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Something very different (and a bit scary): skiing in the Caucasus Mountains.

 Poster: A snowHead
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This article just posted by the US magazine 'Ski' provides a rare and very insightful picture of skiing in one of the most troubled but fascinating ski areas in the world - the Caucasus (where Austrians were once involved in developing ski lifts and accommodation) and the resort of Krasnaya Polyana.

The writer, Steve Friedman, endures a 3-hour Aeroflot flight from Moscow and says:

"I do all of that, because if Putin ever succeeds in pumping a reported $1 billion into the area, building new hotels, carving new runs, installing high-speed chairlifts and gondolas and otherwise making the area less like Dogpatch with snow and more like Zermatt, I want to be able to say that I skied here when. That I roamed the mountain when pigs roamed the streets."

Click here for the article.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
What a great article.

Dare I say it sort of reminded me of Bulgaria???
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Excellent read. I hope for his sake that he used a nom de plume. No one will go anywhere near the place after that!
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It's actually really sad to see yet another pocket of the globe torn apart by civil war. The guy who fixes my washing machine (of all people) comes from that part of the world and gave me some advice about flying from Germany to Tblisi to ski the Caucasus, but that was during a period of relative stability.

This isn't a million miles from where the hundreds of kids and parents were killed in the school of Beslan.
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