3 Things To Do In The Cedars This Summer

Whether you enjoy exploring nature, enriching your mind ,or clubbing, the famous Lebanese town, The Cedars, can be a great summer getaway for you, your family, and your friends!

Here are 3 things you can do while spending some summer time off at The Cedars, whether it’s only a day or an overnight stay:

1-Embark on an ATV adventure:

Spend some time outdoors enjoying the fresh summer air while getting an adrenalin rush as you race across the mountain terrain of The Cedars on an ATV!

ATV in The Cedars
ATV in The Cedars

 

2-Visit the Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum:

Gibran Khalil Gibran is a name familiar to almost any literature lover, and of course to Lebanese citizens who are proud of their heritage and forefathers’ achievements. Visiting the Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum dedicated to his life and works would add that cultural touch to your getaway.

Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum Lebanon
Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum

 

3-Enjoy a night on the town at one of the many nightlife hot-spots:

If you’re spending the weekend in The Cedars, why not get a taste of the town’s nightlife? Get dressed up and check out a pub, or two…or three in The Cedars!

Nightlife in The Cedars
Nightlife in The Cedars

Share the Love – Help a Friend Hit the Slopes

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.

Flowers to Lebanon - New Gift Service

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.

In addition to gifts and presents, you can get your friends onto the slopes with a full day lift pass for the Mzaar resort. Or if you’re feeling especially generous, you can sign them up for the full ski experience package – plucking them out of the daily grind in Beirut for an amazing trip to the slopes.

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!

Share the love, share the fun and tell us about it on Facebook!

Winter forecast in Lebanon: sunny, with 100% chance of snow

Yes, it’s true. Lebanon is a wintertime ski destination. Tell your friends, but not too many of them. The fact that there’s great skiing in Lebanon is one of the best kept snow-lover secrets out there.

How can you find out more about ski conditions in Lebanon? Skileb.com is the best source of ski weather, conditions, images, and ski chat in Lebanon. We’re always thinking of new ways to keep you informed about what’s up on our mountaintops. Here are three place to go for the latest, most accurate real-time information about skiing in Lebanon:

weather forecast in Lebanon

1) Weather Page on Skileb.com

On the skileb.com weather page, powered by Snow Forecast, you can find all sorts of useful details. Get the specifics about the Mzaar (formerly Faraya Mzaar) ski resort. We also have the weather lowdown on The Cedars, Laqlouq, Zaarour, and the capital city of Beirut. Check out the maximum and minimum temperatures, wind speed, freezing level, and precipitation outlook.

satellite image, snow in lebanon

2) Satellite Images of Lebanon on Skileb.com

Provided by NASA Earth Data, the satellite imagery of Lebanon on our our newest page of Skileb.com is a fascinating big picture of ski conditions in Lebanon. It’s refreshed two times a day. During the wintertime, you can use these satellite images to identify which areas are covered in white. A great way to see Mzaar and the Cedars from way, WAY up!

the cedars in lebanon, webcam

3) Live Web Cams on Skileb.com

The next best thing to being in Lebanon and looking out the window of your chalet in Mzaar, the web cams on skileb.com give you the most updated peek at the slopes in Lebanon. There are four different web cams to choose from. You can spy on the lifts at Mzaar, have a look at Mzaar from MzaarVille Chalets or take a peek at the lifts at The Cedars and downtown Beirut.

Once you see where the fresh powder is falling and when, you can book your chalet in Mzaar or hotel in The Cedars accordingly. And don’t forget to find Skileb.com on Facebook for even more fun and details about all things skiing in Lebanon.

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 Wild West Comes to the Cedars

If there’s one thing a good skiier needs, it’s balance. And if there’s one thing that a cowboy on the back of a bucking bronco needs, it’s almost certainly the same thing.

It’s not very often that the passtimes are compared, but now with the arrival of first and – to date – only international rodeo competition to be held in Lebanon rolls into the Cedars later this month. The Cedar Stampede Rodeo And Wild West Festival 2011 will bring plenty of unusual forms of entertainment to an area of Lebanon that’s best know for, amongst other things, its ski resorts.

