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Visitor reviews for Mount Hermon Ski Resort
February 15, 2017
Miri Bneram from Israel
I am a ski snob. German by birth, I began skiing and walking about the same time. I have lived and skied around the world. Having immigrated to Israel approx. 5 years ago, I vowed to go at least once just to get my non-skiing spouse into the snow. We went in January, staying in Newe Ativ overnight where we rented equipment and purchased lift and parking passes. The staff was friendly and efficient and I did not find the prices extraordinary. If you want to ski cheap- do X-Country, ok? There's even a Beit Knesset on premises. We had a fantastic time. The lines were not long at all. The diversity of people and cultures was heartening. Druze, Satmars, handicapped, just to name a few of the groups represented. It's a great family-oriented place, with many coming not to ski, but bringing their various snacks and gear (think beach-like) just to enjoy some fun in the snow. There is rental and pro shop on premises as well as ski school, snack bars, sled runs, and a "roller coaster" type thing. The slopes are well maintained in that as little snow as there was, is was still quite skiable without exposed rock, grass, or ice. The runs are of adequate length to justify the lift time, and breaking trail seems allowed. The further back areas have fantastic views and great variety. It was great value and I can't wait to take my grandchildren there.
Mount Hermon Ratings
Overall: 2.4. Based on 28 votes and 11 reviews. Vote
(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 Mount Hermon.
Public Transport: 2.4
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mount Hermon, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Mount Hermon, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mount Hermon.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.0
(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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Mount Hermon, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(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) Mount Hermon is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Mount Hermon relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 2.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Mount Hermon, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mount Hermon are groomed daily.
(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) Mount Hermon is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mount Hermon, 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: 3.2
(1) Mount Hermon 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: 2.8
(1) The staff at Mount Hermon are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Hermon are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(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: 2.8
(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: 3.0
(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: 2.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mount Hermon has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Mount Hermon, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 1.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Mount Hermon, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(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.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mount Hermon, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mount Hermon has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.5
(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.
(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.
(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: 1.7
(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.
(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: 1.8
(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: 1.7
(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): 2.2
(1) Overall, Mount Hermon 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): 1.8
(1) Overall, Mount Hermon 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.
December 31, 2016
Hezi Bagar from Israel
Worst ski resort that you can find if you can call it a resort. Cable cars are slower than walking backwards and the pistes are narrow. Be careful since the lifts ain't slowing down at the top so you might get the charge slammed at your head.
Worst value for money, costs more than the extended 3 Valees in France; hilarious.
March 17, 2012
Adam G from United States
I recently visited the Hermon and was absolutely blown away, considering all the "that place is a bunny hill" remarks I was told about the place. I'm an expert skier from New Jersey, who pretty much skied everything on the east coast, to the gnarliest chutes and trees in Utah and Colorado, so you can trust me on this review. If you know where to look and don't mind traversing a little, you can find anything from 45 degree chutes and fun little tree shots, to small cliffs, to high speed groomers. Just about all off-piste skiing is inbounds, and will all lead you down to a lift. I could imagine on a powder day this place being amazing, but even on a soft snow day this mountain rocks. The scenery and views from the peak are stunning, and are are something different from other scenic mountains you've probably seen. The only cons are really slow lifts and not as much vertical as you would get at most of the bigger mountains in the states, as well as heavy traffic on the road leading to the mountain if you're travelling after 9:00 (so try and get there before 8:30 am). Other than that, this place is a must if your visiting the holy land, where you can have lots and lots of fun.
March 12, 2012
Frank W from United States
Not the Alps but very good skiing, on par with, say, the best ski areas of Southern California. The season is sometimes rather limited, though, so it is important to check conditions before going up...
February 15, 2012
Alonbalon from Israel
I never tend to write reviews for things online but I felt it my duty to tell people that might read this how amazing Mt Hermon really is. As a New Jersey native I had the honors of shredding almost every spot the American east coast (Creek being my base) has to offer--and I can say with a clear conscience free of prejudice that:
1. In terms of views and scenery Hermon is 2nd only to maybe Vermont (Killington, Stowe, Okemo, snow...) but again that depends on taste.
2. The backcountry/freeride/off-piste whatever you want to call it is phenomenal/nearly/premo status (along with the scenery) on a powder day and also very accessible.
3. The runs are decent and a little too narrow but are actually longer than most runs I've encountered in the us east coast (excluding Vermont)
4. They should really think about setting up a mini park for Israelis that can really shred who do come there all steezed out and everything.
January 25, 2012
Naomi r Wall from United States
Unfortunately, I can only say very negative words about the running of and owning Mt. Hermon Ski Area.
Stay away from them and the mountain. My advice, don't go there, don't let them tyrannise you.
I invested a lot of money in 1969 and established a very professional ski school and rental shop there. Was ski Instructor in the USA 10 yrs until Neve Ativ came forcibly into the pictures. Safety was no concern to them at all.
You can ski in Europe for a week cheaper and better than on Mt Hermon.
Ask me where, I shall be glad to tell you.
[note from the editor: this post has been edited in the attempt to remain relevant to services at ski field]
January 19, 2012
Alan Edelstein from United States
I skied Mt. Hermon yesterday for the first time. I expected a very small resort with little if any challenge. While Mt. Hermon is not Vail or Whistler, you can certainly have a great day of skiing. Coverage was fine and everything was open in the morning. Fog came in in the afternoon, visibility was almost zero up top, so they closed some areas. During the week the crowds are not bad at all. There is some really fun off-piste skiing, particularly if you go off to the left or the right from the main area. Because most Israelis who ski don't ski that much, the more advanced areas were largely empty. While the chairs are old doubles and slow, everything worked well and the resort was well-run. All in all, a great day with some terrific views.
February 10, 2007
debi from Israel
On Wednesday I went skiing at the Hermon, on Thursday I went to the beach in Tel Aviv, and on Saturday we were at the Dead Sea - cant beat that for versitility! But seriously - if you catch the Hermon on a day after it has snowed it is great - they have some really fun off-piste runs (which in Israel means it's pretty much a regular run:-) the chairs are very, very slow, and if they are not open, the lines can get very long - and of course you have to push. I love going up for the day (two days max!)
March 15, 2006
James Goldstein from United Kingdom
Mt Hermon is a fantastic place to ski and definitely worth a visit if you are in Israel during the winter months. The off -piste is really accessable and fun and the slopes are suitable for all levels. Its an amazing experience to be skiing or snowboarding in Israel, a place so often associated with deserts and sunny beaches. The near by Moshav of Neve Ativ looks just like a Swiss alpine village and is the best place to stay.