Winter in Lebanon can be a scene from a Hollywood Christmas movie: drinking hot chocolate on a day-in near the fireplace, preparing a warm meal (in the Lebanese sense it’s keshek), and looking at the window as the snow topples upon our mountains like sprinkling cotton candy.
January and February are the perfect months for a weekend getaway to our snowy mountains. The most famous snow-spot may be Faraya, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only town for the Lebanese North Pole.
Akoura is a mountainous village in the Jbeil District of Mount Lebanon Governorate. It is 68 kilometers north of Beirut. It has an average elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level and a total land area of around 140 square kilometers.
Qanat Bakish is located about seven kilometers northeast of Baskinta. It is known for its ski resort, which is considered as a tiny and quiet resort in Qanat Bakish and is known for its high-quality snow.
Barouk is a village in the Chouf District of Mount Lebanon Governorate in Lebanon. It is located 52 kilometers southeast of Beirut. Its average elevation is 1000 to 1200 meters above sea level and its total land area consists of 2,762 hectares.
The city of Baalbek is located east of the Litani River in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, about 85 km northeast of Beirut. It is the capital of Baalbek-Hermel Governorate. Its average elevation starts from 1170 meters.
Al-Arz is located in the northern Bsharri, topping the Qadisha Valley, and known for its “Cedars of God.” They are one of the last vestiges of the extensive Cedar forests of Lebanon that once thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. Al-Arz perches at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters (6,600 ft).
Ehden is an ancient mountainous town in the heart of the northern mountains of Lebanon and on the southwestern slopes of Mount Makmal in the Mount Lebanon Range. Ehden’s elevation starts at 1428 meters.
Al-Qoubaiyat is located in the northeast of the Lebanese republic. It is bordered in the west by the village “Akkar el-Attika” and in the East by the two districts of Akkar (North) and the Hermel Bekaa.
Bteghrine is bordered by Mount Sannine to the east, Wadi el-Jamajem to the north, Jouar to the west, and Khenchara to the south. The municipality is composed of four outlying areas: Bsefrine, Meisree, Sabbourta, and Zaarour.
Zahlé is the capital and the largest city of Beqaa Governorate, Lebanon. The city is located 55 km (34 mi) east of the capital Beirut, close to the Beirut-Damascus road, and lies at the junction of the Lebanon mountains and the Beqaa plateau, at about 1,000 meters.
Haddath El-Jibbeh is a town located in the Bsharri District in the North Governorate of Lebanon. It is situated on a hill at an altitude of 1500 meters overlooking the Qannoubine valley, ‘The Valley of the Saints.”
Baskinta is a Lebanese village situated at an altitude ranging from 1250 meters above sea level and climbs up to approximately 1800 meters of height at Qanat Bakish, making it one of the highest villages of Lebanon. It is located 43 kilometers northeast of Beirut.
Tannourine is a Lebanese municipality located in the Batroun District, part of Governorate of North-Lebanon, 75 km from the capital Beirut. It covers an area of 195.5 hectares at an altitude ranging between 1,300 and 1,800 meters.