predict the future of ski conditions and open lifts in Lebanon? We do turn to scientific methods like crystal balls and tea leaf readings, but sometimes we take a more mystical approach, just for fun. Check out our post on three ways to learn the forecast in Lebanon’s resorts.

cedars ski cam screenshot
Cedars webcam

On top of that, we have a live slopes status page for each of Lebanon’s favorite ski resorts. It gets updated by each resort approximately every morning. For example, in the Mzaar slopes status  page, you can see the entire list of Mzaar lifts, from Jonction to Refuge to Wardeh, and check the status of each slope, from baby 1 on Jonction to Vallon on Wardeh.  Along with the quick red or green light as to whether or not the slope is open, the page also tells you the lift length, difference in hight from top to bottom, average gradient, top altitude, and difficulty level. So much information, you could plan your whole day on the slopes before you even get here.

Similarly, the Cedars Resort slopes status page is your one-stop guide to conditions to Lebanon’s lesser-known but equally-loved ski resort. Here, find out the status about all six lifts on the mountain: Baby T-bar, Cappucines T-bar, Cappucines Chairlift, Baby lifts, Kornet Chairlift, and Pic des Dames. Again, with information like lift length, difficulty level, maximum altitude, average gradient, and total change in height, you get a clear picture of where to hang out with the kids and where to find yourself a real challenge.

Lebanon by satellite, Nov 28 2011
Lebanon by satellite, Nov 28 2011

The third slopes status pages is the Laqlouq resort, just between Cedars and Laqlouq. Laqlouq has a more laid-back atmosphere for taking your time on the slopes and teaching the kids. Find out what the situation on the slopes is today, with all the same stats and information.

Right now, all we see is red ‘closed’ lights, but we know that the green ‘open’ light is about to go up any day. Rumor has it that some slopes are open already at Cedars. To put a finger on the pulse of what Lebanon ski fans are predicting themselves, we took a Facebook poll about when our fans think the slopes will be open, and the most popular answer was ‘before Dec 10.’

Remember to book your hotel, airport transfer, or entire ski package vacation with us here on skileb.com for the best deals and online ski community to be found in Lebanon. Our selection is as wide as your tastes are. Find your budget hostel or your dream chalet in Mzaar today!

An Overview of Lebanon’s Top Ski Resorts Part 2

This is the second part of a short series of posts highlighting the best aspects of Lebanon’s top ski resorts. We aim to give you an oversight of some of the options available to you when planning a skiing holiday in Lebanon. Whether you’re planning a return to the slopes, or are looking to try out something completely new, we’re confident that you’ll find something to suit your tastes.

In our last update we looked at the resorts of Laqlouq, Mzaar and the Cedars. You can read part one here.

Faqra

Faqra, also known as Faqra Club, is located some 50km to the North East of Beirut. This makes it easily accessible from the capital’s main airport and also makes it ideally suitable for shorter breaks for those operating out of Beirut itself.

Faqra is a smaller resort with around 4 lifts, but it has a lot to offer to visitors. The resort’s main hotel, l’Auberge de Faqra, boasts excellent facilities including a heated swimming pool, squash courts and a sauna – the perfect way to relax after a hard day on the slopes.

The resort has an unusual claim to fame – the remains of a Roman temple are located nearby. These historical relics are a testament to Faqra’s enduring popularity – even the ancients recognised it as a wonderful location!

Click here to read more about Faqra.

Qanat Bakish

Located close to Faqra, Qanat Bakish is a quiet, picturesque resort. While it doesn’t have as much to offer by way of nightlife when compare to some of the busier tourist hotspots, what it lacks in hustle and bustle is more than made up for by its tranquillity.

Home to just three lifts, it’s probably fair to say that Qanat Bakish is an acquired taste. If you’re looking for challenging runs or adrenaline pumping action, you’d be better off opting for a resort such as Mzaar.

But if you’re looking for the perfect place to get away from it all and relax with some gentle runs, this could be your ideal destination. Like Faqra, Qanat Bakish is near to Beirut, making it perfect for short breaks. Its relatively high altitude also ensures quality snow.

Click here to read more about Qanat Bakish.

Zaarour
The view across Zaarour

Zaarour

Out of all of Lebanon’s ski resorts, Zaarour is closest to the capital city of Lebanon. It’s easy to reach for those staying in Lebanon hotels and makes weekend ski breaks a distinct possibility.

