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Defiant young Iranians go skiing, rather than voting

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Disillusioned with politics, young skiers in Iran are heading for lift stations rather than polling stations. On the slopes, strict Islamic laws are being flouted as some girls ski bare-headed, with chairlifts shared by members of the opposite sex.

This report from today's edition of Gulf News Online highlights some daring defiance at the Iranian ski resorts of Shemshak and Dizin.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Shemshak was always considered the place for the youngsters when I lived near there mid 90's. One chair lift and a couple of longish red runs which often had some impressive moguls. The good guys would show off in front of their girl friends.

Dizin as the article says was the old resort built by the Shah pre-revolution. And it shows. How they keep the lifts going is a tribute to improvisation. Nice north facing snow bowl with the bottom at 8,250 ft and the top over 11,000 ft so quite a respectable vertical descent. Average annual depth at the top is 7m.

Being a bigger resort, Dizin attracted the attention of the 'thought police' and was more strictly managed as regards segregated queues etc. But this article indicates things may be easing there too. No way I ever skiied there bare-headed. It was just too cold !! It was never a problem getting a soft drink or a Mars bar even during Ramadan. What Islamic states do and do not permit is often a source of bafflement.
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