Events Not To Miss This March

March is almost here, and that means the weather is getting just a little bit warmer and events are rolling in. This March, don’t miss these events!

mzaar winter festival 2013

 

Mzaar Winter Festival 2013: Welcome the month of March with the Mzaar Winter Festival which happens to fall on the first Saturday of this month. Enjoy a full day of snow and ski fun at the Mzaar Refuge slope and stay into the night for free night skiing and fun activities.  For more info click here.

 

 

 

Red Carpet Classic Auto Festival 2013

Red Carpet Classic Auto Festival 2013: Mid March, make sure to attend this year’s Red Carpet Auto Festival where you can enjoy a classic car fashion show on the mountains of Kfardebian. Enjoy the beautiful weather, stunning view, and refreshing atmosphere! For more info click here.

 

 

Book your hotel in Mzaar Kfardebian to enjoy the full experience!

Dania Assaly, World Icon Freestyle Skier, In Lebanon!

From February 3-8, Dania Assaly will be showing off her freestyle skills on the mountains of Lebanon. With Lebanese blood coursing through her veins, this Canadian freestyle skier will bust her moves off-piste and back-country for cameras. This spectacle will be extensively filmed and covered in order to promote skiing in Lebanon.

Dania Assaly

Tips To Keep Your Car Running This Winter

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Winter is hitting Lebanon hard, and it’s important to know how to keep your car engine up and running throughout the cold weather. Here are some tips that could Save Your Engine This Winter:

Antifreeze:
Engine Coolant (aka Antifreeze) helps decrease the freezing temperature of water inside your car’s engine. It also prevents your car engine from getting deformed when the water expands to form ice. For proper results, make sure you mix and use the Antifreeze according to the product’s instructions.

Oil:
The precise oil and viscosity is necessary to ensure your engine keeps running despite freezing cold weather. You should always have the right amount of oil in your car’s engine in order to make sure your car starts properly on cold mornings. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road while the cold rain is falling around you!

Battery:
Your battery is another very essential thing to keep in mind. You should always check your car battery throughout the year, regardless of the weather. If your battery is starting to get old that means it’s time to replace it with a new one before the cold winter weather arrives. Another handy tip to protect your battery from the frost and ice is to buy a battery blanket which helps to insulate your battery from the low temperatures. A virtually free alternative would be to wrap old, used blankets on the outside of your car. Funny-looking, but very efficient!

SKILEB Souvenirs Online Store

Are you hoping to take back a nice souvenir of your ski trip in Lebanon? SKILEB.com has a nice selection of souvenirs suitable for gifts or for personal memorabilia.

SKILEB Souvenirs Online Store

Here is some of what we have in our online store…

SKILEB Tote Bag – Looking for something to carry around your books, snacks, or ski paraphernalia? Get this SKILEB tote bag and show off your ski trip to Lebanon.

SKILEB Magnets – Boast your trip to the snow-covered, Lebanese slopes with some magnets to stick on your fridge. We’ve got circular SKILEB magnets and rectangular SKILEB magnets.

SKILEB Journal – What better way to keep note of your stay in Lebanon than with this nice SKILEB Journal?

SKILEB Mug – Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee with this chic SKILEB mug!

SKILEB Hoodie – Stay warm and comfy cozy in this SKILEB hoodie which comes in different sizes.

SKILEB Women’s Tracksuit – Are you puzzled about what to get for your special lady as a souvenir from your trip to Lebanon? Check out this sweatsuit which is perfect for warm days and a very comfortable fit for lounging around.

For more items, visit our online store!

5 Easy Steps To Prepare You For The Upcoming Ski Season

The ski season is just around the corner and most probably, just like us, you’re getting a little rusty after such a long time away from the slopes! We’ve put together a list of 5 extremely easy steps that you can take to ensure that you are ready to hit the slopes again come winter time.

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1- Start exercising
Skiing takes a lot of strength and so it’s all about building up your muscles in order to be able to maneuver up, down, and around the snowy slopes. From now until ski season commences, start your days with 1 minute of lunges, 5 minutes of Yoga-like stretches, 1 minute of balancing exercises, and 1 minute of jumping rope. That’s a total of only 8 minutes! Do you think you can add that into your morning routine?

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2- Watch your diet
Summer time usually entails eating out at fast food restaurants and grabbing quick snacks on-the-go, but if you’re willing to cut out those extra, useless calories and fat, you could be the best skier next winter! Along with your new and improved exercise routine, why not add on a healthy diet for perfection? “Diet” does not mean “go hungry”! A healthy diet simply means eating healthily. Skip the hamburgers and fries, and opt for a home cooked meal instead. Take along your food to work instead of ordering in to the office. Also, take along healthy snacks from home, like carrots or cucumbers. Such snacks are mess-free and can boost your energy on the spot!

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3- Start preparing your playlist
Some slopes are really high and take quite a while to get to their top. Every time you’re listening to a song that you know you’d enjoy while riding up or skiing down the slopes next winter, add it onto a special playlist. You can name it “Ski Season 2013” for instance and keep adding on tracks until your first ski trip comes around. You’ll be thankful for the well prepared and thought out playlist for the long wait in traffic too!

