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Mzaar Kfardebian Resort Reviews

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  • April 07, 2016
    from Lebanon

    The main reason behind the reviews is to comment on Mzaar Kfardebian resort (in terms of ski experience, access, transport, scenery and accommodation) as it is well stated on the website.
    If you need to argue on the resort naming or location you can easily check the geography and cadastral maps which all proves that Mzaar ski resort is associated to Kfardebian Village. Please refer to:
    kfardebian.com
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mzaar_Kfardebian

    I had the chance to visit Kfardebian ski resort in February 2016. The snow quality was amazing and mostly all lifts in both domains: Lonction and Wardeh were open. I had the chance to try a new off-piste trail with my colleagues departing from Mzaar Peak towards Faqra with an elevation drop of 850 m.
    Unfortunately, I have noticed that the ski season is now closed, but I surely recommend all skiers to visit the resort in the upcoming season.

  • Mzaar Kfardebian Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 71 votes and 113 reviews. Vote

    Access: 4.3

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mzaar Kfardebian.

    Public Transport: 3.2

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Mzaar Kfardebian, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.2

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.2

    (1) No places to stay in/near Mzaar Kfardebian, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.7

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 4.1

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mzaar Kfardebian.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.1

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 3.4

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Mzaar Kfardebian, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.8

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mzaar Kfardebian is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 2.4

    (1) Mzaar Kfardebian relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.1

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Mzaar Kfardebian, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mzaar Kfardebian are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.1

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mzaar Kfardebian is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 2.7

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Mzaar Kfardebian, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.4

    (1) Mzaar Kfardebian usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 3.7

    (1) The staff at Mzaar Kfardebian are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mzaar Kfardebian are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.3

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.1

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.7

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mzaar Kfardebian has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.2

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.3

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Mzaar Kfardebian, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 2.7

    (1) Not even a kicker at Mzaar Kfardebian, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 3.8

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 3.2

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mzaar Kfardebian, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.8

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mzaar Kfardebian has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.1

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 4.1

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 3.5

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.3

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.3

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.4

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.6

    (1) Overall, Mzaar Kfardebian is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.8

    (1) Overall, Mzaar Kfardebian is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • March 05, 2016
    from Lebanon

    I agree with another reviewer. Since I was a child I have enjoyed skiing in Faraya. I never heard about Kfardebian. I remember there was a remote village called Mazraar Kfardebiane. The villagers did not know how to ski. All the ski instructors were from Faraya village and Hrajel. This is is a kidnapping. The whole Mzaar/Kfardebiane story makes no sense!

  • February 19, 2016
    from Lebanon

    A few words about this resort's name.
    The founders of the resort are a group of pioneers from Beirut and sheikh Salim el Khazen from Faraya village.
    The only name of this place is Oyoune el Simane. People used to say and still say "we ski in Fraya" because it is the nearest village. When the ski resort was founded there was no road linking Oyoune el Simane to Kfardebiane. Kfardebiane did not even exist. It was Mazraat Kfardebiane (the Farm of Kfardebian). Now people of Mazraa have discovered civilization, they have changed the name of their village (ashamed to be a "farm"?) and are doing whatever they can to force everybody to stop saying "Faraya" or "Oyoune el Simane" and say Kfardebian.
    By the Way, Mzaar is only the name of the highest summit of the region, certainly not the name of the resort.
    So, let us not loose the memory of things and change the names of places. Enjoy skiing in Faraya!

  • April 09, 2015
    from Lebanon

    Thank you Admin for adjusting some info in my statement, but for transparency and for the credibility of your site, you should ban any comments misstating the correct geographical location of all ski slopes, hotels and related stuff that are located in Faqra & Mzaar Ouyoun el Simane region that are within the Village of Kfardebian not elsewhere. or you can adjust their review by deleting the wrong location nomination (Faraya for the ski slopes, hotels and resorts or anything else that are only related to Kfardebian areas) and replacing it with Kfardebian.

    Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

    {note from the editor: if you can direct me to the worst of the reviews, where information is incorrect, that would be very helpful. Please send e-mail to the Help Desk: help@snow-forecast.com]

  • April 01, 2015
    from Lebanon

    The reality is that the slopes & intercontinental Mzaar are located in Kfardebian, not Faraya.

    People are stating faulty information about the correct name of the village where all the touristic sites, hotels and slopes are located.

    {note from the editor: text from your recent submission has been applied here as it appears relevant to this review.]

  • February 13, 2015
    from Lebanon

    The new snow has reached 90 cm of depth as of 13th of February and still snowing. It started with some snow on day 1 (February 9th) and fortunately topped with 50 cm of champagne powder and still snowing. I recommend all skiers to enjoy skiing on powder snow at Kfardebian ski slopes as of the 15th of February.

  • January 03, 2015
    from Lebanon

    I love Kfardebian! The big name of the resort is Mzaar Kfardebian. There is nothing here in the resort called Faraya. Faraya village is near Kfardebian and there is no ski resort therein called Faraya. People are lying to make you lost. We love Mzaar Kfardebian.

    [note from the editor: text altered slightly for the sake of relevance.]

  • December 10, 2013
    from United States

    No matter what you could think of the slopes, maintenance or condition on certain days (people need to accept it's not a strong asset in the region, at least for now), these slopes offer a different splendid experience, an unexpected adventure, amazing scenery, and a lot of sunshine most of the days.
    it's definitely not an olympic venue in its current condition, but certainly as attractive in its own way.

  • February 17, 2013
    from Lebanon

    Your weather predictions have been completely off this year unlike previous years
    It is now snowing in Faraya and yet you are indicating sunshine?

  • February 12, 2013
    from Lebanon

    This resort is OK.

    So far this year, there was only one major storm so snow has been sort of icy.

    They are not good with grooming the slopes so that makes the rides bumpy. Lots of snow mobiles which should be illegal.

    Some lifts are out of date but, make no mistake, Cedars are a lot more primitive!

    OK if there is good snow, very crowded on weekend.