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10 hidden gems for ski enthusiasts

By: Josh Lew on April 1, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
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This country is not the first place that people associate with skiing, but the mountainous northern regions of this Asian nation are filled with possibilities for skiers. Though the infrastructure of Iranian resorts are not quite at European standards, they are certainly useable, with places like Shemshak offering well-groomed slopes and plenty of chances to go off-piste and ski through fresh powder. 

In fact, since local skiers rarely venture off the groomed runs, this is one of the best places for experienced skiers to find un-skied fresh powder. The resort at Dizin, also located in the northern section of Iran, is a more mainstream and slightly more-crowded option.