The Hidden Gem of Ski Touring in Iran


Discovering a new climate to the Middle East, the secret of ski touring in Iran

For most skiers, the idea of an off-piste ski touring heaven usually evoke up thoughts of Verbier’s world-famous freeride terrain or Japans legendary powder fields. Probably not the Middle Eastern country of Iran for ski touring.

Our epic ski touring adventure was high in the Alborz Mountains which stretches across the northern edge of Iran. Compared to the Alps this is something back in time, with poorly groomed runs and old lifts. But where we were going, we didn’t need either.

Our mountains are majestic, covered in snow and more importantly, empty. No competition for fresh tracks, this was what every freeride skier could only dream—the ability to ski tour anywhere and be alone with the mountains.

Dizin, Iran

Our trek began with a three-hour hike across the rugged terrain, the fresh snow late last night had given us a new drive to move and to get as far as we can.

Once the skins were on the whole mountain range was our, and the climb to the top began. Gasping for breath at times, 4000 metres above sea level can leave you breathless, although I would like to claim it was the mountain view.

 The skiing certainly lived up to our expectation. The weather was erratic throughout the tour from bright sunshine to snowstorms, to thunderstorms. The weather gave us its all.

 We left feeling euphoric as well as excited to come back. We didn’t come close to scratching the surface of Iran’s ski touring potential. There were fantastic touring opportunities in every direction.

Ziba Adventures Ski Touring Iran donkey
Trekking through the snow along the river

Many of the mountains and couloirs looked like they had never even seen a pair of skis on them. In genuine Iranian hospitality, we left with a cup of tea and some incredible stories of what our adventure had incurred.

There are moments in life that you know will stay with you forever, ski touring in the Iranian mountains is one. Skiing in Iran offers a real adventure for those looking, combining incredible culture and unforgettable skiing experiences.

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Other Adventures we’ve done

  • Exploring the Mosques of Uzbekistan
  • An Epic Tour of the Wakhan Corridor
  • The Hidden Gem of Ski Touring in Iran
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