Ski Resorts of Iran
Iran is a vast country with every corner of it having different weather conditions. Some areas are desert and dry, some humid and mild, and others are mountainous. The two mountains of Alborz and Zagros, with its high peaks, are covered with snow for many days during the year. This weather is perfect for those who are passionate about skiing. Iran’s ski resorts host a large number of ski enthusiasts each year, which come from different cities, or even different countries. Here is a brief introduction to some of these ski resorts.
Tochal Ski Resort
Tochal complex consists of many recreational and sports facilities which are located in the north of Tehran city. Tochal has three different ski pistes. The first piste, 1200 metres long, starts at a height of 3850 meters and ends at the hotel at a height of 3550 metres. There is a chairlift and a surface lift in this complex. Of course, you can use a gondola lift to reach all pistes. There is another piste on the western slope which is 900 metres long, and yet another from station seven to station five which is 5500 metres in length. This resort is one of the first ski resorts in Iran that is covered with snow for a substantial part of the year and can be used in mid-autumn.
Darbandsar Ski Resort
This ski resort, located in Tehran province, is one of the largest in Iran. This is the only ski resort which is equipped with a snowmaking machine. It has also hosted international ski competitions several times. This ski resort has a gondola lift, chairlift, surface lift, restaurant, and a ski school. This area is situated between elevations of about 2600 and 3500 metres.
Abali Ski Resort
Abali is the oldest ski resort in Iran and is located in Tehran province. This complex has five ski pistes, all of which are equipped with a gondola lift and a surface lift. In this complex, there are other amenities such as tennis courts, horseback riding, kite jumping, hotels, restaurants, and medical assistance.
Shemshak Ski Resort
Shemshak International Ski Resort is one of the two main destinations for ski lovers in Tehran and Iran. This resort is one of the international ski resorts with a surface and chair lift. It has floodlights which has made it possible for those who are interested in night skiing. Shemshak night ski resort has had its own special fans for many years. As a matter of interest, night skiing in Iran was first established in Shemshak ski resort.
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