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When people think of Iran, they tend to think of the desert, not of ski resorts, but Dizin is Irans top skiing resort. Skiing was first bought to Iran by German engineers who were building the railway in Persia in the 1930s and were impressed by the mountains they saw. Geographically, Iran has two main Alborz and the Zagros Mountain ranges. The snowfall in the north and Alborz Mountains is so dense that has allowed the country to build some of the world's highest ski lifts and slopes in this region and around the capital, Tehran. Ski resorts are well maintained and there have been no accidents in the past twenty years in ski resorts. There are also reliable mountain rescue teams and reliable guides who are usually trained in Austria or Switzerland. Step-by-step ski training courses was offered to the trainees skillful ski trainers and sport lovers as well as those who love and want to spend their time in the beautiful and affricative mountain sites.
Iran has a ski Federation and Iranian athlete often participate in international competitions. All main ski resorts in Iran are administrative by Iran Ski Federation.

For the first time a female athlete from Iran, Farzaneh Rezasoltani, participated in an international cross-country competition, along with the world class champions, having qualified for the Olympic Games in 13 February 2014.

Not only Iran has resort for winter ski, Dizin Ski resort is used for grass skiing and World Cup Skiing Grass is usually held in Iran.
Why Skiing in Iran?
  1. Iran is a vast country with diverse climate so that you can ski in a region and at the same time enjoys a pleasant climate in south and in Islands like Qeshm and Kish in addition to have a cultural, historical tour, too.
  2. The rate of ski tours in Iran is much more reasonable than other country. In other words, regarding this fact that Iran ski resorts are of the good ones in the world with good facilities and one of the best powder skiing in the world. So, the same experience but very cheap.
  3. The things which have made skiing in Iran popular are the High altitude of Iran ski resorts, the long lasting skiing seasons, and its powdery snow has turned Iran into a a popular skiing destination in the middle-east, not only for the local skiers, but also for people from around the world.
When does ski season start in Iran?
The season is from the beginning of November to the end of March.
Famous Iranian ski resorts
Dizin Ski Resort Guide
Built in 1969, Dizin resort is situated just north of Tehran in the Alborz Mountains at an altitude of 8,530 feet and is one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world. As was the fashion in some purpose built resorts in Europe in the late 1960s, most of the buildings and purpose built centers at Dizin are made of concrete.
Dizin is the largest ski resort in Iran and is located 123km by road north of Tehran in the Gajereh region. Dizin offers a long season (late November until late May) of high altitude cruising above the tree-line (at 2700m, the base is higher than the summit of most Alpine resorts).

Dizin ski amenities included two hotels, 19 cottages and 5 restaurants, the ski activity in Dizin complex is not confined to winter season.

In 1993 taking the viewpoints of the International Ski Federation into consideration, and with regard to the co-operation of the concerned experts in this field, the cornerstone of Grasski was laid down after a year endeavor, it was opened to public in 1994.

In 1996 the first international Grass ski tournament was held at Dizin in which some famous countries participated, The International Ski Federation representatives while expressing their agreement that these possibilities are suitable and comply with international standards, agreed that the grass ski contests be held in Iran, and thus they handed over the Presidency of the West-Asian Grass ski competitions to Iran. Apart from grass ski there are also other facilities such as tennis courts, heights for mountain climbing, different tracks for cyclists in mountainous region which all in all absorb many champions and sport lovers for competition from all over the world.
Top lift: 3599 m
Vertical drop: 950 m
Bottom Lift: 2649 m
Shemshak Ski Resort Guide
Shemshak is the second largest ski area in Iran after Dizin and came into operation in 1958. The slopes at Shemshak lie at an altitude of 2550m to 3050m above sea level. The resort includes two main slopes each with a chair lift that apex at the top. There are several lifts at Shemshak. There are, also, lighting facilities for night skiing. Shemshak caters for more advanced skiers, while larger Dizin (71km away, by road) is best for beginners and intermediates. The slopes are quite steep and many of the runs are mogul runs.
Top lift:  3049 m
Vertical drop: 500 m
Bottom Lift: 2549 m
Ab Ali Ski Resort Guide
Ab Ali (Āb Alī Ski Area) was the first resort in Iran to install lifts (1932). Located 75km east of Tehran, Ab Ali (Āb Alī Ski Area) is notably different to other Iranian ski resorts on account of the non-skiing interests. These are the thermal springs and the Imam-Zade Hashem Holy Shrine. Skiing at Ab Ali (Āb Alī Ski Area) is from late December to mid-March.
Top lift: 2649 m
Vertical drop: 250 m
Bottom Lift: 2399 m
Darbandsar Ski Resort Guide
Darbandsar is a small ski resort on the slopes of Mt. Seechl, 60km north east of Tehran, on the Shemshak-Dizin road. There are 4 lifts at Darbandsar. The ski season runs from early December until late April. There is good potential for exploring the bare slopes above and around the ski area at Darbandsar .

Top lift: 2649 m
Vertical drop: 250 m
Bottom Lift: 2399 m
Mount Damavand Ski Resort Guide
Mount Damavand in Iran (Islamic Republic of) is a small ski resort with just 0 ski lifts but it does boast a very impressive 1524 metres (5000 feet) of vertical descent. We have no information about the existence of any cross country ski trails at Mount Damavand. The closest airport is at Tehran (Mehrabad Airport) and the transfer time is only 1 hours. The nearest train station to Mount Damavand is at Tehran.
Top lift: 5671 m
Vertical drop: 1524 m
Bottom Lift: 4147 m
Pooladkaf Ski Resort Ski Resort Guide
Pooladkaf is a ski resort in the South of Iran, 90 km from Shiraz, and 15 Km from Sepidan. Elevation of this ski resort is from 2810 to 3231 meters from sea level. There is a gondola lift with length of 2100 m and also surface lifts. Hotel restaurant is under construction, but now it has an small guest house and one resturant with traditional foods and fastfoods and also one coffee shop on the top station of the gondola. In Pooladkaf resort you can enjoy driving snowmobiles and ATVs, and also riding Segways, bikes, horses and pedalo boats. All facilities of this ski resort (except skiing) is open to public in non-ski seasons too. Ski season in Pooladkaf usually starts from first of December to late March and sometimes this period extends to April. Due to considerable precipitation of this region (about 1000 mm in less than 6 months), in some years there is 3 meters of snow at the bottom of resort. Finally, the interesting point about this resort is strong sunshine even in January.
Top lift: 3231 m
Vertical drop: 421 m
Bottom Lift: 2810 m
Sepidan Ski Resort Ski Resort Guide
Sepidan (Tarbiat Badani) ski resort is the most southern ski resort in Iran and Middle East and as a result, benefits from great sunshine even in January. It is located 80 km far from Shiraz and 5 km far from Sepidan. Elevation of this resort (Sepidan Ski Resort) ranges from 2605 to 2655 meters from sea level. It has only one surface lift and food and tea facilities. The ski season in this resort usually starts from late December and finishes in mid-March and sometimes this period extends to late March.
Top lift: 2655 m
Vertical drop: 280 m
Bottom Lift: 2375 m
Tochal Ski Resort Guide
Tochal ski resort can be reached via a four-mile journey by cable car that leaves from the northern suburbs of Tehran (from Velenjak avenue, 10km from the city). It is one of the longest and cheapest cable cars in the world. At 3963m, 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 Dammavand.
Top lift: 3901 m
Vertical drop: 2130 m
Bottom Lift: 1771 m

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