Get Off-Piste

Skiing isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Iran.  With over 20 ski fields in the country, and some of the best and least-populated off-piste skiing, skiing in Iran may be one of the most surprising experiences of all.

Skiing Burkhas

In 2008, English comedian, Dom Joly was inspired to hit Iran’s ski slopes after he stumbled across a photograph of ladies in burkhas skiing (similar to the one above).  He visited Shemshak resort, one of the four main ski resorts high in the Alborz Mountains.

He described this part of Iran as unlike the rest – more distanced from Islam, less traditional, busy, more westernized, and incredibly beautiful.

Apart from the great snow, weather and terrain the Alborz Mountains have, each resort’s village atmosphere and après-ski scene is lively.  As tea culture is hugely significant in Iran, the resort cafés and teahouses are quaint and ambient.  In spite of nationwide ban on alcohol, the nightlife in some resorts is said to have been “out of control and even mind boggling.”

Shemshak and Dizin resorts are probably the most mountainous and challenging of those Iran has to offer, with more lifts, slopes, and plenty of untouched off-piste skiing.  Tochal and Darbansar resorts are better suited for beginners.  All resorts have equipment hire available, accommodation and are within a day-trip distance from the bustling capital, Tehran.

For more information about skiing and ski culture in Iran, see the Lonely Planet website, or read more of Dom Joly’s article.

Peace,

Unveiling Iran.

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Travelling alone can be a highly enjoyable experience. You get to do virtually whatever you want, without having to compromise based on who you’re with. You get the opportunity to make new friends, both with locals and other travellers. However, travelling alone raises new safety concerns. Below are some tips to ensure that your experience travelling alone is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

  • Know where you’re going! Before you even leave home research where you’ll be travelling extensively. Figure out the neighbourhoods, and what areas you need to stay away from in addition to researching what stuff you want to do
  • Give your friends and family an itinerary, and keep them updated regularly during your trip
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  • Book accommodation in secure neighbourhoods, closer to the city…

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Hello cyberspace,
We are so thrilled to embark on this exciting adventure, delving into the unknown depths of Iran with you!

For our first post, we would like to clarify what we hope to achieve through our initiative, Unveiling Iran.

We want to unveil the true, hidden Iran, untainted by the media or misconceptions held in the west. We aim to promote safe travel to the mysterious, ancient land, providing truthful recounts of adventure!

From an excerpt of the Lonely Planet Iran Travel Guide,

“If travel is most rewarding when it surprises, then Iran might just be the most rewarding destination on earth…”

We look forward to unveiling the hidden jewels in Iran’s mighty treasure chest.

Peace,

Unveiling Iran