Afghanistan has only one ski shop and no ski lifts. But if back-to-basics skiing is what you are into, then look no further. Against all probability, Afghanistan is a ski-tourers paradise: snow and mountains in abundance with opportunities only limited by the ability and imagination of the skiers. A recent initiative by a development organisation has trained local ski guides in the Central Bamian region and now ex-pats and foreign workers from Kabul regularly head to the slopes in the winter. Infrastructure is basic, but for those seeking peace in the mountains and a cultural as well as a ski experience, then the January-May ski season will prove perfect..