This winter, coming to Mzaar are events you wouldn’t want to miss! Read about them below:
MZAAR WINTER FESTIVAL Like every other year, the Mzaar winter Festival brings us several events in one day! This year, it’s taking place on the 20th of February with a day that begins with fun and excitement! The schedule is as written on the flyer to the right. (Click image to enlarge)
JUMP N’ FREEZE
February 28th is the time to bring out the crazy in you by participating in the Jump n’ Freeze event sponsored by Redbull. This event will take place on the jonction slopes in Mzaar and will be nothing like your usual ski time since you will be designing your own costume and vehicle!
Watch the video below to understand how it works and how to register!
– Your vehicle should be around 2.5 meters long and 1 meter wide. If the vehicle is circular, then it should be at 2.5 meters in diameter.
– The weight of your vehicles should not exceed 50 Kilograms.
– You and your teammates need to be above the age of 16 to participate.
Note that you will be judged based on your costume, vehicle, crowd cheers and overall performance!
SKI & FASHION FESTIVAL You heard right! A hot show on the snow will be taking place this year on the 5th of March at Refuge terrace Mzaar! To make sure the ladies are warm, the event will begin at around 11.30 when the sun is shining bright!
Paragliding is one of the most thrilling and adventurous way of flying, so why not give it a try at SKILEB.com where you are given the opportunity to fly over Jounieh, Lebanon.
The take-off point is located 500m above sea level on the Harissa mountain where flyers will enjoy the view of the Mediterranean sea. The paraglider (an inflatable wing which inflates by the movement of air into its canopy) is laid flat on the top of the mountain facing the wind and the pilot will be connected to this paraglider with special straps. When the pilot is ready, he pulls the paraglider gently into the wind and after a little run and a leap, floats gently up into the air.
A professional Paragliding instructor will be your pilot to ensure you have a safe and unforgettable experience. Flights are possible everyday of the week from 14:00 PM up until 18:00 PM and the whole experience takes around 1 hour including preparation. The flight lasts for around 15 – 20 minutes with the landing point being directly on the coast below in Maameltain.
NOTE: – The price includes the preparation, helmet, paraglide rent, and not a transfer to the site and insurance.
– Reservation should be made no less than 48 hours prior to flight.
– Weight requirement for this activity is below 90kgs
– Postponement of the flight can happen on the same day as this activity is dependent on the weather conditions. In this case, another session may be booked.
The Mzaar ski resort is one of the best spots for a trip in Lebanon, so how about visiting it from above?
At SKILEB.com we turn an idea into a reality you will never forget. Experience this delightful and peaceful adventure of flying among the clouds over the Mzaar Ski resort. You are guaranteed to have the joy ride of a lifetime.
Booking should be done at least two days in advance however, the flight cannot be fully guaranteed until the day of the flight and upon arrival to the destination due to wind conditions which may vary. If the wind is not cooperative on that day, your session will be postponed to a later date with no extra charges. Each balloon can lift up to 250kg (guide included)
To get there, you need to reach the Wardeh parking space of Mzaar Kfardebian resort after crossing Faraya village and then reaching ski field. You have to be present at the site by 6.30 am and if you need a lift from your hotel, just complete your booking and let us know by email.
Qualified professionals will be your guide through the whole experience which takes around 4 to 5 hours including preparation and landing. The flight is around 30 minutes.
The cost for this fun time in the air is $500. Insurance and snacks are not included in the price.
It’s already a pretty bumper season of snow on Lebanon’s top ski slopes and we hope that many of you have already managed to make your way out onto the pistes to enjoy some of the outstanding powder that’s fallen so far this year.
If you’re a ski lover, have you considered spreading a little joy? Maybe you’ve got a friend that you’d like to introduce the experience to or maybe you want to stage an intervention and get someone out of their office and onto the mountain.
Luckily, there’s a great new way to share the wealth. Flowers to Lebanon is a great new gift service that allows you to purchase holiday experiences for your friends, colleagues and family. If you feel like playing the guardian angel, you can arrange for one of the very special packages to be sent directly to your lucky recipient.
Perhaps you’ve got a buddy who’s not so keen on skiing and you want to keep them out of your hair while you get some time to yourself? Why not help them gain a skiier’s appreciation for the breathtaking local scenery by having them hop on the back of a skimobile for a tour. You get to hit the slopes and they get a taste for powder while keeping their feet dry at the same time. Everybody’s a winner!
