Although not generally associated in people's minds with alpine conditions, there are - in fact - incredible skiing opportunities available in Lebanon. Referred to as 'the Switzerland of the Middle East', Mount Lebanon is home to six ski resorts.
The most popular and best-equipped of these is Mzaar Kfardebian, featuring more than 50 miles (80km) of ski tracks, 42 slopes, facilities for snowboarders and snowmobilers, and even - on clear days - views of Beirut stretching out in the distance! Those who are more into scenery should check out Laklouk - with its jagged peaks and cedar-covered terraces; and those who want to feel like they're in Aspen or Vale, should head to the Faqra Club, a private resort established in 1974.
All of Lebanon's ski resorts are eminently accessible from Beirut, and make for a less-trodden alternative to European or American ski vacations. The ski season in Lebanon runs from December to April.