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    Skiing Iran

    Clouds clear from a storm that dusted the busy mountain pass from Tehran to Dizin, one of the most popular ski resorts in Iran.

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    Skiing Iran

    Ayatollah Khomeini, along with five martyrs, welcomed us to the famous (within Iran, anyway) ski resort of Dizin in the Alborz mountain range.

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    Skiing Iran

    A snowy valley on the Chalus Road from Tehran to Dizin.

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    Skiing Iran

    The altitude, and snowline, dropped as we descended out of the mountains toward the Caspian Sea.

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    Skiing Iran

    Another image of the dramatic mountain-scape on the road to Dizin.

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    Skiing Iran

    A psychadelic rental shop in the town of Shemshak.

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    Skiing Iran

    We clicked out of our skis and did some climbing at Shemshak. Slightly sketchy avalanche country, but a hell of a lot of fun. This shot is of our mountain guide, Farshad, and Josh.

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    Skiing Iran

    Yeah, I got a little tired, they passed me up, no big deal.

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    Skiing Iran

    Josh Dean lost some steam too—only mountain man Farshad was inexhaustible. He thought we were a little soft for only skiing in the vicinity of actual resorts.

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    Skiing Iran

    A clearing in the Alborz range after a storm passed. Each day we got new snow, and each day we ended up with blue skies— dream conditions.

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    Skiing Iran

    A cool Farsi sign at Shemshak points you toward the mountain.

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    Skiing Iran

    Jahandr Kalhor (left), and Mosayeb Poor, a couple of the serious Dizin skiers. Mosayeb competed in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

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    Skiing Iran

    Josh about to lay down some fresh tracks at Dizin.

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    Skiing Iran

    A bunch of rowdy snowboarders at the fourth resort we sampled, Darbansar, just adjacent to Shemshak. These could have been squaw valley kids for all anyone knew.

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    Skiing Iran

    Another shot of the mountain road from Dizin to Chalus.

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