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.

28 thoughts on “Which Country Is It?”

  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….

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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


  7. $40 a barrel?
    That would still be up 400 percent from 1999, when oil hit $10.
    How quickly they forget.

  8. 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.


  9. 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?”

  10. 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 ?

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

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