Skiing in Israel or Iran might not be what you think of if you’ve ever skied the Rocky Mountains in Canada or the Alps in Switzerland, but as people look ahead to the winter, Green Prophet can show Middle East readers that skiers can stay close to home. While you be looking around for cheap ski holidays already online, we can propose some that are cheap, support the local economies in the Middle East and which can reduce your carbon footprint (and flights) as you find the need to ski. And as the effects of global warming set in, you might not be able to access most of these sites in the future as the snow retreats permanently. Here are our Top 5 Middle Eastern ski holidays.
1. Ski Tehran! Tired of the hordes of skiers in Europe? Then heard to Tehran. About an hour from Tehran is Shemshak, located at an altitude of 2,550m. The winter weather there offers perfect skiing: blue skies and fresh powder on the slopes. You can check into hotels right on the slopes.
2. Ski Dubai – our conscience is mixed when we recommend this choice. On one hand it seems incredibly wasteful that a dicty should support an indoor ski slope in the middle of a shopping mall when it’s 40 degrees C outside. On the other hand if the use of this slope satisfies the craving for week-long ski holidays, and their associated flights from the Middle East, the Ski Dubai option sounds like a less-carbon intensive option. Does anyone have the stats on that?
3. Mount Hermon, Israel – Israel’s Mount Hermon up high in the Galilee Region sees a good amount of small. Its medium size runs cater to children and landlocked adults looking to get their ski fix. Villages and cottage industries around the slopes are set up to cater to skiers and includes beds and breakfasts, and home cooking restaurants.
4. Mzaar Lebanon– this is one of six ski resorts in Lebanon, popular among skiers and snowboarders. But Mzaar Resort in Kfar Debian is reporting less and less snow every year. By 2040, Lebanon could lose 40 percent of its snow, which will not only destroy snow-related tourism, but will also have a devastating impact on groundwater aquifers usually replenished with snow melt. Ski while you can.
5. Ski Turkey! You can swim around the left side and lower part of Turkey, you can take hot air balloon rides over it, but come the cold of winter the Middle Eastern country offers some of the region’s most wonderful slopes and beautiful nature for the sport of ski! A quick online search will round up dozens of options not far from Istanbul or Ankara. For Europeans looking something a little different, Turkey is a low-cost, lower footprint alternative than heading to Canada’s great rocky slopes.