Visitor reviews for Mount Damavand Ski Resort

Mount Damavand Ratings

Overall: 4.3. Based on 10 votes and 21 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.0

(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) Mount Damavand is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mount Damavand has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 5.0

(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.

Scenery: 4.4

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.6

(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 Mount Damavand.

Public Transport: 4.3

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mount Damavand, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Mount Damavand, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.6

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.9

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mount Damavand.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.9

(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.

Childcare: 3.7

(1) There are no child care facilities at Mount Damavand, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.9

(1) Mount Damavand relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Mount Damavand, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mount Damavand are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.7

(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) Mount Damavand is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mount Damavand, 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: 4.4

(1) Mount Damavand 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: 5.0

(1) The staff at Mount Damavand are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mount Damavand are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.8

(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: 4.0

(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: 4.2

(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.

Beginners: 5.0

(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.

Intermediates: 4.2

(1) No intermediate terrain at Mount Damavand, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(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: 4.8

(1) Not even a kicker at Mount Damavand, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mount Damavand, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 4.3

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mount Damavand has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.4

(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.

Eating: 4.4

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.0

(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: 4.0

(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.

Entertainment: 4.2

(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: 4.5

(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: 5.0

(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): 4.8

(1) Overall, Mount Damavand 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): 4.8

(1) Overall, Mount Damavand 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.

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August 19, 2018
Behzad Karimmaslak from Ski Iran Iran
I have climbed to Damavand summit from all four main routes but I prescribed for mountaineers that they want to climb for the first time to any route they must have a coach or a very experienced man in his / her team and have accommodated with physical readiness then start to climbing as example 'the eastern route' have the most climbing distance and also in foggy climates the most danger is to be thrown off to 'Yakhar valley'. 'The northern route' program it is better to reach '5000 Shelter'. The end shelter in the first time and have enough water and also have crampon for transferring the glassier. The western route has the most slope and danger of throwing rocks and needs the most physical readiness at the end. 'The southern route' has the most visitors/climbers so it needs preparations to reserve a bed via net.
September 01, 2014
K from Ski Iran Iran
Hi, Our team bozboz-e-ghandi, consisting two person (me, the head and S, the follower) reached the summit at 12:45 on Saturday August the 30, 2014. I think Damavand is a holly place and as you all know there are too many stories about men who came down from or went to Damavand and rescued this land (Fereydoun, Arash, ....) so I thought I should go there at least once in my life and now I am very proud of this. I should state here that this site was a great help and I used the information about weather forecast. K
February 18, 2012
Reza Pirvaly from Ski Iran Iran
To ski-climbers, Mt. Damavand ski-climbing season has already started. There have been abundant snowfalls this winter and more to fall, if so, the season may last even till late May! You may also plan for 'Ski Touring' and 'Snow Boarding' in "Do Berar" Range mountains in Mt. Damavand area starting from 'Lasem' village nearby. You may also try skiing in cable-car/lifters/Mountain Hotel equipped 'Mt. Tochal ski piste' located at over 3650m high (facing Tehran) before the season ends. Don't hesitate to contact me for the updates by: Reza Pirvaly, Driver/Guide equipped with 4x4 car for Iran Mountains and Ski Resorts [note from the editor : this advert will remain for a short time]
September 01, 2011
mahmood from Ski Iran Iran
Dear mountaineers, I have gone to Damavand several times from all of the routes and I know how to cope from this white beast in every season. If you require any information and one tour guide do not hesitate to contact me. Cheers.
March 11, 2011
Bozorgzadegan amir from Ski Iran Iran
We started to go to Damavand peak (Mount Damavand), with 4 friends of mine, some couple of years ago, from south view, rineh and goosfand sara. we continued up to concern south shelter, but the friends immediately lie down all, length-wise! because of fatigueness and oxygen shortage, just in front of the shelter and couldn't climb on the same day and there was not any equipment with us to stay night in shelter, and try next day?! Hence, we returned unfortunately and unsuccessfully, leaving the schedule for future with needed commodities preparations. We ended the program with fatty Akbar Joojeh in main road instead! Which I can not recommend to any else...
November 11, 2010
hameed shakeri from Ski United States United States
Hello to My Iranian friends, I am planning on cimbing MD (Mount Damavand) in a couple of weeks. Any advice or help? I appreciate all your comments. I also need to know if there is a place I can rent my equipment rather than bring them from the US? Cheers and thanks to all. [note from the editor: this post shall be left amongst the resort reviews for a short time in order for a response to be made]
August 19, 2010
Hamed from Ski Iran Iran
Dear Climbers We are getting to the end of summer (end of Sep) and before new snow starts falling you may face a problem in Damavand Mt. for water in any route of climbing! Take Care! Best Regards Hamed
July 31, 2010
afshin from Ski Iran Iran
dear all I spent one day on the summit of Mount Damavand in July 28th successfully. I'll be glad to give anybody my information and experiences to have a good camping on the top best regards&wishes afshin shahinzadeh
July 25, 2010
shahram from Ski Iran Iran
Hi all, The best time for Mount Damavand climbing is Jul to Sep, it is a 2 days program. The south route is the easiest, but there is some smelly sulfur gas near the peak (Alt 5400m~5500m) which increase in middle of day, so it is better for you to be in the top before 11 AM. Fell free to contact with me for any question with this Email: Regards
July 14, 2010
Sherppa from Ski Iran Iran
Hi all, Camp1 Polour is the best starting point for climbing Mt Damavand, Iran, from Calsic south route (or the west route). It is a shortcut to the Base Camp. Read more technical info for climbing in: Mount Damavand Guide Sherppa