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.
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.
Distance from Tehran by Chalus Road ( through Karaj): 124 km
Distance from Tehran by Shemshak Road: 72 km
During the day, there is a SFC (Iranian version of KFC) in the middle of the slope and a snack bar at the top. The latter also serves breakfast.
At night, there are only two restaurants (also open for breakfast and lunch); one in Dizin Hotel and another in the other hotel (only the restaurant is open).
In winters, this resort is open during the weekdays and in summer; it is only open on Iranian weekends (Thursdays, Fridays) and national holidays.