Skiing at the Top of Lebanon

Collection with 23 media items created by Andreanewilliams

17 Jan 2015 16:00

With 18 lifts and 18 kilometers of slopes, Mzaar Kfardebian is one of the biggest ski resorts in the Middle East. Located between 1600 and 2 800 meters of altitude and only 44 kilometers north from Beirut, the station is also one of Lebanon’s greatest open secrets. It host up to 100 000 visitors each year, including many tourists from Arab countries. “Lebanon is special because the sea is very close to the slopes. In April, you can go skiing in the morning and to the beach in the afternoon”, explains Christian Rizk, Executive Director of the station, proudly. “Mzaar Kfardebian can be compared to a small ski resort in Europe”, he adds. Open since the beginning of the sixties, Mzaar Kfardebian was developed into a modern resort in 1992, after the end of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1991). It’s owners have since then invested millions of dollars to make it as modern as any ski resort in the Alps, although the resort has kept its Middle Eastern charm, with visitors tanning while enjoying a shisha and playing “dabke” (traditional Lebanese drum) at the bottom of the slopes.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
12 Jan 2015

A woman wearing the hijab in the chair lift.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
12 Jan 2015

A view of Mzaar Kfardebian ski resort and its village. The popular ski resort is located at 1800m of altitude, at the heart of Mount Lebanon, just 44 kilometers north of Beirut. "What is special about Lebanon is that in April, you can ski in the morning and go to the sea in the afternoon", says Christian Rizk, Executive Director of the station.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
12 Jan 2015

Skiers are about to go down the slopes in Mzaar Ski Resort

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
11 Jan 2015

During weekends, the station can host more than 8000 visitors, making it the most popular ski resort in the country.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
12 Jan 2015

During weekends, the station can host more than 8000 visitors, making it the most popular ski resort in the country.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
11 Jan 2015

Skiers at Mzaar Kfardebian. The resort is one of the biggest in the Middle East.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
11 Jan 2015

Each year, up to 100 000 visitors come to Mzaar Kfardebian ski resort.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
11 Jan 2015

Two men are sledging at the bottom of the slopes, among the skiers.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
11 Jan 2015

A bar has been installed at the bottom of the slopes. Lebanese are known for their "joie de vivre" and their taste for partying, even on the slopes!

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
10 Jan 2015

People resting and tanning in the bar area, while electronic music is playing in the background.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
11 Jan 2015

A family is playing in the snow, at the bottom of the slopes.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
11 Jan 2015

Two visitors simple enjoy the view from the chair lift.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
10 Jan 2015

A couple is having its picture taken by a friend, on the slopes, among the skiers.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
17 Jan 2015

Two skiers take a selfie at the top of the slopes.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
17 Jan 2015

A group of people is smoking shisha at the bottom of the slopes.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
17 Jan 2015

Lebanese women are known for their sense of style... even on the slopes.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
16 Jan 2015

A view on the slopes from the top of the mountain.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
17 Jan 2015

Lebanese enjoy smoking shisha at the bottom of the slopes.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
17 Jan 2015

A group of people smoking shisha and drinking vodka at the bottom of the slopes.

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Kfardebian
By Andreanewilliams
17 Jan 2015

A view of Mzaar Kfardebian Ski Resort from the chair lift.