Deals For Winter

Winter 2012 is still on its way, and we’ve already got a couple of great deals to help you plan your ski getaway in Lebanon!

The Early Bird Discount
Start now and book your ski package for any time during January 2013 and get a 10% discount on the total rate of your booking. Are you an early bird? As they say, “the early bird gets the worm!”

Deals for winter Skileb

Free Ski Rental at InterContinental Mzaar Hotel
With any stay of 4+ nights at the InterContinental Mzaar Hotel, benefit from a free ski or snowboard rental, with complimentary access to to the hotel’s gym, indoor swimming pool, and spa. This offer is valid through January and March of 2013.

Call us at +961.70.103222 or email us on [email protected] for any inquiries or booking and reservations.

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!

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

Sunny Days and Snowy Slopes in Lebanon

Mar 19, 2011 – The Daily Star – by Simona Sikimic

FARAYA: The scent of spring is finally in the air and with temperatures firmly in the mid-20s, the winter blues, long-detectable on people’s faces, are visibly dissipating. Nowhere is this change more evident than the slopes of the country’s ski resorts, which have been overwhelmed by visitors in recent days, keen to exploit the ideal conditions.

The storms that pelted Lebanon last weekend dumped over a meter of snow on the leading destinations of the Cedars and Mzaar Kfardebian, extending the season well into March, with nearly 100 percent of lifts and runs reportedly open.

While slightly icy in the mornings and unavoidably slushy after lunch, when even the most diligent of snow maintenance work proves unable to ward off temperatures of above 10° Celcius, the snow is in an unusually good state for this time of year. Lebanon is experiencing better conditions than most European ski resorts, which are suffering from a notable lack of snow.

The situation is a real change from the 2009-2010 season, when poor snowfall shortened the ski period to a mere four of five weeks.

Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel

“We have been incredibly fortunate this year, and this was much better than expected,” said Andrea Wrba, general manager of Faraya’s biggest hotel, the Hotel Intercontinental Mzaar. “The season opened very early on  Dec. 11 and provided the temperatures do not get too high we expect to be skiing until April and indeed perhaps into April as well.”

Turbulent weather that has plagued the country has allowed the ski season to be constant this year, with no ski days lost due to lack of snow, although lifts were forced to close during the worst of the storms.

“This has been one of the best seasons ever and it is not over yet,” said Charbel Salameh, operations manager of Lebanon’s Ski Society, which boasts some 4,000 members from the country’s universities. “Every time it looked like the snow was melting, we would get a new dump.”

Conditions have been so good that normally rare “off-piste days,” where true enthusiasts venture off the designated routes to battle the powder, have been common, allowing many to brush up on this rarely used skill.

“Because the season was so bad last year, we had real difficulty recruiting at the start and lots of people backed out saying that the snow was going to be worse than 2010,” said Salameh.

“But, as soon as the snow fell, and then fell again, people absolutely flooded to join.”

Restaurants and cafes are busy, with hotels still reporting high occupancy and promoting special deals to lure in patrons. Big events, such as night skiing, which took place in the Cedars Friday and is scheduled in Faraya on Saturday, are also being held to boost visitor numbers.

“The weather is just beautiful,” said architect Stephanie Najjar, 28, who visited the slopes mid-week with a group of friends. “I just couldn’t sit in the office when I knew I could be out skiing in the sunshine and having a good time.

“Everyone in the office is trying to take a day or two off to enjoy this. I’m going to have so much work tomorrow but it is totally worth it,” she added.

Another visitor, Jean Hoayek, 74, has driven from Beirut every day since Monday to enjoy the snow.

“I’m lucky that at my age I can still ski so I try and come out whenever the snow is good,” said Hoayek. “The last few years have been disappointing to say the least and I was worried that this year would be even worse but it has been very good.

“There is nothing like having a glass of wine in the snow and sunshine after a hard day skiing.”

While the weekdays may be a reserve of the retired or the young and fashionable, the weekends are very much a time for families, with large swarms of schoolchildren heading to the slopes to take lessons, go sledding or build snowmen.

