A Skier’s Journey: exploring Iran with skis

“Should we go?” Jordan Manley, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide, indeed, they should. Upon arriving in Iran, they are welcomed with profound warmth, stunned by the immense beauty of the landscape and culture.

Jordan Manley’s iconic ‘A Skier’s Journey’ web series returns, exploring the stunning mountains and unique cultural intricacies of beautiful Iran, from Tehran to the ski resorts of Dizin, Shemshak, and Darbansar.

With a more cultural twist than Manley’s previously backcountry-dominated film projects, the episode delves into complex and controversial topics like male/female segregation on and off the slopes, and the issue of apres ski in a conservative Islamic country. In Manley’s own words: “Every Iranian has their own private world; each day is a series of seamless movements back and forth fluidly between public and private lives.”

Iran: A Skier’s Journey

“Should we go?” Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide, indeed, they should. Upon arriving in Iran, they are welcomed with profound warmth, stunned by the immense beauty of the landscape and culture. Threaded through Tehran’s bustling bazaars to Isfahan’s dazzling mosques, the two skiers get a glimpse at the complex dichotomy that divides public and private lives in Iran.

Coming four years after the last episode, this is the final series of A Skiers Journey, but it is especially meaningful to Manley: in 2014 he sustained horrific head injuries in a mountain bike crash, with a concussion serious enough to essentially put his life on hold for a year. Ten months after that, he hit his head again.

We’re ecstatic to see Manley back in action and fully recovered from his accident, and can’t wait to see the rest of the series, and indeed what he comes up with next.

 

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