As you might know, Israel is not the coldest country in the world so if you are looking for freezing weather and a lot of snow, this is certainly not the place. Yet, you can still find snow in Israel if you know where to look – and the place you should be looking at is Mountain Hermon.
Mountain Hermon is the highest mountain in Israel and is shared with Syria and Lebanon. It is located in the north of the country (4 hours from Tel Aviv by car), and as mentioned before, gets snow during the winter. This makes it a very popular tourist attraction for locals, my family included.
There are two main ways to spend a day on the Hermon Mountain. Some might choose to spend their day in the snow, building snowmen, throwing snowballs and sliding on sleds. Others, including my family, go there to ski. Our typical day on the Hermon Mount starts at 3:00 am when my father wakes up my siblings and I and we get into the car. After 4 hours of sleeping (or rather trying to sleep), we’re finally there. One of the perks of waking up ridiculously early are that we don’t need to wait in line.
After getting the needed equipment, we go outside to the snow and start skiing. We spend the entire day in the snow, stopping only to eat and drink, and leaving the place only when it closes.
The Hermon might not be the ideal ski site, as it is too small and full with people who believe they can ski and eventually end up lying on the floor in the middle of the way, but it is still extremely fun, and it’s a wonderful way to spend the day with the people you care about. This is the reason why I love Mountain Hermon so much; I get to escape my responsibilities for a bit and spend a day with the people I love, doing something we all enjoy. If that is not good enough, then I do not know what is.
Written by Adi Yakoel
Edited by Aina de Lapparent