Back in the days of the Shah, Iran developed some fairly sophisticated ski resorts. Surprisingly, prisingly, even during the most repressiveressive years that followed the 1978 8 revolution, skiing continued in the country, albeit with sexsegregated regated slopes. Now the atmosphere mosphere is markedly more relaxed axed and a fascinating experienceerience for the more adventurousenturous traveller. Mountain untain Heaven’s guided nine-day e-day tours take in the three main n resorts of Dizin, Shemshak, and d Darbandsar. Trips depart on March rch 4 and 12.
From £1,300, through Mountain Heaven (0151 625 1921; mountainheaven. co.uk) including all hotels and breakfasts, half-board in ski resorts, sightseeing, transfers. Extras are flights, lift passes, and meals in cities.
Flying yyingg highg Klaengshollaengsholl Lodge, Iceland
These slopes are not at the altitude of the Canadian Rockies, but the fact that you board the helicopter almost at sea level makes the mountains look nearly as dramatic and the vertical descent of up to 1,350m is similar. The runs are impressive and just as challenging as the Rockies, and the season runs from mid-March to mid-June.