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Which Country Is It?

And the answer is: Iran. Those pictures are from the Dizin ski resort north of Tehran. One of the engineers in my group came back from the holidays and told us that the Tehran Airport had been closed for 3 days due to snow. He also forwarded those pictures, which are almost certainly atypical of the U.S. image of Iran.

The initial answers confirmed that: Answers of Norway, UK, Canada, Russia. But it wasn’t long before the right answer popped up. Officially, the first mention of Iran was by “Ben”, and then “Hawkshaw” suggested that it could be Dizin. “KingofKaty” matter of factly stated that it was Dizin, and then the cat was pretty much out of the bag.

And I must admit that even though I had read about winter weather in Iran before, it didn’t really sink in until I saw those pictures. So, my preconceived notions were challenged as well, which is a reminder to beware of preconceived notions.


Take a guess at which major oil-producing country is shown in the pictures below.

I will post the answer tomorrow.


January 16, 2008 - Posted by | Iran, skiing


  1. UUUmmm. Looks like Mammoth Mtn, CA, but the houses look Swedish. Good luck to that oil-producing country — oil sank below $90 today and is falling like a stone in a sump…look out below…where does it stop?World demand for fossil falling, production of liquids at all-time high….do we see $50? $40?Who knows….

    Comment by Benny "Peak Demand" Cole | January 16, 2008

  2. Chile

    Comment by Britt | January 16, 2008

  3. Got to be Norway.

    Comment by My Name is Oil | January 16, 2008

  4. Norway

    Comment by Doug | January 16, 2008

  5. UK?

    Comment by cta | January 16, 2008

  6. Russia

    Comment by Arnold | January 16, 2008

  7. Iran

    Comment by ben | January 16, 2008

  8. wait a sec….is that canada?!

    Comment by cta | January 16, 2008

  9. My thought was Norway as well.

    Comment by odograph | January 16, 2008

  10. I’m going with Iran, like Ben .

    Comment by jb | January 16, 2008

  11. Ah, my first ever post – and to offer so much ! I’ll agree with Iran, Dizin maybe … Do we win a barrel of Oil .. ? 😉

    Comment by Adam | January 16, 2008

  12. I was going to say UAE thinking you were trying to raise awareness of energy consumption, but I can’t see glass panes in the sky. Considering that UAE does have ski hills (albeit indoors), it really could be anywhere. I’ll go local and guess Canada.

    Comment by coffee17 | January 16, 2008

  13. Judging by the amount of exposed rocks and inexperienced skiers – and RR workplace – I would guess Scotland is the location.If oil hits $40, I shall eat my ski hat, and have my goggles for dessert.

    Comment by bc | January 16, 2008

  14. That’s in Iran — it could be either Dizin or Shemsak.

    Comment by Hawkshaw | January 16, 2008

  15. It’s Dizin, in Iran. I’m not at liberty to tell you how I know that.

    Comment by KingofKaty | January 16, 2008

  16. It has to be someplace dry – there are a few trees (meaning it’s not above treeline), but they only exist in the draws, meaning it’s a semi-arid climate. That pretty much rules out Canada, Scotland, and all of Scandinavia.

    Comment by Anonymous | January 16, 2008

  17. I’m guessing Scotland. We’ve had some good high level snowfall and the ski season is apparently going great guns this year.Andy

    Comment by andytk | January 16, 2008

  18. $40 a barrel?That would still be up 400 percent from 1999, when oil hit $10.How quickly they forget.

    Comment by Benny "Peak Demand" Cole | January 16, 2008

  19. Actually, I retract my last guess. We’ve only got one enclosed gondola lift in Scotland that I know of and the support towers don’t look like that. Plus the first picture doesn’t look like Ben Nevis which is where the only gondola service is located.Andy

    Comment by andytk | January 16, 2008

  20. Hint: read the sign on the ski lodge. It is printed right to left.

    Comment by KingofKaty | January 16, 2008

  21. Norway

    Comment by Anonymous | January 16, 2008

  22. I tried the Kings hint, is that the lunch menu ? Or the third photo looks almost identical : http://www.bestirantravel.com/culture/ski.htmlLooks rather civilised !

    Comment by Adam | January 16, 2008

  23. Kingofkaty said: <>Hint: read the sign on the ski lodge. It is printed right to left.<>Doesn’t that sign say, “Don’t look at any unaccompanied woman or an ayatollah will burn your eyes out?”

    Comment by Hawkshaw | January 16, 2008

  24. Iran

    Comment by mrquark | January 16, 2008

  25. Iran

    Comment by Alex | January 16, 2008

  26. How about an even bigger hint: < HREF="http://www.pbase.com/k_amj/image/73335818" REL="nofollow"> Karaj – Chalous Road <> Can’t fool exif.

    Comment by KingofKaty | January 17, 2008

  27. There is much talk here of alternative energy and transportation, yet it seems the King has been holding out and has access to a time machine ?? Assuming his link is correct … I’m curious Is that a PHETM, Diesel, Solar or ethanol ?

    Comment by Adam | January 17, 2008

  28. Those houses are actually oversized centrifuges. And the snow hides other enrichment facilities. Those dastardly Iranians must be stopped!

    Comment by Anonymous | January 17, 2008

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