Clouds clear from a storm that dusted the busy mountain pass from Tehran to Dizin, one of the most popular ski resorts in Iran.
Ayatollah Khomeini, along with five martyrs, welcomed us to the famous (within Iran, anyway) ski resort of Dizin in the Alborz mountain range.
A snowy valley on the Chalus Road from Tehran to Dizin.
The altitude, and snowline, dropped as we descended out of the mountains toward the Caspian Sea.
Another image of the dramatic mountain-scape on the road to Dizin.
A psychadelic rental shop in the town of Shemshak.
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.
Yeah, I got a little tired, they passed me up, no big deal.
Josh Dean lost some steam tooonly mountain man Farshad was inexhaustible. He thought we were a little soft for only skiing in the vicinity of actual resorts.
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.
A cool Farsi sign at Shemshak points you toward the mountain.
Jahandr Kalhor (left), and Mosayeb Poor, a couple of the serious Dizin skiers. Mosayeb competed in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
Josh about to lay down some fresh tracks at Dizin.
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.
Another shot of the mountain road from Dizin to Chalus.