INSTRUCTING IN LEBANON?

11. April 2019

 WHY NOT! We spoke to Camil Abou Haidar, manager of Adventure Team ski school and club at Mzaar Ski Resort, Kfardebian in Lebanon. Is skiing in “exotic” countries really that much different than European/ North American skiing?

 

Hello Camil, please introduce yourself, how did you become a ski school & club manager in Mzaar?

It all began with my passion for skiing which started within the family; my uncle Mr. Naji Abou Haidar originally established the ski school in 1999. His love for the sport made me more and more involved. With his guidance in the beginning, we managed to take the club to a whole new level getting more immersed with creating a top of the notch team through trainings and courses.

Moreover, Adventure team cooperates with local and international schools, wishing to provide students with ski training camps, by managing the "Classes De Neige" programs that include snow activities training (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing...).

When do you usually get the first snowfall and when do you end the season?

The season usually begins in mid to end of December and lasts until the end of March. 

How big is Mzaar ski resort – what kind of lifts are there? (T-bars, gondolas, chairlifts?)

With the highest peak being 2,465 meters above sea level, Mzaar Ski Resort covers an area of 88 km of ski runs divided into 3 main domains; Refuge Domain, Jonction Domain and Warde Domain. There is a total of 19 lifts (4 T-Bars & 15 Chair Lifts), ranking between easy, intermediate and difficult levels.

Do you teach mostly children or are there adults who would like to learn how to ski?

80% of our clients are children between 3 and 16 years old; the rest are adults interested in learning this sport with professional instructors.

Do Lebanese elementary schools have a skiing trip in their curriculum?

In fact, this idea is getting more and more cultivated into the curriculum nowadays. School boards are recognizing the importance of such trips where the student goes through a remarkable experience from bonding with his classmates, to taking responsibility for themselves to learn a new sport and practicing it in the correct way.

How affordable is skiing for Lebanese people?

As already known, skiing is a luxury sport; nevertheless, prices in Lebanon are very fair for Lebanese as well as non-Lebanese.
We even offer tailor-made packages that include ski passes, equipment rental, transportation and training.

Which snow sports do you guys teach?

Our club focuses mostly on alpine skiing where we teach our students to ski on different slopes.
Freeride skiing and freestyle are offered upon request with specialized trainers.
Snowboarding is also offered in our program upon request.

How many instructors are there in your ski school?

We have over 70 certified instructors including internationally recognized certifications due to our yearly trainings done abroad.

What would be a typical food that you would eat during a skiing day in Lebanon?

Snacks are the most important during a skiing day in order to keep the students with the highest energy boost during their training.

For lunch, quick meals are usually served; burgers, pizza, chicken or meat sandwiches.

What is the best way of transportation from Europe to Mzaar?

Daily flights are available to Beirut airport from anywhere in Europe.

Transportation via taxi or bus is available through prior booking or you can be picked up upon arrival. We have equipped vehicles with snow chains and snow tires. Mzaar Resort is a one-hour drive from the airport.

Is there anything you would like to say to the rest of the skiing world?

Racers, all mountain riders and powder lovers, are welcome to visit Mzaar Ski Resort. A one hour drive from Beirut will make you experience the beauty of the Lebanese mountains, with panoramic view of the city and the sea. Hotels of all ranges are available in the area. Après ski parties last till morning and the most important thing is that everybody speaks 3 languages (Arabic, French and English) which makes communication easier with tourists.

 

Special thanks to Adventure team sponsors:
KA de Bekich – Real Estates Project
Victoire Insurance
DOMO Hot Chocolate
Origami Academy
The Burger Studio
Jessica Faissal – Dietitian
MYO Clinic – Dana Khlat

 

*Adventure team is searching for experienced instrucors for 18/19!
Registered users of SR can apply HERE.

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