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LOCATION

Koh-e-Baba Mountain Range, Bamyan Province, Central Afghanistan, approximately 180km west of the capital Kabul.

COURSE

Uphill, Downhill, Exact course varys. Overall Distance: 2-4 Kilometers, Overall difference in altitude: 600-1200 Meters. Lowest Point: around 2600, Highest Point around 3800.

RULES

No weapons allowed. Everyone starts at the same time. The winner is the first person to cross the finish line having successfully registered at all the check points along the way. Skis and Snow Boards are allowed.

The Afghan Ski Challenge is a backcountry ski race, which takes place every spring in Bamyan Province, Central Afghanistan. The event is organized by the Bamyan Ski Club and open to all. Bamyan is the other, unknown Afghanistan. In the 70ies a famous destination on the hippietrail to India, does Bamyan today welcome travelers back once again.The race in February 2015 included 30 participants from Afghanistan and 20 international competitors from the US, Australia, Norway, Slowenia, Finland, New Zealand, France and the UK.

 

Equipment needed: Skis and skins (and sunprotection!) Snowboarders need snowshoes or a Splitboard.This is a self-sufficient race. All food or water has to be carried by competitors.

Bamyan Ski Club

The Bamyan Ski Club was founded in march 2011 and is based in Zurich, Switzerland. The BSC is a no- profit organization with the aim to promote skiing, tourism and peaceful development in the Bamyan region as well as intercultural exchange. The members of the Bamyan Ski Club include notable personalities representing business, media, gastronomy and tourism.

 

The club activities are supported by commercial sponsors, donations as well as by our very own Après-Ski-Bar, the „Bamyan Ski Club“ (bamyanskiclub.com)  in St. Moritz, Switzerland, which is open to the public from December to April each winter. Already a tradition as well is the „Afghan Ski Challenge at St. Moritz“, a charity ski race, held  at the beginning of each January on the Corvigila.

Current projects of the Bamyan Ski Club include the further development of a ski school and a permanent ski center in Bamyan and the establishment of a ski lift in the Bamyan area. The BSC is also involved in the founding of the Afghan Ski Federation and the professional race training of two Afghan skiiers with the aim of a participation in the Winter Olympic 2018.

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Bamyan with some beautiful fresh snow! ... See MoreSee Less

Snowy Bamyan Golden time for skiing, skating and snowboarding... Photographed by: Latif Azimi

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Great video from DW Deutsche Welle showing the 2015 Afghan Ski Challenge, the ski school participants, and some of the volunteers who help make it all possible! ... See MoreSee Less

In the mountainous province of Bamyan in Afghanistan, something incredible is happening. Whilst other regions grapple with terror attacks and drone strikes, picturesque Bamyan is catering to Afghanist...

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Some of the competitors that participated in a snowy 3rd annual Afghan Ski Challenge, St Moritz! Special thanks to our sponsons SC Alpina St.Moritz and VÖLKL for allowing us to host such an amazing event. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 3rd annual Afghan Ski Challenge, St Moritz! ... See MoreSee Less

And the winner is...Marco Sanelli! Gratulation an den unerschrockenen Sieger der 3. Afghan Ski Challenge in St. Moritz. Die grosse Feier zu Ehren aller tapferen TeilnehmerInnen heute Abend in der Bamy...

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And I would love to come, but unfortunately both finances and logistics just won't make it possible. Have a great time! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Bamyan Ski Club in St Moritz is opening for the season this Friday, December 4th! Come out and help us make this another successful fundraising year ... See MoreSee Less

Kommt vorbei - seid dabei, wenn wir am Freitag & Samstag, 4. & 5. Dezember die Saison einläuten: mit DJ Soultiger und Jack&Juus. Wir freuen uns!

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Bill Kreutz,magst mitfahren :D ... See MoreSee Less

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Afghan Ski Challenge is getting girls of all ages into the mountains and onto the slopes, including four-year-old Muhadesa. Some girls travel hundreds of miles to experience the independence and confidence that the program builds through skiing.

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This year's Telluride Mountainfilm Festival includes a symposium on Afghanistan, with James Robertson Photography as a featured exhibitor. Check the schedule of speakers and watch the live stream of the event here: www.mountainfilm.org/festival/schedule/events/moving-mountains-symposium-afghanistan ... See MoreSee Less

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Another great German language news report from our friends at NDR.de! Even if you don't speak German, the footage from the 2015 Afghan Ski Challenge and Bamyan make this worth watching: ... See MoreSee Less

In der Provinz Bamyan in Afghanistan ist am weitesten weg von den Terror-Anschläge radikaler Islamisten. Seit fünf Jahren passiert in den verschneiten Bergen etwas ganz Besonderes.

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Thank you Bamyan Ski Club for all of your fundraising help this winter! The funds and awareness raised will go a long way to continuing the advancement of skiing in Afghanistan ... See MoreSee Less

DANKE-Apero und offizielle Scheck-Übergabe. Danke an alle Gäste, die den Betrag für die 5. und 6. Afghan Ski Challenge möglich gemacht haben! **Ganz gross!***

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For our Persian speaking friends, here is a very special Mehman-e-Yaar episode featuring the Afghan Ski Challenge with interviews of some of the competitors and organizers! ... See MoreSee Less

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Register

To register for the 6th Afghan Ski Challenge which will be held at the end of February 2016, please get in contact with mail@afghanskichallenge.comA 10-day package-tour from London or Istanbul to Bamyan (inc. guided backcountry skiing in the Ko-e-Baba Mountains, cultural programm in Bamyan and participation in the 6th Afghan Ski Challenge and more) is offered by British tour operator Untamed Borders (untamedborders.com). Registration fee for international competitors is 100 US. For Afghan Nationals, the race is free.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The mountains of Afghanistan are not the Alps nor the Rocky Mountains. There is no mountain rescue service nor avalanche warning systems in place and local medical facilities are basic. Mobile phone service is patchy at best and non existent in the mountains. Although the province of Bamyan is known as one of the safest in Afghanistan, the political situation across the country is far from stable. We strongly advise all participants to arrange insurance before entering the competition and consider suitable personal security measures if desired. All participants take part solely at their own risk.