Snow trip to the Golan Heights

By Nili Hess Ashkenazi, Israel

On Friday night, after seeing pictures of snowy Ramat Ha’Golan (The Golan Heights) , we decided that id this Saturday isn’t rainy, we will visit there, and so we did. The weather was wintry but not rainy. We quickly got ourselves together, packed scarves, hats, gloves, and coats, and set out. We ascended to Ramat Ha’ Golan on the road that rises across from Kibbutz Gonen. The higher we went, the more snow we could see, and by Wasset intersection we already saw parked vehicles on the side of the road, and children with their parents playing in the snow.

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

We decided to drive on, and indeed, after a few more miles there was a place on the side of the road with lots of snow and relatively few cars. We got out of the vehicle, threw snow at one another, Roey ate some snow, and we couldn’t stop admiring and photographing the lovely sights we saw: snow covered tree branches, cows grazing in the snow, exposed, snowy fields- sights we are only used to seeing abroad.

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Snow trip in The Golan Heights

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

It was very cold outside and after fifteen minutes of playtime in the snow we got back into the car and continued driving on a side road toward Elrom. Along the way we saw snowmen in different shapes and sizes, families playing in the snow, and people having their picture taken with the lovely views on the background. We stopped again by Kibbutz Elrom. This time we made a ball out of snow and played catch with it. Maayan kept taking pictures and the kids enjoys being in the snow. It was very cold outside and again, we got back in the car and drove on. We passed the outskirts of Odem Forest and continued to be in awe of the snot capped trees and hills.

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

Snow trip in The Golan Heights

The more northward we went, the more snow there was. Roey was very impressed with people who were helping to dog out a car that got stuck in the snow. We went through the town of Buq’ata and continued toward Mas’ade. There we stopped for pitas with Labane cheese and Za’atar, and hot Sahlab (Salep) that was perfect for the cold weather. The town was very picturesque, with its snowy roofs, yards, playgrounds etc. We kept saying ‘wow’ throughout our trip, amazed with the snow. We then drove towards Lake Ram.

Snow trip in The Golan Heights - Lake Ram

Snow trip in The Golan Heights – Lake Ram

Lake Ram is a natural lake, the crater of an extinct volcano that lies between the towns of Mas’ade and Majdal Shams and is nowadays used as water reservoir for irrigation. The observation toward Ram Lake is always beautiful, and in the snow is nothing short of spectacular: the blue water lake is surrounded in snow, and on its other side rises the snowcapped Mount Hermon. After a quick break to take photos and take in the view the kids were already growing tired and didn’t want to leave the car anymore.

Snow trip in The Golan Heights - Majdal Shams

Snow trip in The Golan Heights – Majdal Shams

We then drove to Majdal Shams and from there descended toward the Hula Valley. As we were driving we passed through Neve Ativ, that looked just like a Swiss village in the snow.

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