Gulmarg Mountain High

With the ski season off to a wonderfully snowy start, European resorts like Meribel, St. Moritz and Val d'Isère are already full to bursting. But if you're ready for some real off-the-beaten-piste action this year, consider our crop of less predictable ski destinations.

LEBANON: There are six resorts, of varying degrees of difficulty, on Mount Lebanon—all within a two-hour drive of Beirut. The best-equipped is Faraya-Mzaar, with 42 slopes, 15 lifts and almost unlimited off-piste potential.

MOROCCO: Oukeimeden boasts Africa's highest ski lift, at 3,261 m. Just 74 km from Marrakech, it has...

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