Did you know that you can ski in the Middle East? You may have heard of Ski Dubai, an artificial ski resort inside the Mall of Emirates. However, in Lebanon, you can find the real deal. Lebanon is a mountainous country, with peaks reaching over 10,000 feet. Often called “The Switzerland of the Middle East,” Lebanon has 6 different ski resorts on the Mount Lebanon range.
Skiing was introduced to Lebanon in 1913 by a Lebanese engineer who had studied abroad in Switzerland. The French Army established the country’s first ski school in 1935, and the sport continued to develop, with cross country skiing gaining popularity in the 1990s.
Lebanon has much to offer in terms of natural beauty, and due to its small size, traveling between sites is relatively easy. It is possible to ski amongst the country’s famous cedars in the morning, and then take a swim in the Mediterranean in the afternoon. Lebanon is a country that truly has something for everyone.