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Mzaar Kfardebian Resort Reviews

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  • April 04, 2009
    Christian Bitar from Lebanon

    I have skied in a few places in Europe and in North America, and I still consider the Mzaar (Faraya) as one of the best slopes in the world.

  • Mzaar Kfardebian Ratings

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    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: 4.3

    (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: 2.3

    (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: 3.0

    (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: 4.1

    (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: 2.6

    (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: 3.1

    (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.

  • March 24, 2009
    John M from Kuwait

    I came to Mzaar after a colleague took a school trip to Les Elfes. Apart from an unfortunate storm which took out two days, the skiing was better than average European ski areas with very good hotel management. Slope grooming might have been better at Mzaar, and the lifts, although old, seemed to be well maintained. There's a shortage of apres-ski at Mzaar, but apart from that, Lebanese people were more than welcoming and there aren't many drunks to spoil your day. In short, plenty here for competent skiers, families and groups. Loved it.

  • March 03, 2009
    Eddie Maalouf from Lebanon

    It's a pity to see my fellow Lebanese making harsh comments about the state of the slopes in Faraya Mzaar considering the state of the country itself. I for one, having lived abroad for the past 25 years, continue to manage to steal a couple of weekends a year to escape to Faraya Mzaar with the family to ski. Despite what you read in other comments, I must admit that the resort is absolutely amazing. All kinds of slopes with great value for money. The real problem is that we could do better in terms of maintenance and lifts but management would probably need to increase the tariffs. I am sure this would result with more Lebanese complaining about the cost as opposed to praising the betterment of the slopes. Either way, I thank the people operating on minimum wages to keep the slopes as they are.
    For the non Lebanese, try Faraya Mzaar and you will love it.

  • February 24, 2009
    Gilou Tabet from Lebanon

    I have been skiing in Faraya for 14 years. At the beginning Faraya was improving every season, especially with the opening of the Warde area.
    We were very proud and excited about Faraya.
    For the last 5 years, the ski resort is falling down, the good slopes are never groomed ( Nabil, Piste Rouge), the lift "Rouge" opened for the first time this year one day on February 14th.
    I think the managers should be ashamed, instead they are very proud. Everything is mediocre, the lifts are so old that everytime there is strong wind, the slopes have to remain closed.
    I don't think that they have spent a dollar on improving the ski station for at least 5 years at Faraya, if not more. They should close. I will never recommend anybody to come and ski here.
    It could be such a nice place, it is a nightmare.
    We should all go on strike, not buy tickets anymore and complain. This cannot continue.

  • February 24, 2009
    anonymous from Lebanon

    Faraya could be a great resort but it is not. For people who love skiing, it is very frustrating. The greatest slopes are never open and they always have an excuse. The snow on these slopes, after one day of fresh snow, have to be packed, but nobody cares. We could have wonderful slopes but there is never a day with everything working. The ski management at Faraya is a disaster. The night life is probably great but skiing should come first. Even when just 2 slopes are open because of bad weather conditions, the prices remain the same; what a shame. Sometimes I feel like skiing midweek, but I never do. Disappointed though: closed lifts, bad snow, bad snow packing.

  • February 22, 2009
    Fares from Lebanon

    Faraya Mzaar is great with nice slopes, good snow and friendly people but my stay at Intercontnental Mzaar was like a nightmare. With bad management and bad communication it's unfair for it to be a 5 stars hotel.

  • February 16, 2009
    Georges Kassab from Lebanon

    Faraya is a great resort for on and off slope skiing; the powdery snow is a must try. The domain at Faraya is pretty big and you've got plenty of options for jumps and freestyle.

  • February 14, 2009
    Elias Saadeh from Lebanon

    Faraya is one of the best skiing resorts. It grants you a high snow quality, that is renewed each 7-10 days from mid-December until mid-April. You will always find near a meter and a half of snow during this period, with sunny days and temperatures varying between 2 and 7 degrees. I highly recommend Faraya-Mzaar, not only for skiing but for all the activities you can do (snowboarding, riding ATV's, skidooing and even just building a snowman. Friendly people there, fantastic views and after skiing at Faraya, you can enjoy an uncomparable vibrant nightlife in Beirut, the city classed number 1 in NewYorkTimes.com summer destinations for 2009.

