Written by Cory, an international student in the Israel Studies graduate program, class of 2015-2016.
I had the opportunity of visiting the Mount Hermon ski resort in the Golan Heights this past weekend. The Mount Hermon ski resort is located in the south-eastern slopes of Mount Hermon, only a few kilometers away from the Israeli-Syrian border. I was completely taken aback by the beautiful, breathtaking views of Mount Hermon’s mountain expanse across Israel’s northern region.
Mount Hermon is the highest mountain peak in Israel that overlooks Syria and Lebanon. Israel captured the Golan Heights region after the 1967 Six-Day War. This Israeli-controlled area is considered to be a strategic military point for the Israeli Defense Forces.
The resort had its first ski lift installed in 1971 with help from the Jewish Agency for Israel and it began considerable construction of the site after the enactment of the Golan Heights law in 1981. The ski resort is usually only open during peak winter times between January and March, but the natural reserve is open year-round.
The vacation resort was completely packed with Israeli families from all backgrounds who were out to enjoy their weekend. The ski resort offers skiing and snowboarding lessons from beginning to advanced levels. There are several restaurants at the bottom and at the top of the peak. Since this was my first time ever visiting a ski resort, it was quite an exhilarating experience to get on the ski-lift and go up and down the snow-covered mountain slope.
The Golan Heights is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Haifa.