Empty ski lifts are seen in the Faraya resort due to lack of snow in Kfar Zebian, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Like Laqlouq, most of the country's slopes open between Christmas and the New Year, after several winter storms create the necessary 40-centimeter base. Last year, the season was slightly delayed, opening in the second week of January. But ski and tourism businesses said they've never seen a winter like this and estimated more than half of the winter season's business had been lost so far. Saab was the only resort owner to offer any skiing this winter. After Alexa, December's disappointing winter storm, Laqlouq had 60 centimeters of snow and offered a free preseason open ski for two days just before Christmas. Other than New Year's Eve, Laqlouq has been "totally dead," Saab said.Skyline Extreme Sports bases most of its winter trips around harsh winter weather conditions and offers private ski outings – all of which are impossible without the snow.Forecasts for the first two weeks of February predict a few centimeters of snow at the most.
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