Ski in Iran is actually a common and well-known sport. One important factor that helped the development of this sport was providing standard ski resorts. Lots of ski tours are conducted each year, and thousands of people come to enjoy skiing. The increasing popularity of winter sports has led to an increment of ski resorts quality and quantity. The most famous ski tours in Iran take place in the Alborz Mountain Range. Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran, is part of the Alborz range with an iconic view which is a popular place to visit on its own. Most of the famous Iran ski tour resorts are in the Alborz mountain range which is close to Tehran, the capital. But other populated cities of Iran have ski resorts nearby too. Are you looking for a good ski resort in Iran? Read this article to get more information.
Iran Ski Resorts:
Dizin – The best Ski Resort in Iran
Dizin is the biggest ski resort in Iran and the Middle East. It is the most recognizable resort in Iran which is confirmed by the International Ski Federation. It’s the best place for those who want to experience a perfect and standard ski resort in an Iran Ski tour. Standard slope, length of ski trails, facilities, easy access, etc. make it an international ski resort for all people from professionals to non-experienced. It’s definitely one of the best Iran Ski tour destinations.
Dizin ski resort is located 123 km north of Tehran. The resort has included 4 cable cars, 2 Chairlifts, and 9 ski lifts to help visitors go uphill. There are also various slopes that give an option for backcountry skiing. Also, there are a lot of off-piste places for skiing which are recommended only for more experienced people. The average slope is 25 to 30 degrees but can go higher up to 50 degrees.
Shemshak – The Second Biggest Ski Resort in Iran
Shemshak ski resort is the second biggest ski resort in Iran and is located close to Tehran similar to Dizin. Shemshak ski resort is considered rather a more professional site. The slope of Shemshak ski resort is greater than that of the Dizin but it’s less crowded. Less than a two-hour drive is needed from Tehran to reach Shemshak and enjoy its unique landscape. Although Shemshak is one of the best destinations for Iran ski Tours, unfortunately it is operational for a shorter period of time because of its lower altitude compared with the other ski resorts.
Abali – Oldest ski resort in Iran
Abali ski resort is the oldest ski resort in Iran. It’s located really close to Tehran, just 75 km east of Tehran. In the highest altitude, Abali ski resort is 2650 meter above the sea level. Maybe it’s not comparable to Dizin or Shemshak, but having hot springs, an Imamzade shrine, and very easy access, Abali ski resort can make it to the top of the list of the most popular and crowded places in Iran ski tour destinations.
Tochal ski resort
In the race for being close to Tehran, it’s probably Tochal that wins the title as it’s only 5 kilometers away from Tehran. So it’s not a surprise to see Tochal as an increasingly popular destination in Iran ski tours. On the way to Tochal ski resort, you can have a full view of the city, especially in the evening. Tochal has one of the longest cable car lines in the world with a length of 7.5 km. The cable car is an attraction on its own, which takes about an hour to go from the first station to the 7th and the last one. at the highest point, Tochal ski resort reaches the altitude of 3970 m and is a perfect place to start skiing. Maybe the most remarkable experience would be a clear view of Damavand Mountain from the Tochal mountain summit. And don’t forget, if you’re planning to climb Damavand, Tochal is one of the best places for preparation.
Darbandsar ski resort
Darbandsar ski resort is located 60 km northwest of Tehran. Similar to Shemshak ski resort, Darbandsar is rather challenging and mostly for more experienced people. Darbandsar is rather a low crowded ski resort even during the peak of the skiing season. At the highest point, the resort is 3050 m above sea level. The best time to ski in Darbandsar ski resort is in the middle of December to the middle of April. Proper facilities and new equipment make Darbandsar a suitable Iran ski tour destination.
Pooladkaf ski resort
Pooladkaf ski resort has one major difference with other ski resorts mentioned before. It’s not in Tehran Province. Pooladkaf ski resort is one of the biggest ski resorts in Iran, located in Fars province and 80 km north of Shiraz. Pooladkaf is unique because it’s a four-season resort. the skiing season starts in December to the end of March and April. But in non-skiing seasons, Pooladkaf is still operating and open, therefore it is worth to mark the map if you’re planning for an Iran ski tour. Pooladkaf ski resort is 2850 m above sea level, and if you want to climb to the peak by car cable, you can go up to 3400 m. Pooladkaf has an average slope of 35 degrees and a 3.5 km path to ski.
Sahand ski resort
The last ski resort in the list is Sahand ski resort. Sahand ski resort is located in the northwest of Iran, 39 km southeast of Tabriz (just forty minutes’ drive from the city). Tabriz has a humid continental climate with an average temperature lower than that of the most cities in Iran. It has cold winters, and Sahand, one of the highest peak mountains of Iran is deeply covered in snow during winter and fall. skiing is possible for 3 months of the year. the length of the resort is 1200 m. the skiing season starts in January and ends in March or April, but the piste is operational for 6 months. So if you’re going to the west of Iran, you can make a visit.
Beside these ski resorts, there are lots of more ski resorts in Iran available for those who pick an Iran ski tour. Maybe Iran isn’t most famous for its skiing, but it sure has lots of ski resorts. even if you’re planning to go to Iran during winter for other tourist attractions, it’ll worth your time to have some fun at snowy mountain hills.
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