Skiing in Lebanon

Skiing in Lebanon

Skiing in Lebanon, introduced to the country in the early 20th century, has become increasingly popular. The Mount Lebanon range in Lebanon, occasionally referred to as the "Switzerland of the Middle East", is home to six ski resorts. [cite news|url=|publisher=the Scottsman|title=Fears of al-Qaeda forging links in Lebanon|date=2008-06-14|author=Abigail Fielding-Smith] [cite news|publisher=Reuters|title=Getting chic on the slopes of Lebanon:Most come to see and be seen at Lebanon's ski resorts, but the snow and mountains actually aren't at all bad|date=2004-03-29|url=] The resorts have a combined 46 ski lifts with runs totaling 30km in length.Lebanese Ministry of Enivornment (2001). [ "Lebanon State of the Environment Report 2001 - Tourism and Recreation"] ] Ski season in Lebanon starts in December and runs into April.Frank Coles, (March 30, 2006). [ "Secret skiing"] . Retrieved July 9, 2008.]


Skiing was introduced to Lebanon in 1913 when Ramez Ghazzoui, a Lebanese engineer, returned from his studies in Switzerland and introduced his friends to the sport in the hills near Aley.William Tracy, Saudi Aramco World, Volume 17, Number 1 (January/February, 1966). [ "Ski Lebanon!"] . Retrieved July 7, 2008.] Federation Libanaise de Ski. [ "Histoire"] . Retrieved July 7, 2008.] [ "Regions/International - Liban"] . Retrieved July 7, 2008.] In 1934, "Le Club Libanais", the first ski club in Lebanon, was founded by Mauritius Tabet, Mounir Itani, and sisters Andree Khasho and Aimee Kettaneh. The following year, the French Army established the first ski school at "Le Grand Cèdre" hotel in the Cedars forest in northern Lebanon. In 1937, the school moved to a high mountain barracks, and would later became known as the Military Ski School.

By the 1940s, Lebanon had established competitions, clubs, and ski schools throughout the country, and began competing at an international level. In 1947, Lebanon competed for the first time at the international championship in Chamonix, France, with Michel Samen carrying the Lebanese flag. One year later, Lebanon competed in the Winter Olympic Games for the first time at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. [cite book |title=Rapport Général sur les Ves Jeux Olympiques d'hiver St-Moritz 1948 |author=Comité Olympique Suisse |publisher=H. Jaunin |location=Lausanne |year=1951 |month=January |language=French |url= |format=PDF |accessdate=2008-06-10] Four athletes competed – Mounir Itani, Jean Samen, Abdelwahab El Rifai and Ibrahim Geagea.

1961 saw the official establishment of the Lebanese Ski Federation under President Dr. Emile Riachi.

Lebanese skiers participated in the Olympic games and World Championships: Innsbruck (1964), Greece (1967), Sapporo (1972), Innsbruck (1976), Grenoble (1969), Lake Placid (1980), Calgary (1988) and Albertville (1992).

In 1967 and 1972 the federation cooperated with the Lebanese Army to host the World Championship of Military Ski.

From 1962 until the eruption of the civil war in 1975, a World Cup Competition named “Semaine Internationale du Ski aux Cedres” took place yearly in The Cedars and attracted the world’s most prestigious champions

Lebanese skiing history was at its peak in 1967 when the 26th annual International Ski Federation (ISF) conference was held in Beirut.


Lebanon has six ski resorts with groomed slopes, catering to skiers and snowboarders of all levels Faraya-Mzaar (Kfardebian) offers acceptable infrastructure and facilities for the tourists. The Cedars and Laqlouq resorts are perfect for nature seekers, while Faqra, Zaarou and Qanat Bakiche offer less interest.

External links

* [ Official site of the Lebanese Ski Federation]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lebanon — This article is about the country. For other uses of terms redirecting here, see Lebanon (disambiguation) and Liban (disambiguation). Republic of Lebanon اَلْجُمْهُورِيَّة اَللُّبْنَانِيَّة al Jumhūrīyah al Lubnānīyah République libanaise …   Wikipedia

  • Lebanon Hills Regional Park — is a 2,000 acre (8 km²) Dakota County Park, located in Eagan, Minnesota and Apple Valley, Minnesota, that includes naturally preserved woodland and prairie. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, and hiking.… …   Wikipedia

  • skiing — /skee ing/, n. the act or sport of gliding on skis. [1890 95; SKI + ING1] * * * I Sport and mode of transportation involving moving over snow on a pair of long flat runners (skis) attached to shoes or boots. Skiing was born in northern Europe;… …   Universalium

  • Lebanon — /leb euh neuhn/ or, esp. for 1, / non /, n. 1. a republic at the E end of the Mediterranean, N of Israel. 3,858,736; 3927 sq. mi. (10,170 sq. km). Cap.: Beirut. 2. a city in SE Pennsylvania. 25,711. 3. a city in N central Tennessee. 11,872. 4. a… …   Universalium

  • Lebanon at the 2006 Winter Olympics — Infobox Olympics Lebanon games=2006 Winter competitors=3 sports=2 flagbearer=Edmond Keiroue officials=Lebanon competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.EventsAlpine skiing;Men s slalom:;Women s giant slalom: =Skeleton= Men s… …   Wikipedia

  • Lebanon at the 1992 Winter Olympics — Infobox Olympics Lebanon games=1992 Winter competitors=4 sports= flagbearer= officials=Lebanon had four competitors at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, all of whom took part in the men s slalom skiing events.In the Super G, Elias… …   Wikipedia

  • Culture of Lebanon — The Culture of Lebanon is the product of various civilizations and cultures that have passed through the country over thousands of years. Starting with the first inhabitants of Lebanon, the Phoenicians, the country was then subsequently conquered …   Wikipedia

  • Ministry of National Defense (Lebanon) — Lebanon This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Lebanon …   Wikipedia

  • Sannine Zenith Lebanon — The Sannine Zenith Lebanon is a project that will cover a surface area of approximately 96 million square meters ­ nearly 1 percent of Lebanon­ will be located in the area of Bidnayel and Sulugi, which begins east of Faraya and ends in the Bekaa …   Wikipedia

  • Tourism in Lebanon — The tourism industry in Lebanon has been historically important to the local economy and remains to this day to be a major source of revenue for Lebanon. Before the Lebanese Civil War, Lebanon was widely regarded as, The Switzerland of the Middle …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.