The Hermon Mountain

The Hermon Mountain in the Golan Heights is the only place in Israel you can ski. This makes it a pretty cool attraction for Israelis. The derivation of the name Hermon comes from a word that means a “holy place”.

A view of the Hermon MountainA view of the Hermon Mountain. Picture by Or Hiltch.

The mountain is actually a group of mountains: partly in Israel and partly in Syria and Lebanon. The highest point of the Israeli Hermon Mount is 2,236 Meters (7,336 Feet), and it is covered with snow during the winter and early spring.

The Hermon is mentioned in the Bible and other ancient scriptures. It is mentioned in the book of Enoch as the place in which the sons of the G-ds will descend to earth to take wives out of the women of the earth (or something along those lines…). The Hermon is also mentioned as the site of the transfiguration of Jesus.

Skiing at the Hermon in IsraelIt may not be Switzerland, but the Hermon in Israel is a pretty good ski resort. Picture by Or Hiltch.

For me, the Hermon is mainly a beautiful part of the Golan and Israel in general, and it stands as a total contrast to the mostly Mediterranean and desert climates in the country. And yes, the skiing is awesome – but only in the winter when the resort is open – so make sure you're in the right season before you go.

The Neve Ativ - nearby village and lodgingNeve Ativ is the nearby village that operates the ski resort. It also has nice lodging for the visitors.

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