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Iran Azeri Ski

Iran Azeri Ski

Iran ranks near the top of any adventurous ski tourers wish list.  Historically and culturally a ski trip here in on a par with Greece.  What’s more, like the Greeks the Iranians one meets whilst travelling are universally friendly and most welcoming.

We went to the Azeri north-western part of Iran which has a real ethnic and linguistic mix and is rarely visited by westerners. The Sahand mountains and Iran’s third highest, 4 811m Mt Sabalan are well suited to ski touring though we had difficult snow conditions and a high avalanche risk.  Just look at the photos.  Each mountain shot shows a shallow snow pack, old, cold snow and all heavily windblown.  Care and discipline were required.

Prior to skiing some of us fulfilled a longstanding desire to visit the ancient cities of Esfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis.  We weren’t disappointed.  The magnificent Sheikh Safi od-Din mausoleum in Ardabil where the eponymous carpet originated was the final cultural highlight; or was it the packed offal restaurant for dinner where we did our best with heart, lungs, kidney and tripe?


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