New York Times com: For Ski Break Without Crowds (or Rebels), an Afghan Town Beckons — By ROD NORDLAND

James Robertson of Britain, at left, and Afghans prepared to go skiing last month in Bamian. Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

BAMIAN, Afghanistan — It will be a long time before anyone calls this mountain town a tourist trap, especially at 9,000 feet when lows in the winter can plunge to 20 degrees below zero.

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The nascent ski industry has been promoted heavily by the international Aga Khan Foundation’s Development Network as one of its many Afghan projects. The foundation thought that to build a tourist industry in this remote place, it made sense to make it all-season to promote year-round jobs.

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