News ID: 206209
Published: 0920 GMT December 15, 2017

Shemshak, third largest ski resort in Iran

Shemshak, third largest ski resort in Iran

In a country wherein the center is covered with two vast deserts including the hottest spot on Earth (70°C in Dasht-e Lut), the last thing you’d expect to see is a ski resort.

But much to your amazement, you will find not just one but more than 20 ski resorts in Iran. Two of the most popular ones are located around the capital, Tehran. Dizin and Shemshak ski resorts — in Alborz Mountains — offer a wide range of snow entertainments.

According to, Shemshak Ski Resort which is a 90-minute drive from the capital is the favorite site for professional skiers due to its steep slopes and tricky runs.

There are a lot of rookie skiers who enjoy skiing at Shemshak and if there is occasional tumbling, that’s half of the fun. Now, for those who are captivated by snow and skiing, this can be a fresh opportunity, for traveling to Iran and renting skiing equipment at affordable price.

If you desire no ski-related activities and just want to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains, you may try Shemshak’s famous cable cars and join the small black dots traveling amidst the perpetual whiteness of Alborz heights.

Shemshak is situated in the northeast of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range. It came into operation in 1958. It includes two ski lifts, three dish teleskis and two hammer teleskis.

The slopes lie at an altitude ranging from 2,550 meters to 3,050 meters above sea level. The resort includes two main slopes —

each with a chair lift apex at the top and several lifts. There are also lighting facilities for night skiing.

Shemshak is a city in Roudbar Qasran District, Shemiranat County, Tehran Province.

The city of Shemshak was formed from the former villages of Shemshak-e Bala, Shemshak-e Pain, Darbandsar, Sefidestan, Darrud and Jirud.

Skiing is considered a luxury pastime in Iran. Shemshak is the place that attracts the more audacious and adventurous youth. As an ideal holiday spot for skiers especially in January and February, Iranian ski resorts including Shemshak provide quality accommodation.

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