Iran Dizin Ski Resort
The number of internet users who googled the phrase "ski
Iran" hit a new record last month and for good reasons. There are several
great Iranian ski resorts with Dizin Ski Resort
being the biggest and most popular one. Located at the heart of
Alborz Mountains in the north of the capital Tehran, the gondola
takes you to an elevation of 3600m above the see level. And there you can choose between
easy to ride runs or
more challenging black runs for the more experienced amongst you. Covering 470
ha of skiable area and 23 pists to choose from, Dizin offers the best of Iran
skiing experience. This resort is not as big as the huge
Austrian ski resorts, yet it is surprisingly big and you will have a great day
on the slopes. Take a look at Dizin Ski Resort map below to get an impression:
Ski Iran's Alborz Mountains For 5 Month
Depending on the winter,
Dizin snow can be between 2
to 6 meters deap and due to the resort's high altitude, the snow is quite
powdery which is great.
On the weekend, Thursday and Friday (weekend days are different in Iran),
Iranian skiers head out of
Tehran to ski Iran's Alborz mountains. But if you come here in the middle of the week, you pretty much have the resort to yourself.
As for the ski season in Iran, it starts from November 15 and lasts
Dizin Ski Resort Pass and Prices
Opening hours at the resort are usually from 8 am to 4 pm and it is open
every day. Dizin Ski Resort pass is cheaper from Saturday to Wednesday
i.e. 1.060.000 IRR (about 30 $US), but on
Thursdays and Fridays (Iranian weekend) Dizin Ski Resort prices
go up to 1.200.000 IRR (about 34
$US). These prices include a deposit of 70.000 IRR for the tag they
give you to open the gates with. You can return the tag at the end of your trip
or keep it as a souvenir from skiing at Iran ski resorts. If you happen to be there in spring, grass skiing is a big thing. When the snow
melts, people continue skiing on grass. It is a serious sport and even an
international grass skiing competition was held in Dizin Ski Resort a few years
How to Get to the Best of Iranian Ski Resorts; Dizin
Dizin, this best of Iranian ski resorts, is located 130 km outside of Tehran (about
3 hours). The whole region is embraced by Alborz Mountain Range,
but getting there is easy enough!
There are two ways of getting to Dizin Ski Resort. If you are on a budget trip,
choose option1 below which is the cheaper option, but also more complicated.
For the more convenient way of getting to Dizin choose option 2.
Option 1 (cheapest option): Take the local bus from
Tehran West Terminal (next
to Azadi Tower, Azadi Metro Station) heading up north to Chalus Road(Road 59). Buses run
frequently all day and cost you only little money
(around 5 USD). Tell the bus
driver to drop you off at the intersection to Dizin, just after the
village called “Gachsar”. There are English written signs along the road
saying “Dizin Ski Slop” which is not a typo, it’s how they spell it :)
and then comes the tricky part; from there you need to hitch a ride in a local car
that will take you to Dizin Hotel for the remaining 10 km.
Note: Hitchhiking in this area is fairly safe, but never 100% safe.
Therefore, just as in any other country in the world, use your common sense before getting into someone’s car.
Option 2 (most convenient option):
Iran Tourists Transportation Service (IranTTS) offers
private shuttle to the resort. You can book a private shuttle from Imam Khomeini International Airport
or from any hostel or hotel in Tehran. The shuttle takes up to 4 people and the one-way costs are
• 50$US from anywhere in the city of Tehran (price for the shuttle, not per
• 80$US from IKIA Airport (again, price for the shuttle, not per person)
Important: If you bring your own gear (ski, snowboard, poles), there will be an
additional charge of 5$US to transport your equipment. If you bring only your
boots, it is fine. Your boots will go in the trunk. You can also arrange your trip back to Tehran/IKIA Airport through IranTTS.
Costs are as described above.
Renting Ski Equipment at Dizin and Iran Skiing Gears
Don’t worry about bringing your own stuff. You can easily rent your whole
ski equipment here.
