Iran: A Skier’s Journey


(Wind whispering) Jordan: There are places
you don’t understand, but you go. Along the way,
there are glimpses… (Street din) (Doors thud) …fragments… (Engine revving) (Cheerful yelling) …parts of a whole
we’ll never fully know. ♪ As travellers, we never
see the complete mosaic. ♪ ♪ For every open door, there’s another
with missing keys, light and shadow
we can’t see into. ♪ (Wind whistling) ♪ We are curious visitors
from afar, warmly welcomed
at every stop. Welcome. ♪ Jordan:
Meanwhile, we’re under the watchful eye
of Iran’s Foreign Ministry. ♪ But here,
high in the mountains, it’s as if the blinds
are drawn closed. (Echoing footsteps) (Together but out of synch)
Welcome to Iran. (Giggling) Man:
Come on. (Speaking other language) (In unison)
Welcome to Iran. Welcome to Iran. Welcome to Iran. (Playful chatter) ♪ (Clapping) ♪ (Singing in other language) ♪ (Sina speaks in other language:
translation on screen) ♪ ♪ (Sina speaks in other language:
translation on screen) ♪ ♪ (Sina speaks in other language:
translation on screen) ♪ ♪ (Sina speaks in other language:
translation on screen) ♪ ♪ ♪ (Sina speaks in other language:
translation on screen) ♪ ♪ (Singing in other language) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (Singing fades) Jordan:
After skiing, we’re welcomed by
a group of locals at a traditional
Iranian bath. ♪ The bath is tucked away,
hard to find. It feels somehow like we’ve infiltrated
their private social club where old friends
catch up. A son
washes his father. And there’s a 250-pound man whose job is to serve
a painful massage in the old ways. (Heydar speaks in other
language: translation on screen) ♪ ♪ (Heydar speaks in other
language: translation on screen) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (Chanting in other language) (Chanting continues) (Chanting continues) (Woman speaks in other language:
translation on screen) (Both women speaking over each
in other language) (English translation on screen) ♪ (Second woman speaks in other
language: translation on screen) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Jordan: There’s a joke in Iran
that goes: Woman’s voice:
We used to drink in public and pray in private. Now we pray in public
and drink in private. Jordan: In ski chalets,
hotels and apartments in the mountains
north of Tehran, a familiar scene
plays out. It could be Chamonix,
Whistler or Jackson Hole. A mundane scene elsewhere, but here, it defies the moral
standards of the state beyond its view. Every Iranian has
their own private world. Each day is series
of seamless movements back and forth
fluidly between public
and private lives. They are expert navigators
between worlds. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Young and old,
civil servants, diplomats, self-professed ski bums weave in and out
of the mountains here in a way similar
to their private homes. A place to linger,
to wander, to go fast or slow, to make a turns
where they like. ♪ (Sina speaks in other language:
translation on screen) ♪ ♪ ♪ (Sina speaks in other language:
translation on screen) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Jordan:
When we ski, we all recede into
a solitude of the mountains. That hint, the thrill we see
in another person’s turns, perhaps that’s all
we’ll ever know of their private world. Glimpses
are all we get. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪


83 Responses

  1. Alba Adventures

    October 5, 2016 12:42 am

    Jordan and Arc'teryx – this is amazing. We have many Iranian friends, skiers too! This is being shared with them! Also, great to see that Chad and Forrest are back at it. We were so ready for this.

    The Alba Adventures hope one day to make it to some of these places.

  2. Asmigon

    October 5, 2016 10:06 am

    "Expert navigators between worlds"… feel sad but most accurate statement about Iranians. What a masterpiece! the most artistic film I've ever watched about Iran. best wishes from Tehran, Iran.

  3. Ali Aziz

    October 5, 2016 8:55 pm

    Unfortunately Video is made by west and contains anti İRAN propaganda ! Don't be Fooled !!! Sky and ski just illusion object which used in video to attract people attention….

  4. Strategic Gaming

    October 5, 2016 9:51 pm

    honestly as an iranian i must say you couldn't show Iran uglier than this. where did you go after your ski to the poorest unknown village or what?

  5. Jane Koen van den Heuvel

    October 9, 2016 1:25 pm

    You guys always make the best of film.
    I love it. Thank you !! Made me feel as if I was skiing along.

  6. beneath.the.roses Lucid Dream Journal

    October 10, 2016 4:45 pm

    i don't care for skiing. i also dont care for sports videos. i was not expecting this video to take my breath away like it did. this is an incredibly beautiful piece of art.

  7. gicarver1

    October 10, 2016 7:11 pm

    SO well done! Yes, the video is IN Iran, but it's ABOUT people. The People of Iran? Most certainly. But, also everywhere else! I felt incredibly connected to the Iranian skier just from hearing part of his experience. Drawing that connection into consciousness is powerful. Thank you so much for creating this! It really is beautiful.

  8. Brian Elliott

    October 17, 2016 12:54 pm

    I lived in Tehran as a kid way back in the late 70's. The skiing was always the high point at Dizin and Shemshak, but the Persian culture and food were also fascinating. Great work here. Beautifully shot. Congrats to the team and the brands that supported this effort. It shows that commercial and cultural can be allies – and maybe open spirits about life in other, sometimes closed parts of the world.

