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.

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Ski in Lebanon Preparation Ritual

11:00 pm. No sign of skiers and boarders near the pistes. They are either enjoying a night out in of the best pubs in Mzaar such as Frost pub and restaurant or tucking themselves to sleep in preparation for the next day of non stop skiing in Lebanon.

Ski Lebanon HotelDay, night – we even ski when we’re asleep!

So each their own ritual when it comes to preparing for a long skiing day. But how about the snow? Have you wondered how do the pistes in Mzaar-Kfardebian ski resort prepare themselves to welcome the daily flux of hungry skiers and boarders? Well, the skileb.com’s webcam at the MzaarVille Chalets facing the slopes has pretty much the answer for it!

Mzaar Ski Lebanon WebcamAs you are peacefully dreaming of an adrenaline-packed day of skiing, the snow is peacefully dreaming of how to make that day the best skiing experience of your life! So make sure to join us this weekend at the Mzaar ski resort for the night skiing, freestyle riding and open alcohol bar at the Big Air Festival and Fire Dragon Show.

Only places available for the weekend at the San Antonio Hotel Mzaar, offering the double room at $150/night including taxes and breakfast.

Oh and while you’re at it, give us a big cheers,smile for our camera and tag yourselves in the pics on the skilebanon facebook fan page. Also tell your friends that liking us has side effects: ski, skis and a whole lot more of skiing deals 😉

The Mzaar Winter Festival 2011

Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel

Dubbed the most exciting event to happen in the mountains, the Mzaar Winter Festival 2011 kicks off on February 8th with a program that promises to enchant skiers, boarders, clubbers, families, kids.. you’ve guessed it: everyone!

Mzaar Winter FestivalOf course, the program is not complete without the traditional, most anticipated dragon show, taking place the weekend after.

Needless to say that Mzaar is the place to be in February and rooms are selling fast! There are a couple of chalets in MzaarVille Chalets overlooking the slopes starting $215/night including taxes, 2 rooms available at the Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel at $385/night including taxes and breakfast, some units at the Auberge Suisse starting $138/night including taxes and breakfast and few other options. So, make sure to secure your hotel or chalet in Mzaar now on skileb.com before it’s too late!

Storm 3: The Return

As any skier already knows, the number one rule of pre-skiing is checking the weather. In this respect, skileb.com updates skiers and boarders daily with its ski Lebanon weather updates, the most accurate weather reports pertaining to the major ski resorts in Lebanon.

And if you have been checking the updates these couple of days, you’ll notice that there’s a new release to the storm sequel coming, euh, this weekend! Though forecasts predict that the storm will hit Lebanon on Monday, a series of speculations claim that it might be coming sooner.

Ski Lebanon StormComing soon, with lots of snow!

So unless you want to be turned into a snowman, literally, we suggest you stay in at one of these storm-proof chalets and hotels in Mzaar and Laqlouq:

Stone Deluxe Chalets Mzaar starting $270/night including taxes.

MzaarVille Chalets Mzaar starting $175/night including taxes.

San Antonio Hotel Mzaar starting $150/night including taxes and breakfast.

Shangri-La Hotel Laklouk starting $110/night including taxes and breakfast.

Good snow, good company, good food, good movie, good fireplace… isn’t it what storms are all about?

Chalet Promo Time!

If you haven’t noticed yet, we at skileb.com are over passionate with skiing and boarding and love to share our passion with our fellow snow lovers! And by sharing, we don’t mean just telling you how awesome skiing is; we dig up the most incredible deals in Lebanon’s ski resorts to keep you on the slopes, right in the heart of the action, surfing the powder with that ski-smile on your face —> 🙂

Ski Faraya Kfardebian

Stay 3, pay 2 at the MzaarVille Panoramic Chalets: If you haven’t been to the MzaarVille Chalets, then you don’t know what panoramic means! Absolutely untainted views of the snow-covered Mzaar slopes right from your bedroom window!

3 nights for the price of 2 at the Edwins Chalet in Mzaar: Ultimate comfort and luxury await you at this cozy chalet, just few meters from the junction ski slope.

*Offers are valid on weekdays during the month of January*