February 21, 2016

IT'S A TRADE DEAL:

'I feel freer here' - high times on Iran's ski slopes (Arron Merat, 21 February 2016, The Guardian)

I picked Dizin for a day trip from Tehran in early December: a taxi takes about 90 minutes. Ali, a guide from new operator Toiran helped sort out equipment hire (just £8 a day) and a lift pass for £6. I yo-yoed up and down the French-built chairlifts and gondolas a few times and covered a good chunk of the ski area's nine wide, long, rolling runs and powdery bowls, full of fantastic dry snow.

Men and women are segregated on the lifts but unite at the top and can share food and tiny tumblers of tea in the few cafes and restaurants.

Up here the Islamic dress code strictly enforced in Tehran is casually relaxed. I saw peroxide-blonde hair pouring from under woolly hats and forearms scandalously uncovered.

"Sometimes the gaste-ershad [morality police] come up here, but most are bad skiers so we can escape them," said Soriah, from Tehran. At the foot of the slopes, she and her friends were drinking cans of non-alcoholic beer and smoking stubby Iranian-made Bahman cigarettes.

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