Anticipating heavy snowfall, Mt. Hermon ski resort to close after busy weekend

Site’s management blames heavy traffic in Golan on visitors who didn’t prebook passes; meteorological service forecasts cold snap on Sunday

People at the Mount Hermon ski resort in northern Israel, January 17, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)
People at the Mount Hermon ski resort in northern Israel, January 17, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The Mount Hermon ski resort in the Golan Heights announced it will be closed on Sunday and Monday due to “weather conditions,” following a busy weekend at the site.

There was heavy traffic on the roads leading to the resort Saturday, which the site’s management blamed on visitors who wanted to ski without booking a pass in advance.

Thousands visited the site Saturday, before management shuttered the gates at the usual 4 p.m. closing time.

Heavy snowfall is expected in the Golan Heights on Sunday and Monday, according to the Israel Meteorological Service, which also said light snow was possible on the high peaks of northern Israel.

The ski resort said it would update the public on when it expects to reopen in the coming days.

Meanwhile, some 100,000 Israelis flocked to the country’s national parks and nature reserves on Saturday, according to the Parks Authority.

The authority said national parks at Yarkon, Tel Afek, Caesarea, Beit Guvrin, Migdal Tsedek, along with the Banias, Mount Arbel, Ayun nature reserves, were especially crowded.

According to the meteorological service, rain is expected on Sunday in northern Israel and along the coastal plain, accompanied by isolated thunderstorms, with a slight risk of flooding.

It said the rain would gradually spread to central Israel, with heavy winds and colder than usual weather in most parts of the country.

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