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Iranan tour

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.

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