Eight Climbers and Skiers Killed in Iran Avalanche


Eight skiers and climbers were killed by an avalanche in Iran's Alborz Mountains on a road between popular ski areas Shamshak and Dizzine, reported Iranian and international news agencies today. Rescuers saved another 49 victims, including three foreigners. 

Iran might not immediately conjure images of steep, snowy mountain ranges, but the northern regions are home to some 40 peaks over 13,000 feet. The road where this slide occurred is often closed due to avalanche hazard. 

Kate Siber