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Boarders Without Borders [IRAN]

We want them to come and visit very much. I am sure they will like it and change any negative ideas about Iran. I want them to know more about my country. There is no place for politics in sports” – Iranian Snowboarder at Dizin

Boarders Without Borders are currently doing a kickstarter campaign to fund their film about four professional American snowboards going on a journey to the wonderful powder snow in the Iranian mountains. Read more about this film and support them here.

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Hey Americans, you can enjoy the powder in Dizin too!

While the USA continue to enforce new sanctions and use aggressive rhetoric, it is possible to visit Iran for American citizens. The process is a bit more cumbersome and you do need a guide for the entire stay, but you will still be able to see Persepolis, shop in old bazaars and off course the most important experience: crusing down some fresh powder in Dizin. Read more here.

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Dizin powder

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Dizin in 1978

Billy Kidd and Suzy Chaffee ski at Dizin ski area in Iran with the Shah’s wife 11 months before the Islamic revolution. From Dick Barrymore’s “The Golden Years of Ski Films”

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Russians in Dizin

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Prices in Dizin 2010

Double 700,000
Triple 900,000
4 bed 1,050,000
5 bed 1,200,000
6 bed 1,700,000
10 bed 2,800,000
Chalet (sleeps 4+) 2,150,000.

Ski rental is 200,000 rials per day for adults and 150,000 for children.

Instructors charge up to 250,000 rials per hour or 1,000,000 per day.

A daily ski pass is 200,000 rials.

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Ski Safari Iran 2009

In French but is worth a view even if you don’t speak French (I don’t). Shows some French skiers and snowboarders coming to Tehran and checking out the piste in both Dizin and Shemshak.

Video from MeltingSpot

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Facts and figures

Quick Facts, Ski Resort Specifications
Targeted Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding, Grass Ski
Season Availability: November to May
Height variation 2650m to 3600m
One of the highest ski lifts in the world, lift reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft),
One of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.

Resort Altitude : 2700m
Top elevation, Highest Lift : 3600m
Base elevation, Lowest Piste : 2650m
Vertical drop Max 850m
Skiable area: 470 ha
Runs: 23
Night skiing: No

Lift system:
3 gondola, telecabins,
12 chairlifts , Ski Lifts
1 hammer teleski,
7 dish teleskis, drag lifts,
2 skilifts, chair lifts
Snow depths average 2m at bottom to 6m at the top
Established in 1969

Thanks to the excellent Mount Damavand Guide for this info.

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The Dizin Hotel

Got a tip about TipsFilms, a great travel site with videos from destinations and hotels around the world. Check out their video from Dizin and Dizin Hotel. Also featuring Hoffenberg, the non-alcoholic after-ski alternative.

Watch more Tehran videos at

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Ski instructors and guides

Need to improve your skills? Or would you rather enjoy the great powder snow instead of teaching your kids not to fall when going down the hill? There are ski instructors available for hire in Dizin. Either as private tutors or as part of a group lesson. So what are you waiting for? Have a look for some cheap flights to Tehran and get ready to snowboard!

Unfortunately I cannot give you any prices as my reply to a guy in the pro-shop who asked whether I would need a ski instructors was: “I am from Norway”. He laughed away with his Iranian friends quoting what I just said. We have a saying here in Norway that says that Norwegians are born with the skies on their legs. It is also here that both the first indication of skiing as well as modern skiing was invented (in fact not far from where my grandma lives here in Telemark).

For guided off-piste skiing or snowboarding contact Mosayeb Seyd Poor (+98 912-3132773) who grew up in Dizin and has competed internationally as a professional snowboarder. He charges 100 EUR for a day.



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