In recent years, Iran has been attracting the flood of tourists from different countries due to its potentials, rich culture, historical attractions, unique nature, warm and hospitable people, and above of all its safety.
In the meantime, tourists, as soon as they hear the name of Iran, historical monuments and attractions, and maybe Iranian deserts comes to their minds. Unfortunately, this is a misconception of Iran. Because of Iran, with a surface area of about 1,700,000 km2 with a quadrilateral dimension, that more than half of its land covered by mountains, is considered a country of four climates and seasons. It means that, as you are skiing in the north of Iran, you can take a one-hour flight to southern Iran and surfing in the Persian Gulf and its beautiful islands. Because of this mountainous nature, Iran has become one of the richest and best destinations for skiers in recent years.
The history of skiing in Iran backs to 1946 when the Iranian Ski Federation was established. However, hundreds of years earlier, people who live in mountainous cities of Iran (such as Firoozkooh), attaching woods, leathers and other materials under their shoes, to move more easily and void dipping on snow in the winters. So skiing in Iran has an old history.
Today, given the existence of high and vast mountains in Iran, it is possible to carry out various types of ski courses in different seasons. Alpine or downhill skiing, Ski Touring, Cross-country skiing, Freestyle skiing, Snowboarding, Off-piste skiing, Telemark Skiing, Free Ride Skiing and Backcountry Skiing are the Skiing style that is favourite of tourists and you can do them in Iran mountains. Also, Gross Skiing, Sandboarding and Skiing on Sands on deserts, and Water Skiing are common in Iran and attract many tourists to Iran every year.
In general, skiing in the mountains of Iran can be divided into two separate categories. Skiing in ski resorts or Skiing in pistes, and skiing outside of the tracks/pists in Iran’s wild mountains. Although these two categories are combined in some areas, because each has its own fans, we provide the following explanations for each of them separately.
On Piste skiing is one of the skiing methods that, in addition to being exciting, allows you to use the lift equipment, as well as comfort and safety. Different types of skiing can be carried out inside the ski pistes of Iran. Competitive and recreational, such as Cross-country, Ski jumping, Combined, Downhill, Extreme, Speed, Super-G, Telemark skiing, Alpine, Snowboarding, Boardercross and etc. But most common skiing style in Iranian pistes is Alpine skiing, Speed, Snowboarding and Boardercross. Currently, the Iranian National Ski Team is working in three fields: Alpine, Cross Country and Snowboarding.
As mentioned, more than half of Iran covered by mountains. So we have many ski resorts in Iran, with different facilities and difficulties that in the following are briefly presented.