Skiing in Dizin, Iran
Skiing in Iran is fantastic. A growing number of Scandinavians can attest to this. Pathfinder Travels was the first Swedish travel promoter in Iran, so join us for our 15th season to Dizin. Heaps of powder, big mountains and plenty of carving space lie ahead.
Skiing in Iran is something for the true skiing enthusiast. The skiing is excellent thanks to the very good snow quality and substantial vertical drop. There are two very large mountain ranges in Iran: the Alborz Mountains, which stretch from east to west, and the Zagros Mountains, which run north to south. The Alborz Mountains contain several peaks over 4,000 m, where the highest peak is the volcano Mount Damavand at 5,671 m. Several ski resorts are located in the Alborz Mountains and the largest, Dizin, is about three hours north of Iran’s capital Tehran.
You will visit interesting historical places and come in contact with Iranian traditions and hospitable people.
The groomed area consists mostly of gentle slopes, but within a reasonable distance from the lifts are several bowls and couloirs for those looking for something more challenging. We will stay around the lift system, where the snow conditions are usually very good. Our experienced trail guide will ensure many long powder runs. Don’t miss the great après-ski, tea and water pipe.
We have arranged ski trips to Iran since 2001 and a trip with Pathfinder Travels has much more than just skiing. You will encounter another culture, history and architecture. You will visit interesting historical places and come in contact with Iranian traditions and hospitable people.
The trip day for day
Day 1. Meet up in Tehran
At the airport of Teheran, you meet up with Pathfinder Travels’ tour leader and then transfer up to the mountains. After checking into the hotel, we eat a late dinner and charge our batteries before the following day.
Day 2 – 5. Dizin
After breakfast, we leave for the trails or explore the surrounding ski terrain. Dizin’s piste machines concentrate on the area nearest to the lifts, meaning that there are large areas of easily accessible off-piste skiing to make use of. To increase skiing safety, we also include an avalanche course that mixes theory and practice. Skiing at Dizin is at altitudes between 2,700 and 3,500 metres.
Day 6 – 7. Dizin/Shemshak
When it’s convenient, we’ll go over the nearby resort Shemshak and try the skiing there for a few days. On the morning of day 7, we leave the slopes and head back to Tehran, where we check out the bazaars and the crowds of people. The contrasts are amazing, from the quiet of the mountains to a buzzing city with 12 million inhabitants. Walking around the city is an adventure in itself. We visit, among others, the energy-filled 500-year old bazaar and perhaps a local mosque.
Day 8. Departure Tehran
Early wake-up and transfer to the flight.
Are you more interested in ski touring? Take a look at our combined trip to Iran with lift-accessed off-piste in Dizin and ski touring in the Zagros Mountains outside of Isfahan.