5 Reasons Why Every Powderhound Should Ski Iran

5 Reasons Why Every Powderhound Should Ski Iran

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5 Reasons Why Every Powderhound Should Ski Iran

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As an American speaking generally, a few topics come to mind when discussing Iran. Hostages, nuclear weapons, and oil normally reign supreme in such discussions but rarely is skiing considered ubiquitous with the middle east– but it should be.

In addition to rad skiing, Iran is also a main cultural capital of the middle east and with its unique architecture, art, and religious beliefs, this middle-eastern country is a must see for any ski bum with a penchant for travel.

Also Read: Iranian Ski Police Will Enforce Segregation Of Men and Woman On Chair Lifts

Here are the 5 Reasons Why Every Powderhound Should Ski Iran

5) The Backcountry

Mount Damavand and The Surrounding Backcountry | Photo Credit: Hamed Khorramyar via Wikimedia Commons

Mount Damavand and The Surrounding Backcountry | Photo Credit: Hamed Khorramyar via Wikimedia Commons

Iran boasts what is mostly considered as a continental climate whose snowpack is similar to that of Colorado. Although this can create gamey avalanche conditions, when conditions line up, the backcountry can be all time. Also, the monstrous 18,410 foot Mount Damavand is an active volcano that poses a serious challenge for even the most seasoned ski-mountaineer.

Find backcountry guides here: Persian Voyages

4) Cheap Lift Tickets

Iran Dizin Ski Resort lift tickets go for roughly $20– nuff said.

3) Sick Resort Skiing

Photo Credit: irandizinski.com

Photo Credit: irandizinski.com

Dizin is the premier ski resort in Iran and lies just two hours away from the capital city of Tehran. With a 3,116 vertical drop, this Iranian shred spot has 1,000 vertical feet more than Alta Ski Area and boasts skiing from December till May. Also, three gondolas and 12 chairlifts serve a whopping 1,158 acres of skiing on the flanks of the ski area’s 11,800 foot summit. Worried about discrimination? The resort’s website claims, “[Dizin] is tolerant and accepting of snowboarders”— unlike Alta. If you’re looking to travel around, Iran offers a few other areas of note including but not limited to: TochalFereydunshahr, and Pooladkaf.

Note: Iranian ski resorts require women to dress in traditional Islamic garb while skiing. 

2) No Crowds

Photo Credit: irandizinski.com

Photo Credit: irandizinski.com

Since many westerners still associate Iran with the above mentioned stereotypes, foreign crowds remain thin. In actuality, only 1% of those skiing Dizin ski resort are foreign. The others are strictly locals, which should appeal to Jackson Holer residents tired of destination skiers clogging their tram line.

1) Deep Powder

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Photo Credit: Persian Voyages

Over 275″ of snow falls annually on Dizin Ski Resort and the locals prefer the piste. This allows for blower snow to hang around well after the last storm, allowing off-piste skiers to score consecutive bluebird pow days without having to rush.

And then there’s this…

Getting There: Consult Persian Voyages for flight information, visa requirements, and transportation needs.

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