THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

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Pine adventure

Lo­cated in Ham­mana, Pineland Ho­tel and Health Re­sort’s 250,000m2 of lands pro­vides the per­fect set­ting for an adventure week­end. Ride through the pine for­est on horse back, moun­tain bike or AT V, try your hand at archery with views over So­hat Moun­tain or un­wind with a day of fish­ing at a nat­u­ral lake. Pineland can also or­ga­nize hik­ing trips with lo­cal guides through the Metn re­gion. If you want to stay overnight we rec­om­mend Pineland’s caves; cute stone houses of fer­ing a tran­quil es­cape for cou­ples. Pineland, 05 380000, 03 912444, pine-land.com, Ham­mana, Metn

Snow steps

When enough snow falls, the Le­banese moun­tains are a skier’s par­adise, but you can also try your hand at a whole host of out­door pur­suits from snow­shoe­ing to cross-countr y ski­ing. The clos­est ski re­sor t to Beirut is the re­cently ren­o­vated Zaarour Club in Bask­inta, which fea­tures panoramic views from the slopes over Mount San­nine. Ev­ery win­ter, skiers flock to Kfarde­bian’s Mzaar Re­sort. It has prob­a­bly the best fa­cil­i­ties in the countr y and of fers 80km of ski trails and 42 slopes to suit skiers, snow­board­ers and cross-countr y skiers at all lev­els. Faqra Club was founded back in 1974 and its slopes are on a pri­vate es­tate in Kfarde­bian. Sur­rounded by pic­turesque chalets and gar­dens you might be tempted to stay the night at L’au­berge de Faqra (09 300600). Lak­louk’s first ski lif t was con­structed in 1958 and it re­mains the ideal set­ting for cross­coun­try skiers with tree-marked moun­tain plateaus. At 2000m al­ti­tude, The Cedars Re­sort has one of the coun­try’s long­est ski sea­sons and it’s also one of the first. For cross-coun­try skiers it’s hard to beat the scenic views that take in the Cedar For­est.

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