The Western range of the Lebanon mountains constitutes the spine of the country. They are snowcapped for much of the year—which is whence Lebanon derives its name, from the Semitic root ibn, the modern laban, which means “white.” The same root has been translated into laban, which means “white” and is what yoghurt is referred to in Lebanon, as well as lebneh, which is similar to crème fraiche.
For a long time, inhabitants of the coastal cities and areas have been accustomed to avoiding the heat and humidity of summer by traveling into the Mount Lebanon range where it remains cooler and dry throughout the season.
Mount Lebanon is a beautiful and varied area. Visitors will find breathtaking landscapes, picturesque traditional villages, and places of worship from all religious communities in Lebanon. The region is also awash with resplendent summer and winter resorts and boasts fantastic restaurants, each with its own subtle twist on the classic traditional cuisine.
The appeal of many summer resorts began to broaden some 50 years ago with the inclusion of many winter sports and activities. Ever since, the snow-covered slopes of some of the higher peaks have been home to first-rate ski resorts that host a variety of winter sports for amateur and professional enthusiasts alike.