After mooching around the house all day yesterday we decided to check out Lebanon’s ski slopes, so we headed up to Faraya. Located less than an hour’s drive north-east of Beirut, Faraya is the most commercial of Lebanon’s ski areas. The town of Faraya itself is pretty horrible and run-down, but the ski resort above is much nicer. The snow there is great, soft and powdery and really deep. There was a huge dump a few weeks back (see here) and when we got there it was snowing lightly.
Amazingly, despite being less than an hour away and it being Sunday, there was hardly anyone there. In Australia ski fields with snow like this would be absolutely packed in the height of winter. Friends tell me it’s usually much busier. I can only assume that the threat of overcast weather, and the current security situation, might have encouraged people to stay home this weekend.
Nonetheless, we had a good time. Unfortunately mummy had to stay in the car while Mitchie and I checked out the snow, which was a bit sad for her. This was Mitchell’s first visit to the snow, and as you can tell from the photos, he was a bit non-plused with the whole snowflakes falling from the sky and freezing cold wind thing. We made up for it with a nice lunch and then excellent hot chocolate at the Intercontinental Hotel. Yummo.