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The best ski resorts in Iran

March 9, 2020 3 Comments tour-news

Where are the best ski resorts in Iran?


Because of Iran has four seasons and Alborz and Zagros Mountains is located at there, Iran has much potential for sport tourism .one of them is ski. In this article we want to introduce the most important ski resorts that located in Iran.

  • Dizin Ski Resort

 It is the largest ski resort in Iran and is located in The Alborz mountain range, near north of Tehran, about 70 km. It was established during the 1960s under the region of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Dizin offers a long season (November until May),but the best time with good powder snow is during January and February .Dizn really vast and have great condition. There are two big, famous and popular hotels and one modest warm hostel around Dizin ski resort. You will need very good and professional equipment to ski resort through the mountains of Alborz Mountain Range; you don’t need to worry about anything. There are several ski rentals at and around Dizin Ski resorts that you can easily rent your ski equipment. As for the transportation to Dizin, there is no direct public transport from IKIA Airport or Tehran to Dizin Ski Resort. The first way, that is also the cheap way, is that you go to the West Bus Terminal near Tehran’s Azadi Tower, catch Tehran-Chalus buses and get off at Dizin Resort exit where you’ll have to hitch a 20-min ride to the resort. The second way, that is the relatively expensive but easy way, is that you book your Dizin taxi with Iran Tourists Transportation taxi services.

  • Tochal Ski Resort

  It is located in the Tehran province (Iran) and Tochal is one of the world’s longest gondola lift lines with a length of 7500 m. The project started in 1974 by Bahman Batmanghelidj and associates and has been open to the public since 1978. Tochal ski resort is the fifth highest resort in the world, ensuring a long season from December to at least April and sometimes June. At the summit of the cable car at Tochal there are four ski lifts, two of which stop just short of the summit at 12,800 feet, from where there are magnificent views of Mt Damavand. Go North Tehran in Velenjak district by taxi or a “snapp” (the local “Uber”). Depending on your location in Tehran, price may vary.For public transportation, a regular bus line pass through Velenjak near complex’s entrance.


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  • Shemshak Ski Resort

  Shemshak is the third largest ski area in Iran after Dizin and Darbansar. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Shemshak was a small village lost in the mountain. With the discovery of important coal deposits, the village grew and a road connecting Shemshak to Tehran was built. At the end of the mining operations, the village became a leisure place for rich people. In 1958, Shemshak ski resort was created, offering to the upper class of Tehran a place to learn. After descending the wild slopes of Shemshak ski slopes and being caressed all day by the magic powdery snow, your eyes glitter with amazement at the sight of an ivory white edifice. This is Shemshak Barin Hotel, a stunning work of modern Iranian architecture. Nowadays, Shemshak is still a famous place for Iranian to come relax and have fun! Even-though the resort hasn’t expand since its opening, it is still one of the largest in Iran. Located near the majestic peaks of Alborz mountains, Shemshak Tourist Hotel invites the mountaineers and skiers to shake the fatigue from their limbs by relaxing in the warm comfort of its cozy rooms. After descending the wild slopes of Shemshak ski slopes and being caressed all day by the magic powdery snow, your eyes glitter with amazement at the sight of an ivory white edifice. This is Shemshak Barin Hotel, a stunning work of modern Iranian architecture.

  • Kakan Ski Resort

  It is located in the south-west of Iran. About hundred kilometers north from Shiraz, stands the small ski resort of Kakan. The surrounding area is a heaven for ski touring and there are a plenty of things to do at the spectacular landscape of Kakan village on Dena mount in Zagros mountain range. It is relatively a large resort with 1500m length and 600m width. There aren’t any accommodation facilities to take a rest at the Kakan ski resort. But, you can go back to Yasuj and stay at one of the hotels in the city or stay at Pooladkaf hotel, where located about 40Km away from the Kakan ski resort. The ski season at the Kakan Ski Resort, runs from early December until late March. The ski resort opens to the public all the days of the week in the ski time. If you want to get the Kakan Ski Resort from Yasuj, there is a highway (Yasuj-Eqlid) that passes through the Kakan and takes about 30 minutes. From Shiraz, it takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Shiraz-Yasuj highway.