  9. StashMediaWorx

    October 19, 2016 12:26 am

    I loved the prayer at 6:40. beautiful work Jordan, been waiting a while for this series to bubble up again! I hope you are well and back into things. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Alex Williams

    October 25, 2016 9:22 am

    I've been skiing for around 15 years and have been to many different places. I went to Iran this year, and it is by far the best place I have been and skied in, the snow, the people, the food, the landscape and the whole experience were all incredible. It is like no where else, very different from the French Alps. If you have a chance to go I would definitely recommend it, Mountain Heaven (a British ski company) does great trips there! Also most of what the western media says is untrue

  11. Amir Hossein Mandegar

    November 1, 2016 11:00 pm

    I am Iranian but I really impressed with your presentation about Iran.
    And thanks Arc'teryx for such an amazing videos which showed the different prospective of skiing which i addicted to, relaxing and meditation and not only jumping and danger. It is funny but it is a reality which ski can calm you down.

  12. silvia mota

    November 28, 2016 8:10 pm

    I was already looking forward for this trip, now I am so curious.
    thanks for the video…
    Cheers from the portuguese in dubai.

  13. Iman Zabihinia

    January 8, 2017 2:07 pm

    Perfect cutting and high quality still love it when watching it keep going or get a movie director. I'm serious 😃

  14. Ultimate Warrior

    January 24, 2017 9:02 pm

    I want to ski here and the hindu kush. Amazing cultures and amazing people. Good work Arc'teryx 🙂

  15. jcvirus1

    February 3, 2017 1:12 pm

    Fabulous short video. Beautiful scenery, expert cinematography, and beautiful pairing with music and footage of everyday life and ordinary people. Wow. Thank you.

  16. Kamil Czyszczoń

    February 15, 2017 6:40 pm

    Going to snowboard Dizin in end of March! This video is so mesmerizing!!It will be Trip of my life!
    Does anyone who have been there can recomend some lowbudget accomodation in Dizin or around?

  17. Strategic Gaming

    February 25, 2017 11:14 pm

    the iranian accent in this video was mostly yazdi, did you go to yazd and to sakhot to ski there? cuz mostly only in yazd the buildings are like that (since it's the second oldest city in the world).

  18. Hirbod Nor

    April 13, 2017 11:43 pm

    Nice video. I hope you provide a version without those people in Yazd and that weird bath. It is not even traditional or common anywhere in Iran. As you said it is probably some weird private club, and do not do anything with ski or Iran. The traditional bath houses are all over Iran and they are not like this, and norms, clothing (called LOUNG) is not what you showed. Probably it is illegal and underground because public baths have restricted regulation from the ministry of health and what you showed is just against all of it. Also, I do not like that you use dark and gloomy filters for people and cities.

  19. AliMassful

    April 18, 2017 5:00 am

    great filming technique! Your view is a bit orientalist though. I feel as though your not allowing the environment to create an impression but rather projecting your own preconceived notions and tangling them up in your interpretations of everything you see there. The whole religious oppression routine is a bit passe. There is room to see beyond that and be surprised.

  20. william wallice

    April 23, 2017 9:09 pm

    Am thinking of coming for a holiday .Last time was back in 99 staid for 2 weeks at my sisters house in Tehran,

  21. Sharp Eyes Photography

    May 10, 2017 8:37 am

    I normally dont comment on clips, man this film is stunning the shots at the start and the commentary. Simply breath taking thank you so much for sharing this

  22. Mehdi Rangchi

    June 18, 2017 5:36 pm

    What an amazing documentary. This truly show the people of Iran and not just the political side that the new shows. This film brought tears to my eyes as I was born in Iran and have not been back in over forty years.

  23. dar rak

    September 26, 2017 2:40 pm

    I remember 30 years ago as teenagers we used to wait for the pistors (aka ski patrol) to go on lunch (for they wouldn't let us, especially more so in Shemshak than Dizin) to stray into the ungroomed backside of the slopes just to feel the sensation of the fresh pwder. Ii broke a pair of skies and a shin along the way, but looking back, it was worth it!

  24. Michael Wherly

    October 16, 2017 9:21 pm

    As someone who had the good luck to live in Iran for some years, I thought this beautfiul film caught many essences of this complex and very lovely people and their culture. Thanks.

  25. Adi Adiani

    December 15, 2017 11:31 am

    Oh , maybe you drink in private and pray in public ! lmfao  But most of Iranians pray in private and public ! Specially Iranian Armed-forces . until then.

  26. Roham Rasai

    February 28, 2018 4:58 pm

    I left Iran as a 7 year old. I remember the times we had to get up very early to drive to Dizin. Man, this video brought tears into my eyes. I havnt been back for 30 years now. Miss you Iran <3

  27. LU LU

    March 24, 2019 12:35 am

    We loved to drink in public and pray in private, but now ,we hate to pray in public and drink in private

  28. Pistenbulcky

    September 24, 2019 8:48 am

    Jordan Manley did a great job visualising this trip.
    I also had the pleasure of going to Iran and experience the wonderful mountains and people.
    Made a short documentary about it focusing on Iranian snowboarder Mona Seraji.

    Would love to ga back.


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