At an altitude of nearly 2,000 meters, next to the summit of the cross, over Horsh Ehden Reservation and on the road to Qurant as Sawda’ lives Jamie Al-Haj in his snow house. This is where he receives all the region’s snow adventure lovers, day and night.
Jamie Al-Haj who is an environmental activist from Ehden, North of Lebanon, dug his snow house after the storm “Miriam” that hit Lebanon last month.
Al-Haj snow house consists of a reception hall, bedroom, and bathroom. Electricity is secured from a small generator or a “skidu” battery. Food, shisha, and sleeping bags are provided. “But I don’t stay or sleep in my snow house every day,” Al-Haj told Annahar.
This is not the first time that Jamie Al Haj digs a snow house. Last time, he dug the house in Qurant as Sawda’ where he stayed for days and it took him several days of work – which he did alone. He said he’s “extremely happy with the calmness I’m surrounded in.”
As for the cold, frost and the low temperature, he says: “When the sun is up, the snow reflects its rays and warms up everything around. At night, when the sun is down, the heat inside the house remains high and I do not feel the coldness and frost of outside.”
One of Jamie’s visitors is Pierre Abou Tannous, a Lebanese snow activist as well, who visits Jamie in his snow house. “This year’s ice and snow are different from the previous year.” Abou Tannous says.