Of course, there are plenty of other gifts available for delivery if you want to send your commiserations to a friend who can’t get the time off from work to come skiing with you. Perhaps a nice bouquet of flowers or even a cake will be enough to cheer them up!
If you’re visiting Lebanon for a ski holiday this winter, you’ll probably have a chance to get a taste of the real Lebanon through its rich cuisine. Nothing complements a day on the slopes like a delicious dinner afterwards. In a lot of hotels in Mzaar, for example, the hotel restaurants will have a choice of international fare or authentic Lebanese cuisine. We recommend that you go Lebanese.
What exactly is Lebanese cuisine? What are its most characteristic flavors? It’s a special variation of Middle Eastern cuisine, with its own nuances, specialties, and variations. Think blends of garlic, olive oil, veggies, meats, fresh herbs and savory spices. Imagine sweet, flaky Baklava with coffee for dessert.
If you want to sample Lebanese cuisine wherever you happen to be, we’ve found some of the best Lebanese recipe and cuisine blogs out there. Browse these tantalizing dishes to decide if you want to try your hand at preparing one for yourself, or just to help you decide what to order from the menu when you’re here enjoying your Lebanon ski holiday experience.
1) Cook and Eat Lebanese
The folks at cookandeat-lebanese.com have one of the most detailed and comprehensive guides to Lebanese cuisine online. You can check out new restaurant reviews, find the most recommended Lebanese markets, and if you register on the site you can even download their prized recipes. Organized, clean, and easy-to-use, this site is sure to get your juices flowing. Click on the image below to visit the site.
2) Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen
This Lebanese foodie blog is maintained by a Lebanese couple Edgard and Sarah as a loving tribute to Edgard’s mother Esperance and her lifelong mastery of Lebanese dishes. Esperance learned the craft of cooking from her own mother, making these special recipes true heirloom items. On the site, you can browse the neatly categorized recipes, read cookbook reviews, learn about the essentials of a well-stocked Lebanese pantry, and even buy specialty ingredients from the store. Click on the image below to visit the site.
3) Taste of Beirut
The exploration of Lebanese cuisine and recipes isn’t complete without a stop at tasteofbeirut.com, “Lebanese food recipes for home cooking.” The food photography on this site is fantastic and may have you trying to lick your screen. Peruse the recipes and the ample information pages to find out why Taste of Beirut has also gained itself a following of hundreds on Facebook and Twitter. Click on the image below to visit the site.
You’ve had a virtual tour of Lebanese cuisine, maybe you’ve found a few recipes to try out for yourself, but there’s nothing like trying the cuisine as prepared by Lebanese people on their turf. Whether you’re skiing in Mzaar or one of Lebanese other premier resorts, check out our Mzaar dining guide to help you decide where to go for a full, true Lebanese dining experience. Bon appetite!
It’s easy to see that Skileb.com is a fun crowd. Take a look at Skileb.com on Facebook with 5,268 fans and counting, for example. It’s an active community space where people from all over the world share a love for skiing and Lebanon.
If you take a look at Skileb.com on YouTube, you’ll find a fun community of extreme outdoors sports enthusiasts of all kinds. We’ve shared our footage of 4×4 quad riding in Lebanon, paragliding over Beirut, rafting the rivers of Lebanon, and of course some killer ski moments.
On the Skileb.com website itself, you can get in touch with the community by checking out the hot Lebanon events that we post, and by keeping up with all the latest news on this skileb.com blog.
From our viewpoint on the admin side of the skileb.com Facebook page, we can use the Facebook Insights data to find out even more about our vibrant Skileb.com community. Ever wonder how old we all are? Or what the guy to girl ratio is? Or where we’re all from?
Here’s an inside glance at a cross-section of the Skileb.com Facebook community demographics. It looks like most of us are between 25 and 34 years old, and that guys slightly outnumber girls.
We’re a very international bunch. According to the following Facebook data, we have members from a diverse lineup of countries, both in the Middle East, Europe and beyond. We also very multi-lingual, with English as the vehicular language but also a great mix of other tongues in there to keep it interesting. Conclusion: we’re a young, international, and very fun-loving online community. Just imagine what a real-life Skileb.com party would look like!
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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!