With plenty of room to explore Mount Lebanon, who’s highest point reaches 3,088 meters at Qurnat as Sawda’, and an array of phenomenal terrain – which includes the country’s majestic cedar trees – to test your skiing mettle, you are guaranteed to have a satisfying ski trip in one of the snow world’s best kept secrets. The ski culture has developed with the friendly attitude of the people to make Lebanon one of the up-and-coming spots for a dreamy backcountry adventure.
Lebanon is a Mediterranean country located south of Syria and north of Israel. A deep history has nurtured its cultural diversity, and it has played a role in ancient kingdoms and empires because of its location at the edge of Western Asia. The people of Lebanon are notoriously friendly and welcoming. Its national identity is closely linked to the cedar tree, which is even featured on its flag. The mountains, specifically the Mount Lebanon Range, provide incredible conditions for fantastic skiing, with remote backcountry suitable for all types of powder hounds. A visa will be required for most countries outside of the local region, many of which need to be acquired before departing the country of origin.
Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate, and its coast fits the hot and humid mold of the region. Its mountains, however, feature significant snowfall and are notably cold during the winter.
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Flying into Beirut International Airport is the primary and most likely the only reasonable way to enter the country. Flights connect London, Paris, Istanbul, Rome, and Copenhagen, among others. The country is small enough that car and bus transit between the cities is efficient and manageable. You can get to the Mount Lebanon range in an hour or two.
The best time to visit Lebanon for an amazing backcountry skiing trip is in winter, from January to March.
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