Its north-facing slopes mean excellent snow and its multiple lifts mean that its easy to pack as much skiing as possible into a a single day.

Zaarour is also home to some outstanding cross-country skiing routes, giving you the chance to mix up your piste action with something slightly different.

Click here to read more about Zaarour.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief look at the highlights of Lebanon’s ski resorts. With winter just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to be planning your ski getaway. If any of these resorts have taken your fancy, we recommend getting in touch straight away to discuss how we can put together your ideal skiing holiday.

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An Overview of Lebanon’s Top Ski Resorts – Part 1

The season is nearly on us once more and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning your next ski vacation in Lebanon.

The old hands and experts will undoubtedly already have their favorite destinations when it comes to choosing a resort, but for all the new people who are yet to experience the rush of a Lebanese skiing holiday, we’re here to give you a run down on the best resorts the country has to offer.

The View from the peak above Mzaar, Lebanon
The incredible view from the peak above Mzaar, Lebanon

The Cedars

Sharing its name with the country’s national emblem, The Cedars Resort is a great destination for those who love nature, or are looking for a relaxing break in (relative) isolation.

Located at an elevation of 2000m, the resort enjoys a slightly longer season than some of the country’s other resorts. In addition to multiple runs, visitors also have access to great hiking routes and incredible views.

The Cedars has plenty to offer to both beginners and experts, with pistes ranging from entry level all the way up to challenging black runs.

Click here to read more about the Cedars Resort.

Laqlouq

Situated at a slightly lower altitude of around 1600 m, Laqlouq is a more accessible resort. In addition to being easy to get to, it also has a range of courses that are slightly more beginner-friendly than other destinations.

While the traditional skiing is excellent, Laqlouq is also known for the quality of its cross-country runs. If you like to complement your pistes with level courses, this is an excellent choice.

Click here to read more about Laqlouq.

Mzaar

Also known as Faraya Mzaar – Faraya being a nearby village. This is Lebanon’s most popular resort and has a huge variety of skiing on offer.

The Intercontinental Hotel, Mzaar
The Intercontinental Hotel - one of Mzaar's most popular accommodation options

Those who love a challenge will be impressed by the sheer number of options available to them, while newbies who are just starting out will receive an excellent introduction on the gentler slopes.

Mzaar is a bustling and welcoming resort with plenty going on. This is an excellent all-round destination and particularly appealing to those who enjoy the après-ski aspect as much as the slopes themselves.

Click here to read more about Mzaar.

Next week we’ll round off our overview of Lebanon’s best ski resorts. Until then, do you have a particular favorite? We’re always keen to hear from you! Leave us a comment below.

Remember, you can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to be in with a chance of snapping up some great early bird offers!

Special Deals for Skileb.com Twitter Followers

It’s that time of year again, when powder-thirsty ski fans start looking forward to the upcoming season with real anticipation. Winter is coming, and Lebanon is gearing up for yet another session of outstanding skiing, snowboarding and general snow-based fun.

Now’s the perfect time to start planning your next ski break in Lebanon. For many, a skiing vacation in Lebanon is a no-brainer; hundreds of people will be making their way back to pristine slopes, such as those found at Mzaar and The Cedars, to re-experience the rush of carving lines on familiar territory.

For those who are yet to experience a ski holiday in Lebanon, there are tonnes of reasons to try something a little different and opt for this unusual and yet rewarding destination. In addition to the quality of the pistes, snow, accommodation and company, the thrill of experiencing skiing is such a unique environment is something that you’ll remember for years to come. With the waters of the Mediterranean and its picturesque coastal villages mere kilometres away, taking a ski holiday in Lebanon is almost like taking two breaks for the price of one!

Follow skileb.com on Twitter

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the Lebanese slopes or a newbie looking for something a little different, we have something very exciting to offer. In anticipation of the start of a new season, followers of our Twitter account – @skileb – are going to be the lucky recipients of a number of very special offers. All you have to do to get your hands on them is follow us!

In addition to delivering savings via tweets, we’re sticking with the avian theme by delivering a number of great ‘early bird’ offers on our homepage. Repeat visitors will know that Skileb.com consistently offers great prices on ski holidays in Lebanon, but eagle-eyed users will soon be able to pounce on all-new deals.