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  • Alvares Ski Resort

  It is located North-West of Iran, in Ardebil Province. The ski resort  it is situated in the Alvares Summit, which is located 24 kilometers away from the city of Sarein at an altitude of 3,200 meters above sea level. Alvares ski resort is is one of the most famous mountainous areas in the Middle East. The area is well-known for its tough winters, “cool” summers, beautiful landscapes, the quality of its dairy products (butter, doogh, ashe, honey…) and its numerous hot springs. Ardabil hotels are also among the best in Iran and they can provide a great stay for the visitors of the Alvares Ski Resort and also other parts of Ardabil. Finally, to reach the resort, from Ardabil’s provincial center, you can take the Sarab-Ardabil Road all the way towards the Alvares Complex Road which would take approximately 75 minutes. It would cost you roughly 17 dollars with a taxi to make this 53 km trip.

  • AbAli Ski Resort

 It is located 70 km north east of Tehran on Haraz Road. With nice slopes for the beginner and intermediate skiers. Having cool climate in summer offers some non-skiing interests such as hiking, trekking and mountain climbing, and being convenient to the thermal spring water, holy shrine of Imam Zade Hashem, and beautiful Mosha Village with lots of villas, many traditional restaurants and recreational facilities has made this place a touristic zone and appropriate for you to visit. Skiing season varies from December to March. Drive through Haraz Road by coach to reach Ab-Ali Resort after 60 to 80 minutes driving .Consider that Haraz Road is crowded with traffic jams on weekends.


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  • Sepidan Ski Resort

 It is located in 9 km far from poolad kaf ski resort, 80 Km to the north of Shiraz city. The highest height reaches 2655 m.This resort is equipped with ski school, lift, tele ski, tele cabin, restaurant, parking and hotel. The ski season in this resort usually starts from late December and finishes in mid March and sometimes this period extends to late March.

  • Khor Ski Resort

  It is located in the vicinity of the historical village of Khor, 30 kilometers from Karaj city and in proximity of Amir Kabir Dam. The Khor ski track is located at an altitude of 2800m to 3000m above sea level with a vertical drop of 200 m, and snow depth of one to two meters. There are two ski routes in the Khor resort with a length of 1850 m and 350 m, and daily capacity of 1300 skiers. Only the snowboarders who have had an experience of using the ski lift can allow to ski in the resort. There is a Three-bedroom villa with a capacity of eight persons, which is equipped with convenient facilities. The ski season at the Khor Ski Resort, runs from mid-January until March. The ski resort opens to the public only on Monday, Thursday and Friday. In order to reach the Khor Ski Resort, after driving about 15 kilometers on Karaj-Chalous road, by observing the Khuzenkla signpost before the entrance of the dam, you have to take the path to the eastern side. Then, follow the direction to the resort.


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  • Sahand Ski Resort

  It is located in North West of Iran of Mount Sahand. The resort has a ski area with a length of 1200 meter. There are 3 km of slopes available. 4 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 2,915 and 3,295 m. The ski season in this resort depends on the winter precipitation (normally starts from January and it continues until mid March). The road to the resort is well maintained. In case of bad weather, the access might be closed. There are no public transportations from Tabriz to Sahand. The best way to get there is definitely by taxi or with your personal car.

  • Darband Sar Resort

 It is located on the Alborz mountain rang about 60 kilometers away from the Iranian capital of Tehran. There is plenty of space for backcountry skiing and acclimatization for extreme ski adventures in the Alborz range. It offers a total of 5 ski lifts and chairlifts, 2 hammers, 1 surface. The ski season runs from early December until late April. The only accessible way is by coach; it takes 60 to 90 minutes driving from Tehran, about 60 km. There is no railway station in the area; the closest railway station is at Tehran. Notice that in winter, after a snow or stone avalanche, Dizin Road may get closed.


Comments (3)


March 2020, 9

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