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I fancy myself an adventurous sort. I ate a lengua taco once in Mexico (that’s cow tongue if you didn’t know). It was delish.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I’d have the gonads to go through with a snowboard trip to Iran, but this does look seriously appealing.

According to Iran Ski Tours, Darbandsar is one of seven ski resorts located around the capital of Tehran. The base elevation is 2,620 meters and the top elevation is 3,150 – about the same top elevation as Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and a comparable difference in elevation to Brighton Resort in Utah.


The day depicted in the above CNN special report from last year isn’t exactly a powder day, but for those who 1) had no idea that Iran even got snow, and 2) didn’t think there existed a ski or snowboard community in the country you’d be pretty surprised. I was.

As I said, though, I’m not sure I’d have it in me to book a flight right away. While U.S. State Department travel advisories are notoriously overblown – better safe than sorry, as they say – this one in particular is pretty ominous.

“Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security,” says the most recent advisory. “Iranian authorities have also prevented the departure, in some cases for months, of a number of Iranian-American citizens who traveled to Iran for personal or professional reasons. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel.”

Hmm… Not sure a powder day in Iran is worth getting detained “in some cases for months,” especially when there are so many places to ski and snowboard here in the US. But, who knows? Maybe some day.

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