Visitor reviews for Dizin Ski Resort
March 17, 2016
Martin from Sweden
Update from last year. The running of the resort has been taken over by a company called Raika. This means better service and communications. The direct road from Tehran via Shemshak is now almost always plowed and open (Why they do not do the same with the upper parking is beyond me). Taxi this way is around $15. You end up at the upper parking, where there is a rental shop also. To get to the hotel, you have to ski down, or take the gondola. More lifts are open now than last year. There is more thinking now; after a snowfall last week, they only pisted the lower part and the competition slope, leaving the whole top free for off-piste. The nice restaurant on top of the Chaman lift is now open for lunch. The resort opens and closes at the correct times (normally 0830-1530). As it is easier to reach the resort now from Tehran, it has become busier. The skiing in Dizin is very good, with a lot of fairly safe off-piste, and normally lots of snow and a long season. The hotels have a good standard. Off course, still no after-ski.
Overall: 3.8. Based on 108 votes and 57 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Dizin.
Public Transport: 3.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Dizin, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Dizin, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Dizin.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.3
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Dizin, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Dizin is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Dizin relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.2
(1) There are no snow groomers at Dizin, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Dizin are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Dizin is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Dizin, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.6
(1) Dizin usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.9
(1) The staff at Dizin are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Dizin are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.9
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Dizin has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Dizin, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Dizin, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Dizin, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Dizin has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.1
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.3
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Dizin is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.4
(1) Overall, Dizin is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
August 05, 2015
Me from Iran
I have been skiing in Dizin for many years now. The place itself is absolutely great. Fresh powder, great intermediate slopes and some much more advanced yet relatively safe off-piste. All in all, sounds wonderful especially considering the costs to foreigners.
The biggest downside is the staff. This will not be noticed by the foreigners because Iranians love to be nice to foreigners as much as they like to be rude to their compatriots. The staff are the local villagers who are not in any way trained or instructed in basic courtesies; just a bunch of peasants who think they are somehow very special people because rich Tehranis come to their village, buy their properties and build some Swiss-look-alike imitation chalets, and use their resort to ski.
Honestly, you will notice this attitude less in Shemshak and even less in Darbandsar.
Another issue is the total lack of ability to distinguish between service and sales, in Iran, by the businessman. Running a ski resort definitely falls into service category, and not in sales, yet you would feel the opposite here. You pay the full amount to enter the resort and enjoy all the amenities, but they close down half the rides in the middle of the week to lower their costs, so you will stand in lines that are as long as the lines over the weekend while all the rides are open and people swarm from Tehran to be seen in their new ski equipment! So regardless of how much you try to manoeuvre around this problem, they will systematically make sure you get stuck in the lines. Again, you shouldn't expect more from a bunch of up and coming peasants who disguise themselves as businessmen.
Long live Iran,
A caring Persian
March 19, 2015
Martin from Sweden
Very good skiing, plenty of snow, normally the resort is open between November and April. All snow is natural. Pistes are mostly intermediate, but there are a few expert pistes available. A lot of safe off-piste if you feel like it. There are around 15 lifts, and 20 pistes, but do not expect everything to be open. This depends on how busy the resort is, and on the weather. We stayed for 5 days, the last day only the main gondola lift to the middle station was open. There is plenty of skiing from there, so it was no problem. It had snowed a lot the night before and, best guess, maximum 50 people were skiing that day. The lifts are 40 years old but they work. Lifts start at 0830 and close around 1530 (time in Iran is flexible). Different maps give different altitudes; according to GPS the highest lift reaches 3600m and the entrance is at 2650m. On Thursdays and Fridays and around the Persian New Year expect some lines, especially at the bottom. Weekdays the resort is not very busy.
Both hotels in Dizin have the same standard prices and food. Both hotels are really nice, 60's architecture, clean and up to a good standard. The staff are very friendly and helpful, just try a few words of farsi (that goes for the whole resort, by the way). Food was good simple Iranian kitchen; perfectly adequate. Hotel 2 has good coffee in the Coffee Shop, while Amirs chocolate in hotel 1 makes very good hot chocolate
After-ski is non-existent, unless you are invited to a private party. You come to Dizin for the skiing/snowboarding.
You can reach Dizin from Tehran by the direct road in about one hour but this road is often closed in winter and the longer Chalous road takes about 2-3 hours, depending on traffic. Taxi is not expensive; around 45$ each way.
Prices were about or less than half of what you would pay in Europe. Rent equipment from the shop at the parking lot, cheaper than at the hotel, and the equipment is of good enough quality. Ski equipment rental was 60$/person for 5 days, the hotel 60$/night for a double room, ski pass 23/day. Food around 30$/day altogether. It may be advisable to use a ski instructor/guide at least for the first days. This costs around 60$/day.
February 10, 2015
Reza from Iran
Dizin is one of the largest and most beautiful Iranian ski resorts in the Alborz mountain range, in northern Iran, which attracts many foreign and home tourists over the winter, with professionals and amateurs visiting the ski slopes.
February 04, 2015
Erfan Adeshi from Iran
Dizin is one of the best slopes for snowboarding or skiing. Although the facilities are old it's still one of the awesome resorts. I recommend all of you to visit Dizin and just ride powder!
March 15, 2014
Arash Etminan from Iran
If you are going to stay in hotel Dizin no.2 don't take any food from hotel! Dinner was disgusting and they charge us even for breakfast!
February 17, 2014
Alex from Canada
Excellent: nature, variety of pistes (over 20), long season (5 months), long pistes (the longest one almost 7 km), reasonable price ($12/day).
Good: hotels, restaurants, trap-cabin
Poor: fun, staff, service
Sum.: excellent place just for sport! (not for fun).
January 08, 2014
vahid from Iran
Everyone speaks about skiing but I want to invite you to see clearly the nature of Dizin in spring.
December 04, 2013
vahid from Iran
You can experience the best situation of skiing in Dizin.
March 04, 2013
Amir Anbarafshan from Iran
It is not an exaggeration to say that Dizin is the best ski resort in Iran. I highly recommend it to ski lovers and good visitors to our country. Enjoy your time and wish you good memories of Dizin.