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What about skiing in Iran? Is anyone ever been there? Dizin, tochal?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys! 

 

Here is my first post. I'm currently in Dubaï and I was thinking about going for a week skiing in Iran. I know that it sounds strange but I was reading many blogs (especially norwegian) where it seems that the author really enjoyed. 

 

Is any of you ever been there? If yes how is it? Is it like a family resort or is fine for some backcountry? 

 

Prices are so cheap I really don't know ... https://1stquest.com/packages

 

Only 123 euros for 3 days?? 

 

What do you think ?? 

 

Thanks 

post #2 of 12

I've read the same thing and thought about it.  Seems like an interesting trip!  Trip report!

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm still hesitant .... 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/12050199/Iran-deploys-ski-police-at-countrys-slopes-enforce-segregation-of-men-and-women.html

 

Please any opinion? Any comment? 

 

On the other hand I'm really thinking that it's gonna be a good experience. I'll probably be the first to post a trip report! 

post #4 of 12

I suspect nationality will make your trip easier or harder.  We have a large Persian/Iranian community here in Toronto so it's a bit less mysterious.  I suppose if you have the right expectations and are able to live with the conditions, could be interesting.  The political situation is heating up right now though so that might be problematic.

post #5 of 12

Hi Everyone,

 

I'm Mina, customer service at 1stQuest.com, I saw you have mentioned our company, so came to explain the service. The 3 days ski package include 2 nights accommodation and transfers between airport and ski resort, hotel price for a double room is $72 per night and total transfer cost is around 110 plus 5% transferring cost. Isn't that fair? :)

You can rent ski equipment and clothes for about $50. 

If you like to purchase this package, or want a customized one please send an email to support@1stQuest.com.

Thanks

post #6 of 12

And I should say don't worry about political conditions, every week there are many tourist in Dizin and Shemshak, actually police never bother tourists. if you like to know more about this, join "See you in Iran" group in Facebook, where travelers to Iran share their experiences. 

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi, 

 

Oh Mina Ghdr you check the whole web! Crazy :eek

 

So i can get first hand answers! That's good. :)

 

I am a german citizen so I should be able to get a VOA right? What should I bring? Photos, hotel reservation? 

 

I'd like to travel from the 18th of january to the 27. Is it fine? If I come to Bandar-Abbas and travel overland by train to Tehran is it fine? Can I still get the package? 

 

About political situations I'm thinking that politic has little to do with ski ... I think that I'll give a try. 

post #8 of 12

As previously mentioned nationality can make it harder or easier for you. However you've mentioned that you are now in Dubai. A stamp from their border police in your passport could make entering Iran a lot more complex for you. I suggest you call in the embassy to avoid any problems. For example the Israeli border police didn't put a stamp in my passport because after this I will not be able to go to Dubai according to them.

post #9 of 12

If you do go @turlututu definitely post a trip report with some pictures. I'm actually surprised that no one on here has posted about skiing in Iran before. There are only two threads on EpicSki that even mention skiing in Iran and both of them nearly a decade old. 

post #10 of 12
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If you do go @turlututu definitely post a trip report with some pictures. I'm actually surprised that no one on here has posted about skiing in Iran before. There are only two threads on EpicSki that even mention skiing in Iran and both of them nearly a decade old. 


Well, I don't think many US people consider going to Iran for pleasure.  :)  They have big mountains there, very close to Tehran.  Obviously there is some intrigue with US versus other passports visiting, but as I say, we have many Canadians with Iranian heritage and it's really not a problem for us.  It's a long way to go to ski, but if you're in the neighbourhood, that'd be a trip! 

post #11 of 12

I have no firsthand experience, but will pass along that my barber and his wife are Iranian Jews, who have lived in the US for many years and are now US citizens.  They visit Jewish relatives in Iran (Tehran) every year.  Apparently there is still an open Jewish community in Iran.  

 

According to him, there is no problem travelling in Iran with a US passport, as long as you don't have a history of political activity or do something stupid there.  He sees many foreign tourists and business travelers there.  His relatives in Iran also have no problems with the powers that be.  He said that the general population is very accommodating, and what we hear about in the news is just politics at a higher level than what generally happens on the street.  When he travels to Israel, he does not get his passport stamped.  When travelling to Iran, he flies from JFK to Turkey, then to Iran.  

post #12 of 12
Search YouTube for skiing in Iran. There's a famous one of Suzy Chaffe and ? Skiing with uh...th Empress? Back in the early 70's before the revolution.
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