  • February 09, 2009
    anonymous from Lebanon

    These guys are putting efforts to come up with such a resort (Faraya), not to mention its extension at warde. You have this huge resort in a country where the raw materials and the technologies required are scarce. So thank you so much for all Faraya guys for the huge efforts they are putting every year and every season to allow us to spend the most beautiful days skiing. I think we should all pray for the weather to help them, it is no more raining as it should be and maybe one day we wont be able to ski in Lebanon. Hope this won't happen.

  • February 02, 2009
    Rania Abboud from Lebanon

    I am Lebanese and it has been about 10 years since I skied.
    I am going to Faraya each weekend with my daughter and the slopes are good.
    It is not a great resort for skiing but for Lebanon it is the best.
    I highly recommend Faraya, not only for skiing but for all the activities you can do.

  • January 28, 2009
    Alistair Duffin from United Arab Emirates

    Hi skiers. I have just returned from a 4 days trip to Faraya. I am a fan of Mzaar resort. For 3 times in a row our holiday to Faraya was organized by skileb.com and we had plenty of nice souvenirs. Well done everybody. Al.

  • January 06, 2009
    Karim Atassi from Lebanon

    Every winter I go to Faraya every weekend and snowboard. It's amazing. Great snow, great slopes, not crowded but lifts are old and slow (kinda scary=D=P). I recommend it. But what I'd really recommend is the Faraya Mzaar intercontinental hotel. It's great. I stay a weekend up there once per winter. Amazing rooms, amazing views. Extremely comforting and the feeling of waking up in a wooden warm room, with a bright window of snow is something I can't describe. It's all worth it.

  • January 09, 2008
    Gabrielle from Netherlands

    Since 2003 I go to Faraya: 2008 will be my 6th season. I live in Damascus and love to go there for weekends skiing. I say the scenery is great: views on the Med and on Beirut from the slopes; closeby ancient Roman temple and a beautiful arch in the rocks. In March and April you can ski on what they call "Firn" in Austria in the mornings and have an icecream on the seaside in Beirut in the afternoon. There is skiing for all levels incl kids and plenty of off-piste as well. I recommend for a long weekend only if you are more then advanced. The lifts are slower and older, but sufficient. Plenty of hotel choices for different budgets.

  • December 25, 2006
    Abdullah from Jordan

    I went their with my family... It was my first time, and it was amazing by all means... I'll really reommend it.. ;-)

  • February 09, 2006
    nick from United Kingdom

    What can I say about Faraya? I was really impressed the first time I went skiing there 10 years ago, and now it has been my annual holiday destination. Great people, snow, and bars.

  • February 08, 2006
    Marinos from Cyprus

    I've been going to Faraya for the last 3 years. I flying tonight too for Faraya. Nice slopes with poweder snow and friendly people. Considerably cheap accomodation and night life. See you all at the slopes

  • January 21, 2006
    Mike from United Kingdom

    The people are great, the slopes are nice, hors-pistes are gorgeous, the weather is always beautiful, a vibrant nightlife.. A wonderful small resort.

  • January 20, 2006
    adamos papadamou from Cyprus

    I've been coming to Faraya every year. It is a great resort with very friendly people and very qood slopes for all levels. The accomodation is also very good and very nice food. See you on 15th of February.

  • January 07, 2006
    Pierre from Belgium

    Great solpes,friendly people,breathtaking views,JUST WONDERFUL.

  • January 05, 2006
    stathis from Greece

    I have been in faraya last year, it is a beautiful resort with a magnificient view.But there is a lot of problems the quality of snow is bad, the people are unfriendly and tha lifts are old. Although i had a great time but i wouldn't recommend it.

  • December 26, 2005
    Julein Courbet from Lebanon

    Faraya is a great ski resort!!!
    With exellent slopes, great accomodation facilities and wonderful Apres-Ski entertainments.


  • tofaridou skevi from Cyprus

    Its been 4 years now that we have been going there with my family every February. It's a wonderful resort, great people, snow and night life (especially for food). For whoever loves skiing; I really recommend it! See you there! 2008!