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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3rd B.R.N 2008 Event in Faqra Club

BRN3 Faqra LebanonOrganized by Faqra Club

For the third year in a row, Faqra Club has organized the third B.R.N. event in collaboration with major players in Lebanese skiing industry. The event featured a Rally Car Show, Snowmobile Extreme Jump, Night Skiing, Fireworks and a Boarder Cross Race. Entrance was free.

Due to bad weather, event has been postponed from Feb 16-17 to Feb 23-24:
Saturday 23 Feb
4PM: Snowmobile extreme jump and rally car show with Abdo Feghali
7PM: Free night skiing and fireworks
Sunday 24 Feb
10AM: Salomon boarder cross
(First prize: Participation in Mondiale du Ski in Les 2 Alpes)
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2nd B.R.N Event in Faqra Club

Car Show Redbull Organized by Faqra Club

For the second year, Faqra Club in collaboration with the Skiing Society has successfully organized the B.R.N. Event featuring Border Cross competition, Rally Car shows and Night Skiing & Fireworks.

An festive mood and loud music have filled the 2 days of activities.
Saturday 18 February 2006

– 4pm-7pm: Rally-cars show on the closed snow circuit: This unique show is run by famous Lebanese champions such as Abdo Feghali, Billy Karam, Christian Korban, and many others.
– 7pm-12am: Night Skiing: A spectacular show, ski for free, fireworks, live music, besides miscellaneous prizes and surprises for the people attending.

Sunday 19 February 2006

– 10am-1pm: Border Cross Competition “Ski/Snowboard” (Faqra slopes): 200 participants
– 2pm-3pm: Prizes distribution. (First prize: Ticket & Participation in Mondial du Ski, Les 2 Alpes, November 2006).

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