Iran: A Skier's Journey

“Should we go?” Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide, indeed, they should.
Iran: A Skier's Journey



Jordan Manley


Jordan Manley


Forrest Coots and Chad Sayers

Running time

13 minutes

Country / Nationality


Our Judges say:

Wonderful, fascinating film about skiing in Iran. Uplifting, beautiful and deeply enjoyable. So much better than the average ski film.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A careful window into Iran through the fall line of its Ski industry.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Cautioned not to travel to Iran, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide to go, regardless. They immediately find comfort in Tehran’s bustling bazaars, Isfahan’s dazzling mosques, and the powder filled slopes of the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges, topping 3000m. It is a culture not easily understood, but profoundly welcoming. As journalist Elaine Sciolino writes, “Iran can be dazzling, and light-filled, a reflection of its complexities; but it can also be cold, confusing, and impenetrable.” Yet they are reminded, as Pico Iyer writes, “to learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.”