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A winter wonderland atop Mount Hermon

This scenic skiing paradise can be enjoyed for a few weeks in the peak of winter in Israel.


December 27, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A man walks dragging a tube up a slope at the Mount Hermon ski resort, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.A man walks dragging a tube up a slope at the Mount Hermon ski resort, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.Photo: JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images
December 27, 2016 | Latest Photo

For a short time at the peak of winter – usually between January and March – a portion of the Mount Hermon nature reserve turns into a ski resort, letting nature and ski enthusiasts enjoy the slopes, some of which reach about 6,800 feet high. In peak season, more than 12,000 people can be found on the mountain each day.

And if you're a resident of the Mediterranean region and understandably haven't had much experience with snow or skis, fear not – Mount Hermon also runs a ski school.

On this recent sunny December day, patrons decided to take advantage of the resort's tubing offerings, piling into the rafts with selfie sticks and smartphones in tow.

People ride a raft down a slope at the Mount Hermon ski resort, in the Israeli-occupied Golan HeightsHow many phones does it take to capture the perfect snowtubing selfie? (Photo: JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images)

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