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Monday, 23 December 2013

SKIING > IRAN



After recently returning from a week skiing in Les Arcs and excited by the prospect of spending next winter in Canada (oh I'm living there next year by the way), I've decided to dedicate a post to my love of skiing and where the next go-to destination could be... And I decided on Iran. I'm sure you're all probably shaking your heads in disbelief and muttering 'oh she's finally gone crazy', but the quality of skiing in Iran is one of the country’s best kept secrets. As great as VT and LA are (who doesn't love a beer swishing apr├Ęs), Iran as a skiing destination represents something a little more exotic and fresh for keen skiers and boarders. The Alborz Mountains boast a quiet landscape of snowy peaks, far from the crushing queues and angry locals in the Alps. The resorts themselves are apparently much more Western than one might expect, with Austrian style chalets and house music pumping from outdoor stages, starkly contrasting to the transfer through Tehran.  This is to be expected however, as skiing in these regions is much more available to the small group of wealthy elites. Dizin is one of the largest ski resorts of the area and reviews suggest that the off-piste skiing is some of the best available worldwide, if you're looking for more of a challenge. Other than that, there is a surprising amount and variation of runs for your more average skier, so if you're not into fresh pow off the side of a cliff then you're good to go. Despite gender segregated lift lines and a strict ban on booze (sorry no jagerbombs), dedicated skiers should flock to Iran before everyone else does. 

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