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Skiing in Iran | Piste Info+ Tours+ Maps
Artin Travel > Blog > Skiing in Iran | Piste Info+ Tours+ Maps

Skiing in Iran: Full Travelers’ Guide



Skiing in Iran officially began in 1946 and is now one of the most appealing parts of what makes Iran a unique destination. The powdery snow, the pristine valleys, slopes suitable for beginners and professionals, and the affordable costs of skiing in Iran all contribute to Iran skiing tours’ fame and popularity.

We’ll soon learn more about everything a tourist who’s interested in Iran skiing needs to know, from where you can rent skiing gear to the top skiing resorts in Iran.

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Iran Top Ski Resorts

Around 20 ski resorts can be found in Iran, mostly in the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges. The pistes closest to Tehran, Iran’s capital, are the best equipped. The ski resorts of Ab-Ali, Dizin, Shemshak, and Darbandsar are all less than 70 kilometers from Tehran. But, let us not forget the most famous skiing resort in Tehran, Tochal.

Tochal is the nearest and most accessible ski resort if you plan on embarking on your Iran skiing tour from Tehran. Tarik Darreh ski resort in Hamedan, Alvares ski resort in Ardabil, and Nesar ski resort in Bijar are also among the lesser crowded and refreshing ski resorts in Iran’s northwestern region. And Pooladkaf (Sepidan), another one of Iran’s most modern ski resorts, is located on the Zagros slopes.

History of Skiing in Iran

Skiing in Iran has a long and rich history, dating back more than 80 years. The Iranian Ski Federation was founded in 1946 (1325), even though skiing trails had already been established in Shemshak before that. In 1953 (1332), the Ab-Ali ski resort was the first to be supplied with mechanical lifts, and today there are seven major ski resorts in Tehran, each with practically everything you need.

What was once thought to be a posh pastime only for the upper crust has become a thrilling sport enjoyed by people of all classes. In addition to the many tourists who visit these slopes every year, there always is a big crowd heading towards the top skiing resorts in Tehran over the holidays.

Darbandsar Skiing Resort

Darbandsar is a tiny private resort on the slopes of Mount Seechal, near Darbandsar Village in the Alborz Mountains, about 40 miles northwest of Tehran. The resort includes a new gondola that provides access to some excellent slopes for both on and off-piste skiing and snowboarding.

It is one of the seven major skiing close to the capital and, after Shemshak, the second most difficult resort in the same region. It boasts a nice range of street food and foodie places both at the top and bottom of the gondola station. Even during the peak of the ski season, the resort is not overcrowded!

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Pooladkaf Skiing Resort

Do you want to try the Zagros Mountain ranges’ pistes? The Pooladkaf ski resort is one of Iran’s renowned resorts of the Zagros range near Shiraz city.

Popular summer activities of this Iran ski resort include mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and grass-skiing.

This skiing resort is of course, well-equipped with skiing gear and lifts that take you up to 2850 meters above sea level.

It might interest adventurous tourists to know that Pooladkaf skiing resort is also famous for backcountry skiing or off-piste skiing in Iran.

This complex is also the fifth largest Iran skiing resort. You can check Pooladkaf’s weather condition here before packing your bag for your skiing tour in Iran.

Dizin Skiing Resort

Dizin is Iran’s largest ski resort, located in the Alborz mountain range to the north of Tehran. It’s around 45 miles north of Tehran, and the trip usually takes two or three hours.

It is one of the top 40 highest ski resorts in the world, with the highest ski lift reaching 3,600 meters. In addition, 18 ski lifts operate in the area, all of which may not work during the less crowded days.

Dizin’s ski season typically runs from December to May, with the dry air providing excellent powder skiing.

You will frequently be able to experience untracked snow because it is quite off the beaten path compared to European resorts.

Combine the untracked powder with the number of sunny days, and you could be in for one of the best ski vacations of your life! Read the CNN article about this piste.

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Tochal Skiing Resort

Tochal ski resort is accessible via a four-mile cable car ride that departs from Tehran’s northern outskirts (from Velenjak Avenue, 10km from the city). It is one of the world’s longest and most affordable skiing places with cable cars.

Tochal ski resort, at 3963 meters, is the world’s fifth-highest skiing piste in Iran and one of the Iran tourist attractions as well. This resort’s heights means a long skiing season, starting from December to at least April and occasionally June.

There are four ski lifts at Tochal’s cable car peak, two of which stop just short of the summit at 12,800 feet, offering spectacular views of Mt Damavand. There’s also a hotel you can book on 3500m height slopes, which is also a ski-in and ski-out hotel.

Where to Buy Skiing Equipment

Skiing in Iran is not only fun and affordable, but also very easy. So easy in fact, that you can book your Iran skiing tour right now, and fly to Iran packing only your essentials and rent the rest! At least one rental “store” can be found in every ski resort. You can also rent inner tubes from old trucks if you aren’t a skier.

You can find the most up-to-date and high-quality gear and equipment in certain parts of Tehran, as well as every other major city in Iran. The cost of renting skis and boots for one day ranges from 60 to 80 euros, depending on where you rent your gear from. Technical clothing can also be rented at any resort.

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Skiing in Iran: FAQ

1. Can I ski in Iran?

Yes, you absolutely can. There are more than 30 skiing resorts in Iran, each of which with something unique to offer. Skiing in Iran is one of the country’s biggest potentials, which is yet to be discovered by many skiing enthusiasts!

2. Is skiing good in Iran?

There are skiing resorts in Zagros and Alborz mountain ranges that are so high the skiing season can even last up to June in them. During the skiing season, the snow quality is powdery and perfect for both on piste and off piste (backcountry) skiing.

3. What are the top skiing resorts in Iran?

The top places you can ski in Iran are mostly located near the capital, Tehran, and include Dizin, Shemshak, Tochal, Pooladkaf (near Shiraz), and Sahand (near Tabriz).

4. How expensive are skiing tours in Iran?

Compared to European countries, skiing in Iran is more affordable with the same quality. The cost of skiing tours in Iran greatly depend on the duration and the comfort level of your choice, but the average cost ranges from 170 to 200 euros.

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