4- Decide to challenge yourself this year
You know your skiing capabilities and you know what your strong points and weak points on the slopes. Give yourself a challenge this year and become a better skier by going that extra mile, skiing down that extra high slope, and taking that tighter turn. It’s all in your mind, so be confident! What you don’t try, you will never know how to do!

5- Start looking into ski resorts and hotels
Tons of great ski resorts await you in Lebanon, but have you made your choice yet? It’s never too early to start checking out the resorts and even booking your stay to ensure you get your preferred room, services, and location. Click here for  a list of great ski locations, compared for you.

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That’s about all you need to do to get ready for the 2013 Ski Season! Are you up for it? Leave us your comments below and share your opinion with us!

5 Fun Facts about Skiing in Lebanon

Not everybody realizes that there’s a great ski destination in the Eastern Mediterranean. ‘Skiing in the Middle East’ sounds almost like a contradiction, unless you imagine the artificial slopes of Dubai. But little-known Lebanon makes a great white holiday without the lines and congestion of some of its more famous European counterparts. Here are more little-known facts about skiing in Lebanon:

1) You can hit the slopes in half an hour.
Lebanon is a small country, which you can drive across in less than three hours. There are two mountain ranges that are separated by the Bekaa Valley, and some of the best skiing to be found is on the western mountain range, toward Beirut. This means that you can get from the capital to some of the best Lebanon ski resorts in about half an hour!

skiing in Lebanon
Photo by Taras Kalapun

2) It is less than 100 years old.
The sport of skiing arrived in Lebanon in the early 20th century, when an engineer from Lebanon went to study in Switzerland and came back to his home country with a new-found love for the sport. This was in 1913. The first ski club wasn’t formed until 1934. Skiing really took off as a commercial activity in the early 90’s.

3) The word ‘Lebanon’ actually means ‘snow’
Although skiing wasn’t introduced in Lebanon until relatively recently, the area has been known as a snowy white haven in the Middle East. ‘Lebanon’ is derived from the Semitic word ‘laban’, which means ‘white.’ It’s no wonder that this is the first impression of Lebanon for the ancient civilizations who first beheld it — its stunning white peaks rising just beyond the Mediterranean are characteristically Lebanon.

4) You can reach 3088 meters of altitude.
The highest peak in Lebanon, called Korneh El Sawda towers at an impressive 3088 meters above sea level. Many people choose to reach the highest summit by hike during the summer months. Like most peaks in Lebanon that are over 2500 meters, it is covered in snow for over 6 months of the year.  The closest ski resort is Cedars, which has some of the highest slopes in Lebanon. Check out our Lebanon ski resorts comparison for the stats.

5) Lebanon goes for Olympic gold
With great ski infrastructure in place, Lebanon has been able to send a number of local champions to the Olympics and World Championships. Lebanese skiers represented their country in 1964, 1967, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1988, and 1992. Rumor has it that engineers are working to build additional slopes that will rival world-class resorts, and Lebanon will eventually bid to host its own winter Olympic Games.

If you haven’t already checked out the ski scene in Lebanon, this winter is the time to do it. Ski season starts in December, so start planning your Lebanon ski holiday today!

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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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!

Best of SKILEB.com on YouTube

To get you pumped for ski season and ready to take advantage of our 10% off early bird ski package special, we’re going to watch some YouTube. Have you checked out the skileb.com YouTube channel? Be sure to check out skileb.com on YouTube, where you can find rad footage of skiing, or check out our extreme summer sports like paragliding, ATV, and rafting.

Below are some of the most popular videos on the channel. Remember that ski season will be in full swing before you know it, but until then, it doesn’t hurt to daydream about winter and the white powder to come. These videos will send you to the slopes virtually until you can get there for real.

1) Listen to the skis (Ski Lebanon)

This video is from March of 2010, capturing a mind-blowing run from the top of Jabal Dib all the way to the chairlift base. It is brought to you by one of our very own skileb.com team members. You didn’t really think we sit at the computer all day just running a ski website, did you?

2) Ski Lebanon by SKILEB.com

As if you weren’t already convinced that a small little country on the coast of the Mediterranean could offer world class skiing conditions and facilities, just take a look at this video. Who knew? Apart from being a premier sun and sand destination, Lebanon is also an alpine fantasy land for snow sports in the winter. Choose between resorts like Mzaar (also called Faraya), Faqra Club, and The Cedars and find your favorite slope in Lebanon.

3) A ski chase in Mzaar resort by SKILEB.com.

Let’s cut to the chase. Skiing is a high-speed sport. In this film, we’ve using the head cam to show you what it’s like to try to keep up with speed demon Alain on the Jonction slope of Faraya Mzaar resort.

If this footage doesn’t get you in the mood to plan your ski trip to Lebanon now, then
a) check your pulse, and
b) check out our early bird special deal. If you book your ski trip any time between now and the end of September, you will get a 10% discount off the total price of your booking.

Do you have some amazing YouTube footage of skiing in Lebanon? If you think you have what it takes to be on the SKILEB.com YouTube channel, send us a link to your video and we’ll add it to our collection. See you on the mountain.