FEEL­ING AD­VEN­TUR­OUS? RAISE A GLASS LIKE THE LOCALS IN THESE FAR-FLUNG RE­SORT DESTINATIONS.

SKI - - FRONT SIDE -

Driv­ing from the snow­capped moun­tains to the green val­leys of Kyr­gyzs­tan, there are plenty of peo­ple on the side of the road sell­ing a cloudy liq­uid in un­marked plas­tic bot­tles. This is Kumis, the fer­mented milk of a mare, and it’s how the locals get a buzz on when vodka is scarce.

When you find yourself on a ski trip in Cen­tral Asia, a sip of Kumis is manda­tory (and prob­a­bly all you can stom­ach). Don’t bother with the re­frig­er­ated ver­sion found at gro­cery stores in Bishkek or Osh; in­stead go for the warm stuff on the side of the road. Just make sure some­one takes your photo be­fore the creamy good­ness hits your lips, and after, when the taste of a horse’s ex­te­rior ar­rives just as the liq­uid slips down your throat.

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