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When to go

The ski sea­son, dur­ing which the lifts are sup­posed to be open – Mother Na­ture and Al­lah will­ing – runs from late De­cem­ber to mid-march. With er­ratic weather and poor roads sub­ject to avalanches and rock­slides, a lit­tle luck and/or di­vine in­ter­ven­tion is in­dis­pens­able to a suc­cess­ful ski trip here.

How to get there

Uzbek­istan Air­ways and the Rus­sian based Utair of­fer flights, with Turk­ish Air­lines the most well known air­line that flies to Dushanbe.

What to take

Bring all your own gear if pos­si­ble. There is a rental shop in Safed Dara, but that won’t help much if you are off ski tour­ing else­where. In ad­di­tion, the lifts are fre­quently closed and it is highly likely that the rental shop will also close on those oc­ca­sions.

Con­tacts

In Dushanbe, the au­thor and his party stayed at the Ho­tel Lo­tus, www.ho­tel-lo­tustj.com. There some staff speak English and can or­gan­ise taxis, ac­com­mo­da­tion else­where around the coun­try etc. The au­thor also rec­om­mends two of his help­ful in-coun­try ski con­tacts: au­drey­jan­nin@hot­mail.com and martin. ross­mann@black­box.net

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