Dizin

DIZIN:

ABOUT SKI REZORT IN DIZIN:

The huge Dizin ski resort which has been established since 1969 is located in the north of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range. The ski season in Dizin also lasts longer than European ski resorts (from Mid November to May) because of its high altitude. It is one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world as the highest ski lift reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft). It includes three tele-cabins, two ski lifts, seven dish tele-skis and one Hammer tele-ski.

It gained its official title for its specific physical and technical features such as the course slope, length of the course and the place where the competitions and races are held, as well as amenities and other recreational facilities.

The ski activity in Dizin complex is not confined to winter. It is also an important grass-ski centre in summer. The first international grass-ski tournament was held at Dizin by the International Ski Federation with participation of some leading countries in skiing in 1996. Dizin boasts summer activities such as grass-skiing, hiking, horse riding and tennis, and a children’s playground.

WHERE TO STAY IN DIZIN:

 

This resort has many comfortable accommodation facilities such as hotels, cottages, chalets, villas, private apartments and local houses, and accommodates thousands of people every year. The facilities in the area are more than enough to present a homelike accommodation place.

There are two hotels at the bottom of the slope. Since early 2008, one of these hotels has been closed for renovation, except the restaurant which is open for eating kebab and pizza.

The hotel is located just 20 m from the bottom of the slopes. The parking area is just 50 m away with a few shops that rent out ski equipments.

Gajere Hotel is also about five minutes (about 2 km) before arriving at Hotel Dizin. This hotel is slightly cheaper and will have a higher chance of having vacant rooms on weekends. It has a free shuttle bus to the slope.

SKI EQUIPMENT:

It is possible to rent ski and snowboard equipment at three places: the pro-shop at the Hotel which has the newest ones and thus much more expensive, the rental places around the parking lot by the hotel and a few small places along the road at the parking lot on the top. The latter is about half the price compared to the ones at the bottom of the slopes. The same is applied to rentals in Shemshak.

Ski instructors are available for hiring. It is also possible to hire an experienced guide who can take you to other mountains and off-piste skiing.

You can rent any equipment and skiwear in the area, all kind of ski and snowboard, mono board and Alpine ski, cross country skis and accessories.

HOW TO GET IN DIZIN SKI RESORT:

From Tehran:

Take a taxi- always available, thus more recommended.
Go with the group tour organized by hotel or your travel agency.
Take the minibus which leaves Tehran very early in the morning around 5A.M., and departs from Dizin around 3 P.M.
(The second and the third must be checked with us while planning your trip.)

There are two ways to reach Dizin from Tehran. The longest and safest way is through Karaj, the road which is usually open but takes about 2:30 hours. The quickest way is to pass through Shemshak resort directly. The road between Shemshak and Dizin is steep and frequent make this part of the road often be closed. The mentioned above minibus uses this way. Unless you are on a day trip, you are strongly advised to take the road through Karaj.

 

Distance from Tehran by Chalus Road ( through Karaj): 124 km
Distance from Tehran by Shemshak Road: 72 km

There are some good ski resorts in Iran, the best and most popular one is Dizin which is located in the heart of capital, north of Tehran in the Alborz Mountain Range. Dizin is one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world as the highest ski lift reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft).  Also the base at around 9,000 feet is higher than the summit of many Alpine resorts. The lifts take you to an altitude of almost 12,000 feet above sea level. Dizin, with its dry climate, boasts some of the best powder skiing in the world. Having high quality of the snow, snowboarders can have an exciting experience; it is tolerant and accepting of snowboarders. Don’t forget it has a large variety of ski runs for anyone from beginners to professional skiers, but it should be said that Dizin is geared towards the more experienced skier. Lets review Iran Dizin Ski Resort.

Dizin Hotels & Cottages:

Dizin winter international ski resort can offer you and your family very affordable and comfortable accommodation including two hotels, 19 cottages and 5 restaurants, villas and private apartments around the resort which host thousands of people every year.

Gajereh Hotel:

Gajereh hotel is located about 2 km far from Dizin Ski Resort. This hotel would have a higher chance of having vacant rooms on weekends, it has four buildings with amenities, view to mountains and restaurant. It has a free shuttle bus to the slope, too.