Most Dizin rental places have a good selection of carving skies (Fisher, Salomon, Rossignol), and for the more ambitious skiers
there are even Rossignol skies
with 70mm width. Snowboards are also available but with a smaller selection than
Rental places also provide boots, poles, goggles, helmets, pants, jackets and
gloves. Don’t forget to bring your hat and socks, because these they don’t rent. But don’t
worry, there are plenty of Iran skiing shops, from which you could buy a new beanie in case
you need to. The cheapest way to rent equipment is in the village called
Velayat Rud, just
before Dizin slopes. You will find plenty of rental places. There is a cheap and good place just across the street from
in Dizin, about 100m after the village center. Rental places that are
located at the itself are slightly more
expensive. Expect to pay about 5 $US more than in Velayat Rud.
Renting Ski Equipment Prices in Dizin
We can give you a rough idea of the costs (Dec 2016), but prices can change.
A set of ski, boots and poles in Velayat Rud: 500.000 IRR (about 15 $US)
A set of ski, boots and poles at the resort:
700.000 IRR (about 21 $US)
A pair of pants, a jacket, goggles … will cost you about
100.000 IRR (about
3$US) a piece.
In Velayat Rud you can also find original stores of international brands such as
Head, Salomon, Rossignol or Fisher. They sell everything you might need for
skiing (jacket, pants, ski, boots …). Prices are just like in Europe
though, don’t expect any bargains. E.g. a pair of pants will cost you around
Dizin Ski Resort School and Phone Number
Dizin Resort offers a ski school addressing all levels (from beginner to
experienced, or even for ski touring). For more information and prices please
contact Dizin Ski Resort phone number via What's App at 00989353836810.
Dizin Hotels and Restaurants
Along the way to Dizin slopes, and particularly in Velayat Rud you can find
plenty of local shops and convenient stores, where you can stock up on water, fruit, biscuits,
chips,etc. There are also some
restaurants in Dizin to go out for dinner.
Seven Hostel in Dizin, located in Velayat Rud, is the
only available hostel in this
area. It is a cozy place with dormitories for up to 12 people and 3 private
• Dormitory per night: 20 $US
• Double room per night: 45 $US
The hostel offers a free shuttle service to the resort every morning, leaving at
8 am and picking you up again at 3pm to bring you back to the hostel. Velayat Rud
is only 4 km away from Dizin Ski Resort and the shuttle in the morning
takes less than 10 minutes. The hostel is conveniently located in the village and has
a great view of the Alborz Mountains. If you need a rest from skiing, you can enjoy a day exploring
the mountains by foot and meeting local people in the street. Or take a rest in
the backyard of the hostel, sit on the benches there and enjoy the sound of the
river that runs through the yard. To make sure you find the hostel easily, watch out for a green sign with a red
7 on it. From the road follow the stairs down until you see the hostel.
If you are not sure, ask your driver to call the Seven Hostel Tehran at
00989353836810 for directions.
If you go on IranTTS' private shuttle, just relax, the driver will know the
place. If your wallet allows, you can also find more luxurious
hotels in Dizin and for sure our hotel
is the best option right next to the resort. Dizin Hotel prices start from 80 $US per night for a double room.
• There are no official exchange places in the area, so make sure you
your money in Tehran before going to Dizin ski resort. Bring enough Iranian Rials or
you will get stranded without money! And just like in the rest of Iran,
your Master/Visa card is useless (there are no Master/Visa ATMs in Iran).
• With heavy snowfall the road to Dizin might
get blocked and not accessible by
car, until they clear the road. And here in Iran, clearing the road might take
sometimes even a day. Therefore make sure the road is open before you get on the
bus. To check, ask a local person to contact Iran's Roads Info at 141, or
send us an email and we will be happy to let you know about it. If you have an
Iranian number, please write it in the email so that we can call you.
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