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A ski touring expedition in Afghanistan with two Winter Olympics hopefuls

3 February 2021

A pair of Winter Olympics hopefuls have established a ski club in the mountains of Bamiyan, Afghanistan, where it’s possible to join pioneering ski tours. Supported by the Aga Khan Foundation and Swiss journalist Christoph Zürcher, the pair founded the Bamiyan Ski Club in 2011 – the region’s first and only ski club – with an old caravanserai overlooking the town serving as their headquarters. For equipment, they rely on donations from big ski brands, some of whom sponsor their annual event, the Afghan Ski Challenge. The rest of the winter, the club teaches youngsters the basics on a slope just outside town.