Meet Nabil Salameh: The Lebanese Ski Champion & Designer of Mzaar Ski Slopes

I had shared a submit earlier final week about “Piste Nabil” at Mzaar and the explanation behind its naming, and one of many weblog’s readers (Thanks Lesly!) was form sufficient to ship me the actual story and a few thrilling data on Nabil Salameh, the Lebanese ski champion and the designer and technician of Mzaar Ski Slopes.

Nabil Salameh is a Lebanese Ski champion who was born in 1938 in Faraya and who represented Lebanon in a number of ski championships overseas, together with Switzerland, France, Spain & Austria. In 1960, the primary chairlift was imported from Switzerland to be put in in Mzaar after getting the approval from Sheikh Salim El Khazen who was the principal shareholder and the person with the imaginative and prescient.

Within the Sixties, the Mzaar ski slopes began to increase with the assistance of European (primarily Swiss) technicians that got here to look at the world, present consultancy, and set up the chairlifts of the slopes we all know right now. Again then, Nabil labored with the European technicians to design the slopes. Someplace between 1968 and 1970 and after the European technicians left, Nabil accomplished the design and set up of the chairlifts of Jonction and Piste Nabil.

After doing so, he requested Joseph Abdo El-Khoury, who was a shareholder and who financed Mzaar and later turned the corporate chairman and Common Supervisor, what lets name these slopes? To which El-Khoury replied and stated we’ll identify one after you. And that’s how we bought “Piste Nabil”.

Lesly was form sufficient to share few unique footage she bought from Nabil’s son that I’m sharing under. I realized Nabil handed away sadly final yr, however his legacy and excellent work will dwell on for a lot of generations to return.

Nabil at Arz (he’s the one carrying the white buttoned shirt). He additionally labored with Cedars Ski Resort on the aspect (every time they requested his assist).
Inauguration of Piste Nabil
Inauguration of Piste Nabil

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