Kim Jong-un, Cold and Smoking Alone at the Top of the World

Photo: Rodong Sinmun

The North Korean dictator took a moment for quiet reflection after a busy year of family drama and brutal executions during a visit to his Masik Pass Ski Resort propaganda project:

The lift, analysts say, is a 1970s model and has been ripped off from another resort after European lift sellers canceled North Korea’s pre-order due to sanctions imposed on luxury goods.

Kim touts the ski resort is for the people, but the average wage in the country is less than $100 a month. Admission fee for Masik Pass is $50.

The ski sanctuary is said to have cost about $300 million and untold amounts of bad karma.