Keep visiting Skileb.com to keep on top of everything that’s happening and remember to follow us on Twitter. Only followers will be able to receive these great offers, so sign up now to make sure you’re on the list.

Don’t forget that you can also visit our Facebook page to keep up to speed and to ask us questions. We’re happy to help.

We at Skileb.com are hugely excited for the new season and we want you to be too! Start planning today!

The Mzaar Summer Festival 2011: Come Celebrate!

If this year’s Mzaar Summer Festival is going to be anything like last year’s, save the date on your calendar and start planning ahead!

The Mzaar Summer Festival is an annual tradition, gaining in popularity each year. Just 30 miles to the northeast of Beirut, the mountain resort area of Mzaar makes the perfect setting for a summer festival.  The venue will be the Faraya Gardens.

The Mzaar Summer Festival is scheduled to kick off this your on August 11 and carry on through the weekend and up until August 17.  Here’s the schedule of events:

Espace «Mzaa’rt»: Open on the 11 and 12 from 15h to 21h and on 13-14-15 from 11h a 22h. More than 60 artisans and painters painters gather to showcase their latest creativity.

Espace Boutiques: Open on 11 and 12 from 15h to 21h and on 13-14-15 from 11h to 22h: Fair showing the latest decoration trends, traditional arts, table setup, furniture design and other innovations.

Espace Jardin Gastronomique: Open from noon to midnight. Meeting point for all food and beverage specialists of the region.

Mzaar Kids Zone: Open from 11h till 21h « Parking Igloo ». Dedicated to children with shows, music and singing.

Mzaar Xtreme Zone: «Parking Igloo» Open from 11h till midnight. Strong sensation and adrenaline pumping guaranteed with bungee and rocket jumping, skate park.

During the evenings:

August 12: Altitude Fever in Jardins du Mzaar starting 21h30h. Call 76 358760 for info and reservations.

August 13: Summer & Ski Fashion Show around Igloo swimming pool at 17h30.

August 13 (evening): Igloo Summer Heat with MIX FM around the swimming pool.

August 14: Fireworks at 20h00.

August 15: Mass at 11h30 accompanied by Chorale de l’église st Joseph.

August 15 at 17h: Dog Beauty contest.

Bring your mom, dad, pets, and kids of all ages, because there will be something for everyone at the Mzaar Summer Festival.  The line-up includes live music performances, exhibitions, carnival games and activities, fireworks displays, painters, artisans, a dizzying array of delicious food stands, and even fashion shows. A festival like this is summer fun at its finest.  Check out the highlights of last year:

The accommodations in and around Mzaar fill up quickly for the festival, so be sure to book your lodging online today! Check out our list of our highly-recommended best-selling hotels in Mzaar:

MzaarVille Chalets – 5 NIGHTS 
Studio Chalet at $1075 and $215/extra night

InterContinental Mzaar – 5 NIGHTS with breakfast
Standard Double Room at $1510 and $302/additional night

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 Lingerie Show – Round Up

Some things in life happen only once…and this is why man created a camera: to be reminded of the beautiful events in life and tease the ones who could not attend them!

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See, there’s a whole lot more than skiing in Lebanon than you thought. Oh and on a very exciting note, those who missed the show on Saturday, there’s another one this weekend as well, but we’re not revealing anything just yet. One way to be informed ladies and gents, make sure to like us SKILEBANON on Facebook and be the first to know about deals, news, events and everything happening in the ski resorts.

*Photos courtesy of Beirutnightlife.com

Diamony Lingerie Show Countdown

Ah, beautiful sunny weekend and lots of fresh snow, things could definitely not get better. Or could they?

Fashion Ski Lebanon

Remember we’ve been mentioning something about beauties, snow, lingerie and all 3 mixed together? Yup, the Diamony Lingerie Fashion Show is kicking off this Saturday and it’s taking place at the Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel‘s Refuge terrace! So make sure to head to the Mzaar ski resort this weekend because it’s going to be nothing but ski, fashion and fun!

Want to spend the night in the resort but every chalet and hotel in Mzaar are fully booked? We always anticipate such unfortunate eventualities and thus we have secured a couple of chalets at the MzaarVille Chalets facing the Junction slope especially for our skileb.com readers; studio chalets at $215/night including taxes.

Finally, be the first to know about the latest deals for skiing in Lebanon by joining the SKILEBANON Facebook fan page. And that’s a wrap for today, who’re ready for some heart throbbing show on ice?