Hundreds of people are flocking to Israel’s highest peak, Mt. Hermon, to enjoy the first snowfall of the season.
People are breaking out their sleds and inner tubes, and are building snowmen all over the site after the first winter storm of the season finally hit Israel.
While only three centimeters of snow has stuck to the ground at the base of the mountain, those willing to pay to go up to the top of the mountain via cable car were able to delight in the 25 centimeters of snow which fell there.
One family woke up at 5:30am and made the trip to Israel’s northernmost point all the way from the southern desert city of Beer Sheva.
Yossi and Miri Cohen of Beer Sheva said “this is true fun. The roads were open and there wasn’t the usual traffic which leads up to the Hermon. It’s really fun for the kids, who have never seen snow before.”
“We had snowball fights and now we’re building a snowman,” said their son Moshe, right before he threw a snowball at his father.
However, there still isn’t enough snow to ski on.
Liran Milles said that “there are always people who try to come and ski, even when there isn’t enough snow. WE ask them to put their skis back in their cars. There’s enough snow to enjoy and play in. The conditions will be right for skiing only when we get the next snowfall. We have to remember that we’re only at the beginning of December, and we still have a long winter ahead of us.”