While there are a number of countries that are famous for having spring-like weather all year, there are also some amazing winter with, lots of snow and freezing weather.
For decades, many European countries have been known for best destinations for skiing in the world, however, Iran Ski Tours are now grabbing the attention of ski lovers from all over the globe as well.
Iran as a beautiful country with diverse climates in different regions provides travelers with an unforgettable experience with its breathtaking landscapes in the deserts of the east, dense jungles of the north, and the calm Persian Gulf of the south.
In addition, slopes and snow-covered valleys in the Alborz and Zagros Mountain Ranges contain perfect ski resorts for both amateurs and professional snowboarders and skiers.
Moreover, winter lovers have a number of possibilities to do winter sports in Iran. To do different winter activities, its best to take part in Iran Ski Tours as we have prepared all you need for your ski holidays.
In this post, we are going to talk about the best ski resorts in Iran, and the reasons why you should participate in Iran Ski tours.
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The Best Ski Resorts in Iran
While Iran may not be the first choice and destination for ski lovers, it could be considered as one of the top ten destinations ski season. There are a number of international ski resorts in Iran that offer high-quality service. Some of them are the best in the Middle-East.
Dizin Ski Resort, the most reputable Iran Ski Resorts is easy to enjoy for the professionals while providing its rare services for amateurs. Furthermore, Tochal and Shemshak ski resorts are considered as high-quality resorts located in Tehran Province.
Poolad’kaf is the only ski resort in Iran that is located in the southern part of the country in the vicinity of Shiraz.
Dizin Ski Resort
Going around Tehran, and looking for an adventure activity? Dizin Ski Resort is only one hour's drive from the capital. It is the best, and the largest resorts among all Iran Ski Resorts.
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Many skiers call it the best resort they have ever seen in Iran. It contains 23 resorts with more than 7.5 kilometers terrain covered by ski lifts.
There are also 2 hotels and 5 restaurants around Dizin Ski Resort. Moreover, skiing in Dizin is not limited to the winter and you can enjoy grass skiing, archery, and biking in the fine weather of the summer.
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Shemshak Ski Resort
Shemshak Ski Resort is the second biggest ski resort in Iran. It is just 57 kilometers north of Tehran. It features chairlifts and ski lifts, and powerful LED lamps for skiing at night. The best time for skiing in Shemshak Ski Resort is December to late March.
The resort has facilities such as four restaurants, one of them on the mountain top with a spectacular view of the snow-covered mountains and valleys from there. There are also hotels in Shemshak Ski Resort.
Tochal Ski Resort
Just three Kilometers away from Tajrish Square in the northern part of Tehran, you can reach this resort.
Actually, Tochal is an entertainment complex featuring many entertainment services including a tennis court. You can also enjoy archery, bungee jumping, paintball, hiking, and riding there.
There are ski lifts available for a total of 7500 meters’ terrain which is among the longest terrains among Iran Ski Resorts and also the world.
Tochal Ski Resort has 7 stations. The first of them starts at an elevation of 1900 meters at the end of Velenjak Street. The last station is near the mountain top at an elevation of 3740 meters.
You can stay comfortable at Tochal Hotel which has more than 30 guestrooms. The resort featuring fine amenities including a restaurant, satellite TV, and coffee shop.
Abali Ski Resort
Being the oldest resort among Iran Ski Resorts, Abali Ski Resort is the first resort that has installed ski lift equipment.
You can reach there in less than one hour’s drive from the east of Tehran. Abali Ski Resort is home to many hot water springs. It also features five resorts with ski lifts and suitable terrain.
You can wind down at the end of the day at the restaurants and hotels around the resort. As a suggestion, it’s better not to go there during the weekends, as you may face heavy traffic on the road, and crowds in the resort.
Darbandsar Ski Resort
Another ski resort worth visiting in Tehran is Darbandsar. It is located about 60 kilometers away from Iran’s capital, Tehran. It is equipped with two chairlifts and three bottom lifts. The best time to visit Darbandsar Ski Resort is mid-December to mid-April.
Besides, you can enjoy summer skiing at Taltangeh Valley in the north of Darbandsar. This resort is recognized as an international ski resort by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and has been hosting International League Championships since 2008.
