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Tips and tricks: Your guideline for a day on the slopes

KFAR DEBIAN, Lebanon: To mark the start of Lebanon’s ski season, here are some tips for perfecting your ski look in Mzaar Kfar Debian slopes. From renting the right equipment to booking a private instructor or investing in stylish winter pieces, we’re here to make sure you look just as ski smart on the slopes as off them.

Heading up the winding roads of Faraya is tricky – and not just because of the slippery ice. There are dozens of sports shops sprawled along the way, and even more around the Kfar Debian ski center, boasting the latest rental equipment and go-to deals. This excess supply makes it hard for locals not to get hustled during the busy winter season.

Our rule of thumb: choose to rent your equipment from a sports shop on the way up, rather than near the slopes.

They usually offer better deals since ski, snowboard and boot equipment rental is pretty standard in the area.

Le Marathon is one such unassuming sports store that offers daylong ski rentals at LL10,000 for regulars and LL20,000 for those who prefer newer styles. Boots are rented separately at LL5,000. Snowboards and bobsleds are each available for rent at LL15,000.

Other shops on the way up to the Faraya village leading you to the ski resort include Rossignol, La Maison du Ski, Mike Sport, Sports Experts and Sport Village.

Due to their proximity to the slopes, full ski or snowboard equipment rental stores near the Mzaar Kfar Debian ski center charge an average $10 to $40 per day for ski rentals depending on their condition, prices include rental of boots and sticks. Snowboards are available at $15. Waterproof jumpsuits can also be rented for approximately $15 per day at these stores.

Pic Blanc on the slopes in the ski center sells winter accessories such as moon boots and waterproof gloves at LL75,000 and hats at LL40,000.

If you are looking for a winter investment rather than a rental, sports chains such as Mike Sport or La Maison du Ski are a good place to start looking for durable pieces such as The North Face jackets and fur-lined hats.

Snowmobiling is also a popular activity at the Mzaar Kfar Debian areas since there exist several tracks for people to ride on and most skidoo operators such as Can-Am or BRP offer the latest models.

At the Mzaar ski resort you can also book a private instructor who can either teach you the ropes as a beginner, or help you improve your skills and discover hidden tracks off-piste. Private lessons cost $110 for three hours, or $200 for a full day (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and are suitable for ages 5 and above.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 13, 2016, on page 2.

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