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Skiing in Iran!!!! (2015/10/02)
It seems to those who haven’t been to Iran that this country is flat and consists of vast deserts with the arid hot weather. But in reality, many are surprised to learn that in fact Iran is a land of many climates and geographical characteristics. Stretching in northern Iran is Alborz, a mountain range with its highest peak,Mt. Damavand (5610 M).

The wet and humid climate caused by the Caspian Sea in northern Iran is the reason for the lush green landscapes and dense forests. The desert lands in central Iran and other major mountainous regions have great influence on the weather pattern in that country.

So in winter the climate in the southern regions remains hot enough to swim in the Persian Gulf while it get so cold in northern Iran that snow falls and it is cold enough to ski.

The snowfall in the north is so dense that there are several ski slopes around the capital, Tehran that have been compared to the ski slopes in Europe and North America.

In this report, we will introduce you to several famous ski slopes near Tehran and maybe this could be the ultimate answer to the question that the Iranians are always being asked in North America: “Do you have any snow in Iran??????”


Abali ski resort is located 70 Km north east of Tehran and is the closest ski slope to Mt. Damavand the highest peak in Iran. Abali ski slopes are the birth place of modern skiing and the base of the winter sport in Iran. In 1953 it was the first ski slope in Iran to have installed a mechanical ski lift. This slope is situated at an altitude of 2650 meters, with a vertical drop of 250 meters, it offers very nice slopes for beginners as well as intermediates skiers.

Abali has 9 Ski lifts (one Tele-cabin, 5 Dish tele-skis, 3 Hammer- tele-skis) with the highest lift at 2650 meters. Ski season at this slope varies from December to March with the Snow depth of 1 to 2 meters.


The Dizin Ski complex is situated in the Alborz Mountain just 43 miles north of Tehran and was established in 1969. It is the first ski resort in Iran which has been officially recognized by the International Ski Federation for its capacity in administering official and international competitions. With the high altitude of 3550 meters, Dizin is the 40th highest ski resort in the world. Due to this

high elevation, the ski season in this resort normally begins in November and lasts to the end of May, longer than most European ski resorts. The great powdery snow quality at Dizin makes this resort a rival to many European and Rocky Mountain ski slopes. Dizin has 23 ski runs and the ski lifts include three tele -cabins, two ski lifts, seven dish tele-skis, and one Hammer Tele-ski.


Shemshak ski r resort is only 45 minute drive north east of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range. After Dizin Ski complex, it is the second largest ski area in Iran which came to operation in 1958. Shemshak has two main slopes that lie at an altitude of 2250 to 3050 meters above sea level. The light powder snow at these high elevations and a vertical drop of 500 meters, have made this resort a popular skiing destination with the more experienced and advanced skiers. This ski resort has two ski lifts, three dish teleskis, and two Hammer teleskis.Shemshak resort is operational from December to the end of March and is also equipped with the lighting facilities for night skiing and snowboarding.


Located in the north of Tehran, Tochal ski complex is the closest ski resort to this city. It is accessible by catching a cable car in the northern neighborhoods of Tehran, which makes this ski area a popular place for daytrip skiers. With a vertical climb of 6,063 feet and height of 12,270 feet , the four mile cable car ride from Tehran to Tochal is one of the longest and the highest in the world. It takes 40 minutes to reach the resort from the base station.Tochal is the least developed ski resort around Tehran and offers fewer runs than others. It has five skilifts, 1 cable car, 2 chair lifts, and 2 surface lifts. Even though there is no snowboarding park at the peak,it is a popular resort with snowboarders who make up 30 percent of the skiers. Due to the high altitude of Tochal, the ski season at this resort is longer than any other resorts around Tehran and because of dry weather in this region the snow quality is one the best.

نویسنده : Kiumars Rezvanifar
منبع : www.unknowniran.com