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Countries That You Didn’t Know You Could Ski

When it comes to skiing, popular destinations such as Austria, France, and the United States come to mind. However, there are numerous countries worldwide that offer unique and thrilling skiing experiences. From the Himalayas to the Andes, and even in the heart of Africa, these countries offer unexpected skiing opportunities. In this article, we will explore some of the countries that you might not know are great for skiing.

  1. Iran
    Surprised to see Iran on the list? You might not know that Iran has a long history of skiing dating back to the 1930s. Dizin, one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in Iran, is located in the Alborz Mountains north of Tehran. With over 22 ski runs and seven ski lifts, it is a great destination for skiers of all levels.
  2. Morocco
    Yes, you can actually ski in Morocco! Despite its famous desert landscapes, Morocco’s Atlas Mountains offer an excellent skiing experience. Oukaimeden, located just 80 kilometers from Marrakech, is the highest ski resort in Africa and has a variety of runs suitable for skiers of all levels.
  3. Japan
    Japan is often associated with sushi and cherry blossoms, but it is also a great destination for skiing. The northern island of Hokkaido is particularly popular among skiers, offering some of the world’s best powder snow. Niseko, in particular, is a must-visit destination for skiers who love deep powder.
  4. India
    India is not typically known for its skiing, but it does have some great ski destinations. The Himalayas offer some of the world’s most impressive skiing opportunities. Gulmarg, located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is a popular destination for skiers with over 1,300 vertical meters and stunning views.
  5. Turkey
    Turkey is another unexpected skiing destination. With many ski resorts located in the eastern part of the country, home to Mount Ararat, there are plenty of great options to choose from. Erciyes, located near the city of Kayseri, is one of the most popular resorts with over 30 ski runs and other activities.

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