Earlier this year I was in Dizin skiing. On the one hand, Dizin is emblematic of a lot that’s wrong with the IRI. The lifts are all decades old and frequently break down, it’s owned by giant bonyad, at the halfway lodge a couple of bearded guys in army uniforms stand around like party crashers, and the lift that used to go to the summit lodge is long gone. (You can hike up to the abandoned summit lodge, though, and many of the photos below were taken from its roof.) On the other hand, it’s absolutely beautiful up there and largely undeveloped. When the IRI eventually falls and the West rediscovers Dizin, I hope the new stewards manage to preserve a little bit of that remote and wild feeling.