17 November 2009


Shemshak Ski Resort
Persia usually isn’t the first place skiers think of when taking into account ski destinations, but Iran is not just desert and sahara, there are some 4,000 meters plus mountains and 16 ski resorts. Shemshak resort lies in the clean and cool air of Alborz Mountain Range, due to its high altitude and the dry air, it has high snowfall and a great high quality powder to satisfy advanced ski lovers, it is the 2nd largest winter sport center and piste in Iran after Dizin complex, while Dizin slopes are suggested for beginners and intermediates.

Ski Resort Shemshak Tehran, Iran
Shemshak Ski Resort Tehran, Iran
Photo By Lonely Planet Images

The Shemshak slopes are quite steep and graded the hardest and steepest slopes in Iran, and has the most challenging runs in the country, a good place for more advanced skiers with many mogul runs, variety of slopes, chair lifts, a selection of ski pistes.

You may meet Iran’s best skiers in this resort, a good place for practicing and acclimatization before ski mountaineering in Mt Damavand 5671m. This resort is equipped with lighting facilities which allows skiing at night under floodlight. Shemshak, the second ski resort in Iran was built in 1958.
Snowboarders are welcome to tackel the slopes, about one third of the people on the slopes are boarders. The terrain is suitable for more adventurous boarders. There are no queues, except inIranian weekends. With an altitude of 3050m, the resort is just 60 Km northeast of the capital of Tehran, closed to Mount Damavand.

Targeted Activities
Cross-country Skiing, Skiing, Snowboarding
Season Availability: November to April

Quick Facts
Altitude: 2550-3050 meters
Snow Depths: 2 to 4 m
Vertical Drop: 500m
Highest Lift: 3050m
Lowest Piste: 2550m
Skiing at night: Yes
Built in 1958.
Was granted an International title in 1996

Total 7 Lifts
2 lift, chair lifts
3 dish teleskis, button lifts
2 Hammer teleskis, t-bars
2 hotels
4 restaurants

Major Ski Resorts Near Shemshak
Darbandsar 2 km
Dizin 12 km
Mt Tochal 22 km
Ab Ali 51 km
Mt Damavand 55 km

Located in the Alborz Mountains, 45 Km northeast of Tehran
City Shemshak, State Tehran, Country Iran.

How to go there, Transportation to Shemshak
Fly to Tehran IKA International Airport and then travel by road to the Shemshak City Resort. Only accessible by road and can be reached by coach or car. The journey time is about 60 to 90 minutes drive from Tehran, about 60 Km. After a heavy snowfall, snow chains are often necessary for the last part of the journey. There is no railway station in Shemshak, the closest railway station is at Tehran.

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