“I take my children skiing most weekends, provided that it is relatively sunny” said Sabine Daou, a mother of three in her 40s. “It’s a good way to keep them occupied and they absolutely love being out here. There is lots of fresh air and I can sit and have some time to myself while [my boys] go off with their instructor.”

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Luckily, the hotels, resorts and travel operators have all thought of a host of other activities alongside skiing to maximize the season’s potential and compensate for the lost business.

Even once the snow begins to retreat, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, trekking and mountain hiking will all be available, while the more adventurous will be able to try their hand at hot air ballooning or paragliding. For the less brave, spas, restaurants and bars will also stay open well into the summer ensuring fun continues year-round in Lebanon’s mountains.

Spring time and the skiing is on!

Friends, today marks officially the beginning of the Spring season: sun is shining, birds are singing and flowers are blooming… in the snowy ski resorts in Lebanon!

Ski Lebanon

“Wait, skiing? And we’re a week from being in April? Really? Like who are you fooling dudes?”

Thou shalt not be fooled by this warm beautiful weather because when there’s a will there’s a way and we are most definitely willing to be skiing some more thus skiing we shall. According to our Lebanon Mzaar Weather and  Cedars Weather Gurus, we are to expect a fresh dump of snow this week, for 3 consecutive days! Then it’s all shining during the weekend.

As promised, you’re the first to know about all this so make sure you’re the first on the slopes by booking in one of these chalets or hotels in Mzaar:

*MzaarVille Chalet self catering starting $159/night.
*Stone Chalets self catering starting $245/night.
*Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel starting $155/night including breakfast.

As for chalets and hotels in the Cedars:

*Cedrus Hotel starting $141/night including breakfast.
*Hotel St Bernard Cedars starting $73/night including breakfast.
*Cedrus Chalets self catering starting $295/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!

Snow Paparazzi

Dear friends, we believe it is safe to say that our snow dance is working – quite impressively if we might add!

Here are the latest snap shots taken from skileb’s webcams showing a lot of fresh dump of snow in the Cedars:

Snow Lebanon
Snow in Mzaar – Kfardebian previously known as Faraya-Mzaar:

Lebanon Snow
Anyone heading towards the mountains, equip yourself with some chains; the driving conditions are really bad. But hey, on a lighter note, this means we are skiing in Lebanon till early April! Wooohoooo.

The sun will be visiting shortly during the weekend according to the Mzaar weather report, so make sure to book our comfy, cozy and warm chalets on the slopes at the MzaarVille Chalets starting $215/night including taxes or might want to check the Intercontinental Hotel Mzaar starting $170/night including taxes and breakfast and there’s always the updated list of hotels and chalets in Mzaar at skileb.com.

Finally, to all our teachers, thank you for your patience and wisdom: Happy Teacher’s Day!

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?

Skiers behold…the SUN!

It has been snowing for over a week now. Yes, a week of fresh dumping and the moment we have all been waiting for is finally upon us!

Mzaar Ski Lebanon

According to our Mzaar weather guru, which is our only reliable weather forecast for skiing in Lebanon, tomorrow and the week following will be, take a deep breath, SUNNY! Nothing but sweet sunshine as you surf the fresh new powder. Reminds us of that song, what was it like? ♫ Skiing under the sunshine, everybody’s skiing under the sunshiiiine ♫

So as of tomorrow, we’re expecting you to head towards the Mzaar ski resort armed with your skis, poles, boards, luge or whatever kids are using these days and show these slopes who’s their daddy!

On a final note, make sure not to miss the Diamony Fashion Show Mzaar on the snow, the IT event of the season; 2 words for you: bikini models! Few rooms are left so make sure to nab yours before your neighbor does at the  MzaarVille Chalets starting $215/night including taxes or the Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel at $346/night including taxes and breakfast.

And finally a quick teaser, just in case you were having second thoughts:

Lebanon Ski Vacation