The cold winter season in Bamyan lasts for as long as six months as mountains cover ninety percent of the province, bringing the temperature to at least 37.4 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Back then, no one had touched Bamyan’s mountain slopes. The Hindu Kush mountains, one of the least explored ranges in the world, surround the city and wear magnificent snow caps in the winter.

Bamyan Ski Located in

Koh-e-Baba Mountain Range in the province of Bamyan holds the race. It’s located approximately 180 kilometers west of Kabul, the capital of Central Afghanistan. The course varies from uphill to downhill. It has an overall distance of two to four kilometers and has 600-1200 meters of the overall altitude difference. The lowest point of the course is around 2600 meters, with the highest point being around 3800 meters.

About the Race

The Afghan Ski Challenge is a backcountry ski race, which takes place every spring in Bamyan. 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.

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