Skiing is one of the most attractive recreations in Iran. Iran is famous for its International and high quality ski resorts in the world. Because of placing Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges and also Sabalan and Sahand heights in Iran, a numerous number of ski resorts has been constructed on the slope of these mountains. Up to present, there are thirteen international ski resorts in Iran.
“Dizin” which is placed in northern mountains of Tehran (Gajereh district), is not only the main ski resort in Iran, but also the most authentic one in the Middle East area. It is also the first ski resort in Iran which was approved by the International Ski Federation for holding international official tournaments. It is equipped to three cable cars, two ski lifts, seven dish teleskis and one hammer teleski. Two hotels of “Dizin” and “Gajereh” and also some other residential centers, cottages and restaurants around it are ready to offer services to ski lovers.
After Dizin, “Shemshak” which is placed 57 Km away from north-east Tehran, is the second main ski resort in Iran.
“Tochal” is one of the most popular ski resorts which is located in the heart of “Shemiranat” district, Tehran. Because of high height of Tochal summit, it is covered with snow and so usable in nearly 8 months of the year. From the western slopes of Tochal resort, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of surrounding mountains.
The beautiful city of Sareyn which is located in the slopes of Sabalan Mountain has been popular because of its pleasant climate in summers, natural attractions and also mineral and natural hot water and spas with therapeutic properties.
Annually, lots of foreign and domestic tourists visit this area. At present, “Alvares” which is 24 Km away from Sareyn and is the largest ski resort in Iran in terms of vastity, also attracts lots of tourists interested in winter sports such as skiing to this area. Of advantages of this ski resort is that it is usable even up to mid summers.
Ab-ali, Darbandsar, Shemshak and Khor are the other top ski resorts in Tehran province. Khoshaku, Sahand, Kuhrang, Kakan, Tarik-darreh, Sepidan, Shahmirzad, Chelgard and Pooladkaf are some of the ski resorts located in other provinces of Iran.