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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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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 confi...

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Vorpremiere des Films "Afghan Winter"
25. März 2016, 17 Uhr, Kino Scala, St. Moritz
Anschliessend Apéro in der Bamyan Ski Club Bar
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Und für nächste Woche schon mal dick eintragen: Vorpremiere des Films "Afghan Winter" 25. März 2016, 17 Uhr, Kino Scala, St. Moritz Anschliessend Apéro in der Bamyan Ski Club Bar Wir freuen uns!

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An special thank to our local, ski race material producer . يك تشكر خاص از توليد كننده گان محلي مواد مسابقه اسكي .

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Bamiyan Hosts Its 6th Annual Skiing Championships / بامیانی‌ها ششمین جشنوارۀ اسکی را برگذار کردند

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...better conditions at the women's race!

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...better conditions at the women's race! #voelkl #AfghanSkiChallenge @[105616512806127:274:Bamiyan-Tal]

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نگاهی به رویدادهای اسکی روی برف در افغانستان ، با وجودی که زندگی مردم بسیار سخت میگذرد اما مردمان این کشور در ج...

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What a day! It was a stormy and difficult 6th Afghan Ski Challenge near the village Chapdara. Christoph send us some some impressions from the race.

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What a day! It was a stormy and difficult 6th Afghan Ski Challenge near the village Chapdara. Christoph send us some some impressions from the race. #voelkl #AfghanSkiChallenge #GoPro #stmoritz

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Watch the race start of the 6th Afghan Ski Challenge near the village Chapdara!
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Afghan Ski Challenge added 3 new photos to the album: 6th Afghan Ski Challenge for peace ceremony. ... See MoreSee Less

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Registration for the 6th Afghan Ski Challenge is open from Tuesday, March 1st, until Thursday, March 3rd, 9 am - 4 pm daily in Kolba restaurant in front of Salsal (the big Buddha niche).
Everybody welcome!
به اطلاع عموم ورزش کاران اسکی رسانیده می شود روز سه شنبه و چهار شنبه ثبت نام برای ششمین دور مسابقه اسکی جریان دارد .
آدرس : کاروان سرای سابق (مهمان خانه کلبه )مقابل بودای کلان نزدیک ریاست شهرداری بامیان .
شماره های تماس :۰۷۹۰۸۹۸۶۲۷ و ۰۷۷۵۴۹۰۰۰۳
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The 6th Afghan Ski Challenge will be held from the 4th - 5th of March 2016!

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6th Afghan Ski Challenge training for woman and man in the up coming Mirshah Khoja ski resort @ Chabdara valley

جريان آموزش اسكي براي ششمين دور مسابقات اسكي افغاني و پشرفت آموزش به صورت حرفوي در پيست اسكي نام نهاد ميرشاه خوجه قريه چبدره
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6th Afghan Ski Challenge training for girls and boys in the future Mirshah Khoja ski resort in Chabdara valley - we are getting more professional every day! جريان آموزش اسكي براي ش...

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Blue sky ski jumping training sessions in Chapdara for the brave women skiers!

ترننگ جمپ در قريه چبدره .
دختران اسكي باز بامياني مثل بچه هاي اسكي باز قوي است
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Jump training in Chapdara: Bamyan girls are just as brave as boys. ترننگ جمپ در قريه چبدره . دختران اسكي باز بامياني مثل بچه هاي اسكي باز ق...

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Please support our work for the development of skiing in Afghanistan!
دوستان گرامي !! فعاليت هاي ورزشي اسكي ما در شهر باميان افغانستان از 5سال گذشته بدين سو لازم ديد تا صفحه إيجاد نموده و گوشه از فعاليت هاي خود را از طريق اين صفحه انعكاس دهيم ،پس لطفا مارا باپسنديدن اين صفحه و با به اشتراك گذاشتن اين صفحه همكاري نماييد .
For more information about the Bamyan Ski Club, please check our web page : www.afghanskichallenge.com
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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.