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Yesterday we set out for a fun day on the slopes.

Thankfully, when we reached the peaks at Faraya, the lifts were running smoothly:
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And the mountains were blanketed:
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But, as usual, we had some unexpected visitors:

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Ruining that perfect shot:

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Crisscrossing over the skies

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And down toward the slopes:

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Looping and looping:

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Letting us know they were there:

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At one point, it seemed there were trying to entertain us with shapes:

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But I have seen this air show before. And it’s not the kind you want to attend or choose to attend.

These are Israeli fighter aircraft routinely violating Lebanon’s airspace–an air show of intimidation if you will.

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We see it so often in Beirut–I’ve posted about them before. Last year there wasn’t enough snow for boarding, but we saw them the one day I went in 2013–see pictures here.

It’s as if they are always there. Some years they bomb, some years they don’t. You’re never quite sure when they are armed and when they are not. Would any other country tolerate this?

But the F16s didn’t stop us from having a good day. Here are a couple panorama shots.

That’s Biblical Mount Hermon (Jabal el Shaykh) in the distance:

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This is the view toward North Lebanon (Al Arz) and the Mediterranean is on the far left.
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One word of advice for those heading up this year: Put chains for your tires because the roads are not exactly clear:

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    The photo above was posted on the site “Beirut-ing,” a very popular local events site. The headline: “Snow in March” seemed to be an obvious reference to the very recent and late snowfall of last weekend, when some Lebanese slopes opened for the first time.

    And as you can see “Beirut-ing” has watermarked the photo (above) on the bottom left corner, implying ownership over it. Here’s how the picture looked on the “Beirut-ing” page:

    But nothing could be further from the truth. The picture above does not belong to “Beirut-ing” and was not even shot in Lebanon. It’s from the Sierra Nevada slopes in Spain:

    Worse still, the photo was shot last year, May 2013, as seen in the header above. I found out about this thanks to the comments section on the Beirut-ing site:

    But all this doesn’t seem to bother the Beirut-ing staff or management as the piece has been up for almost a week.

    Plagiarism is a serious issue in Lebanon. I was always shocked to see it so frequently among my students when I taught at university. Sadly the practice is only reinforced when established and popular sites like Beirut-ing and other establishments (like the fake Lebanese Best Buy or 7 Eleven) set an example by seeing no problem at all with claiming someone else’s work as their own.