Dizin Ski Equipment:

Skiing facilities are available in the resort to hire; so you do not need to bring your gears. On site the ski school uses the international teaching method which makes your learning more enjoyable. You can get any equipment and ski wear in the area, all kind of ski and snowboard, mono board and alpine ski, cross country skis and accessories. Ski teachers are also available for the kids. Dizin Ski Resort has three tele-cabins, two ski lifts, seven dish tele-skis and one Hammer tele-ski.

 

Best Travel Dates:

The ski season in Dizin lasts longer than European ski resorts (from mid November to mid May) because of its high altitude. Also, the ski activity in this complex is not confined to winter; as it is an important grass-ski centre in summer, too. The first international grass-ski tournament was held at Dizin by the International Ski Federation with participation of some leading countries in skiing in 1996.

 

Transportation:

As the usual route to Dizin is Chaloos you should consider about 3.5 hours reaching Dizin ski resort in the winter. The lowest point of the region is 2650 meters and the highest point is 3600 meters above sea level. Based on the group members, the kind of car will be specified and arranged. The Sedan car is enough for groups of 1 to 2 pax. Delica van is proper for 3 to 5 pax if there are not too many luggage. Toyota Hiace is arranged to transfer the groups of 5 to 9 pax. The cars will have wheel chains.

If you continue along the road for another 30mins after Shemshak you will reach Dizin. At an altitude of 12,900 feet this is the highest snow resort in Iran and attracts the most amount of snow. Iran gets powder snow by the bucket loads, it is not uncommon for 50cm to land overnight during a dump in Shemshak, and more in Dizin. However, because of the huge amount of snow there are a lot of avalanches, and Iranians just let them happen naturally. There is no dynamite bombing, therefore theres a risk that the road to Dizin might be blocked with snow. However, in the past three years the road has been open most of the time. To be on the safe side check at Shamshak before driving along.

Dizin is a completely different resort to Shemshak. The views are amazing, you can see unending mountain ranges and there is a clear view of the highest mountain in Iran, the semi-active volcano, Mount Damavand. Also, it is possible in this larger resort to see all the nine runs. Like Shemshak, the runs are wide, long and interconnecting and there are no trees. However, the slopes are not as steep attracting beginners through to advanced riders. The price for ski pass and hired equipment is the same as in Shemshak. It is also easy to find accommodation here.

One of the largest resorts in Iran and generally regarded as Iran’s best ski area, Dizin (sometimes spelt Dizin) is a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Tehran into the Alborz mountains. The resort was established in 1969 and contains some rather ugly grey concrete blocks reminiscent of some of the French purpose-built centres of the same era, but without the subsequent sad attempts to make the places look nicer by tacking a bit of wood on the front. The road to Dizin is of a very good quality but four wheel drive or chains are required for the last 10 or 12 km ( 6 or 7 miles) when there’s snow – which is frequently the case. Indeed the resort has a reputation for excellent snow, thanks to the altitude (one of the world’s 40 highest ski centres) and the north facing slopes. Snow depths average 1.5 metres (5 feet) at the base and double that on the upper slopes. Queues don’t happen except at the weekends when Iran’s internationally little-known ‘nouveau riche’ hit the slopes. A day lift pass is extremely cheap at around 2 pounds sterling / 3 or 4 dollars or 25,000 Iranian Riyals. It is quick, cheap and easy to hire boots and skies and even clothing in the village. The only reported problem are the touts trying to persuade Western skiers to take a private instructor – although that isn’t a bad idea as it’s also some of the world’s cheapest ski guiding. Base height is reported as being 2600 or 2700 metres, the top 3500 or 3550 metres. The ski area itself is made of a short runs of easy to intermediate standard, mostly unprepared by machines and all well above the treeline. There is something for everyone however, from long, rolling, cruising runs to wide bowls or narrow chutes. Uplift is via two rather dated four man gondolas from the village centre at 2600 or 2700 m (depending on which measurement you believe) to a height of 3500 m. There are drag lifts and a chair lift at locations around or a short ski form the gondola stations. There are two small hotels and 19 chalets/condos as well as restaurants in the village. FIS competitions are staged here.

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