Pooladkaf Ski Resort
Pooladkaf Ski Resort is the only Iran Ski Resort that is in the southeastern part of the country. It is located just 5 Kilometers away from town Sepidan, near Shiraz.
The resort is the best place to get away from the hot summer and enjoy the refreshing weather in the area.
It also offers a variety of activities including skiing, horseback riding, après-ski, hiking, and biking. There are a number of restaurants and hotels available in the region.
Moreover, a smaller resort called Sepidan Ski Resort is nearby.
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Chelgerd Ski Resort
Located at the heart of the Zagros Mountain Range, Chelgerd Ski Resort is one of the most popular resorts in the west of Iran.
You can reach there in less than an hour by driving from Shahr-e Kord. The best time to ski in Chelgerd Ski Resort is late December to late February.
You will enjoy beautiful nature and sunny days during the summer in this resort. Also, there are many attractions in Koohrang including Koohrang Tunnel, Sheikh Ali Khan waterfall, Dimeh Spring, and Chama Cave, a fantastic ice cave.
Sahand Ski Resort
On the northern side of Mount Sahand and 39 kilometers away from Tabriz city, Sahand Ski Resort is a fine place for ski fans.
There are a total of 3 kilometers slopes available for skiing and snowboarding with four lifts. The snow depth reaches 4 meters sometimes, but there is no risk of avalanche.
Usually, the best time for skiing there is from January to mid-March. The snow forecast, however, should be considered.
Reasons to take part in Iran Ski Tour
If you are planning for your next ski tour and wondering where to go, why not Iran? Here are the reasons why we believe anyone should take part in ski tours in Iran.
First of all, about half of the country is covered with mountains in two main ranges of Alborz and Zagros. Believe it or not, Iran ski resorts are among the best ski resorts in the Middle East.
For decades, the valleys and slopes of Alborz and Zagros Mountains have been hosting snowboarders and skiers.
In addition, the costs of skiing in Iran are very cheap. On a daily basis, it costs about 100 to 150 Euros.
Moreover, the high mountains of Alborz and Zagros are covered with snow most of the year.
When is the best time to take a ski tour in Iran?
As a result, Iran ski tours are available from early March until late April. During this period, it's common for people to pick a ski resort for a small trip.
Ski Tours in Iran, near Tehran
There are a number of ski resorts near Tehran, where you can enjoy skiing during winters and the beginning of springs.
- Dizin Ski Resort is the most reputable Ski Resorts in Iran with facilities professionals while providing its rare services for amateurs.
- Shemshak Ski Resort is the second biggest ski resort in Iran. It is just 57 kilometers north of Tehran.
- Tochal Ski Resort, which is the closest resort to the town has 7 stations with ranges of elevation of 1900 meters to 3740 meters above the sea level.
- Abali Ski Resort is the oldest ski resort in Iran which has installed ski lift equipment.
- Darbandsar Ski Resort is located about 60 kilometers away from Iran’s capital, Tehran. It is equipped with two chairlifts and three bottom lifts.
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Ski Tour in the eastern part of Iran
Poolad’kaf Ski Resort is the only Iran Ski Resort that is in the southeastern part of the country. It is located just 5 Kilometers away from town Sepidan, near Shiraz.
Ski Tour in the western part of Iran
Chelgerd Ski Resort is one of the most popular resorts in the west of Iran. You can reach there in less than an hour by driving from Shahr-e Kord.
Ski Tour in the northern part of Iran
Sahand Ski Resort is located in 39 kilometers away from Tabriz City. Sometimes, the snow depth reaches 4 meters. The best time for skiing there is from January to mid-March.
How to Rent Ski Equipment in Iran?
Usually, people have their own equipment for going skies. However, if you prefer to rent, you can easily rent your needed equipment in most of the resorts.
You can find and rent ski clothing, comfortable ski jacket, gloves, snow pants, suitable socks, and goggles in most of the ski resorts.
The cost could be different considering the quality and brand of the equipment (It also depends on the time you rent it, the costs are usually higher on weekends). Well, it won't cost that much if you rent them.
Here in Eavar, we organize every aspect of your Iran ski tours including flights, ground transport, lift passes, accommodation, sightseeing, etc.
We often include optional activities as well. You can contact our travel consultants to plan your upcoming winter trip to Iran.