Skiing in Iran

Clouds clear from a storm that dusted the busy mountain pass from Tehran to Dizin, one of the most popular ski resorts in Iran. (Alex Tehrani)
Skiing Iran

Clouds clear from a storm that dusted the busy mountain pass from Tehran to Dizin, one of the most popular ski resorts in Iran.

Ayatollah Khomeini, along with five martyrs, welcomed us to the famous (within Iran, anyway) ski resort of Dizin in the Alborz mountain range.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


A snowy valley on the Chalus Road from Tehran to Dizin.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


The altitude, and snowline, dropped as we descended out of the mountains toward the Caspian Sea.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


Another image of the dramatic mountain-scape on the road to Dizin.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


A psychadelic rental shop in the town of Shemshak.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


We clicked out of our skis and did some climbing at Shemshak. Slightly sketchy avalanche country, but a hell of a lot of fun. This shot is of our mountain guide, Farshad, and Josh.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


Yeah, I got a little tired, they passed me up, no big deal.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


Josh Dean lost some steam too—only mountain man Farshad was inexhaustible. He thought we were a little soft for only skiing in the vicinity of actual resorts.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


A clearing in the Alborz range after a storm passed. Each day we got new snow, and each day we ended up with blue skies— dream conditions.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


A cool Farsi sign at Shemshak points you toward the mountain.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


Jahandr Kalhor (left), and Mosayeb Poor, a couple of the serious Dizin skiers. Mosayeb competed in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


Josh about to lay down some fresh tracks at Dizin.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


A bunch of rowdy snowboarders at the fourth resort we sampled, Darbansar, just adjacent to Shemshak. These could have been squaw valley kids for all anyone knew.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)


Another shot of the mountain road from Dizin to Chalus.

Skiing Iran
(Alex Tehrani)

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