The Skiers from the Village of High Water
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It was 2009 when Au Bala, or High Water, first encountered skiing. A man and woman working for an international development organisation had travelled there - the farthest village up the remote Fuladi Valley in central Afghanistan's Bamiyan Province - in a quest to map the mountains as part of an effort to attract tourists to the province.

The pair gave a demonstration on skis they’d brought along, and ever since, based on the shared memory of that day, and using lengths of timber with plastic strips nailed to the bottom; with nylon webbing, twine or even protruding nails for bindings, the boys of Au Bala have continued to build their own.