I am obsessed with Afghanistan. It is a beautiful country full of people who are world-renowned for their hospitality. Unfortunately a few bastard terrorists are ruining the public image of this once normal country and forcing even proud, honest Afghans to reluctantly flee their homeland. Ever seen photos of Kabul in the 1960’s? It looked like a normal Western city, full of international university students, businessmen, travelers and hippie backpackers, free-thinking idealists, and oh my! even women walking around in skirts!
Photos © Dr Bill Podlich — see more here
Although Kabul, the country’s capital, is still rife with suicide bombers during the summertime, west of Kabul lies the safe and untouched magical winter wonderland of Bamyan. Back in the 1960’s Bamyan was part of the Central Asia hippie trail and a popular stop with travelers en route to India.
Nowadays the province is still a popular skiing destination every winter and home to Bamyan Ski Club. Every year they host the Afghan Ski Challenge and 2017 is the 7th one. Skiers from around the world flock to the mountains here to ski alongside Afghan’s best.
Imagine skiing down these pristine Afghan slopes
More Aerial Afghanistan Photos
The 7th Annual Afghan Ski Challenge takes places on March 3rd, 2017.
Along with a friend from Kabul, I hope to be able to take part in this years ski challenge. But will I be able to? Not 100% sure. I’m currently in Scandinavia on a project and have two other potential gigs scheduled for late February and early March that are still in negotiation. I contacted Untamed Borders in the hopes of coming to a mutually beneficial relationship but they politely told me that they do not offer any media discounts, and that the price remains firmly set at $2,750 USD.
However if I fly into Afghanistan and arrange everything myself then entry into the Bamyan Ski Challenge is only $100 USD.
Schedule permitting, this will be how I do it. (Never been one for group tours anyway.)
“All I want to know now is….who’s coming with me?!”
Would you go skiing in Afghanistan?
If you still think Afghanistan is a scary place, I urge you to follow my friend @Afghanistan_You_Never_See to glimpse the REAL Afghanistan 😀