Ski Leb Wild West

The festival brings with it a wide range of exciting and different passtimes – and offers a great deal more than jsut the opportunity to brush up on your balancing skills. Stunt riders, performers and rodeo champions from around the world will be descending on the El Rancho resort to demonstrate their skills, and perhaps share some tips with those who come to try their hand.

Prices start from 30,000 LBP, but there are discounts available for kids under 10. Things kick off on August 26 and run until September 4.

Ghodras, the small village that will play host to the event, is ideally located close to a number of key cities and towns, making it easy to get to. Bcharre, the focal point for many of the Cedars hotels and ski resorts, is located a short drive to the North East.

Beirut, and its wealth of Beirut hotels, is located a 40 minute drive to the south. Tripoli is about the same distance away up the Mediterranean coast. The beautiful waterfront destination of Byblos is, however, the closest of all – mere minutes away from Ghodras.

Practicing staying upright on your board using a mechanical bull is certainly one option, but there are plenty of other ways to get your fix of adrenaline-pounding excitement during the summer months in Lebanon. Take a look at our summer activites page.

While summer entertainment is an interesting way to pass the time before the ski season begins, the mountains and hills of North Lebanon are known and loved by many for the fantastic skiing experiences that they offer.

It’s never too early to start planning your next on-piste adventure!

Licence to Roam: ATV Tours in Lebanon

The All Terrain Vehicle (or ATV) has, despite being a fairly recent innovation, rapidly become a very popular method of individual transportation and one that’s especially suited to summer tours and other outdoors excursions. By offering a fast-paced, exciting and independent experience for riders, ATV tours in Lebanon offer the chance to get the adrenaline pumping against a backdrop of some of the planet’s most impressive historical sites and geographical locations.

Visitors to Lebanon can enjoy a unique perspective on some of the country’s most famous destinations by exploring on the back of their very own ATV. These vehicles offer the perfect solution when it comes to either trekking between two sites or enjoying different viewpoints of a single famous landmark.

Lebanon ATV Tours

Some of the excursions on offer include:

1) Exploring the ancient ruins of Baalbek

Enjoy a six hour ride in the mountains around this legendary settlement. After exploring the ruins up close, you can blow the cobwebs away by discovering your own perfect view of the site. An incredible contrast between the awesome history of Baalbek’s stones and the simple thrill of being alive in the present day.

Experience an ATV tour around Baalbek

2) Trekking between Faraya Mzaar and Zahle

Following winding mining tracks, this route offers an exciting and dramatic view of the rugged landscape which local people have worked for generations. Glimpses of beautiful peaks and valleys along the way provide a constant incentive to push on and see exactly what’s around the next bend.

Try an ATV trek between Faraya Mzaar and Zahle

3) Ascent of Qornet Al Sawda

Conquering Lebanon’s tallest peak is no mean feat, even with an ATV. The feeling of accomplishment that washes over you as you arrive at the top of one of the Middle East’s tallest peaks – standing at 3088m in height – is beyond description. You truly feel on top of the world.

Find out about the ascent of Qornet Al Sawda on an ATV

Lebanon ATV Tours - Qornet Al Sawda

These experiences offer a completely unique perspective and a sense of total freedom that are simply unavailable to most travellers. In the warm summer months when snow is limited, there is no better way to enjoy Lebanon’s striking terrain and incomparable views than on the back of your very own ATV. More experiences are available, so see which package would make your stay in Lebanon that little bit more exciting.

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!

The Roads Are Open… To Mzaar and The Cedars

Ski Lebanon Snowboard

The Prophecy is happening. We have been predicting it, preparing for it, and now finally, it has fallen upon us. No more begging the boss for a day off to hit the mountains because, seems to us, he’ll be begging you to tag along!

Mzaar Ski Lebanon

Mzaar-Kfardebian – Photo by Gerard Paviet

When Beirut is busy being on the news, all roads lead to Mzaar and the Cedars. Nothing but fresh healthy mountain air, peace, quiet, great food, warm atmosphere and 3 Ss: ski, snowboard, snow! You have guessed it, rooms are selling fast so make sure to book yours at the few remaining options in Mzaar (ex Faraya-Mzaar) such as the MzaarVille Panoramic Chalets starting $175/night including taxes, the Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel starting $269/night including taxes and breakfast and the Cedrus Hotel in the Cedars starting $155/night including taxes and breakfast.