Skiing Incredible Freedom
Imagine the sensation of skiing down the pure crisp white ski slopes of Iran. Visualize the wind rushing through your body as your heart pulsates to the flow of the dive. Here you can feel no boundaries - you can't remember your problems or daily dilemmas; you are free and unconstrained. As with every swing you thrust faster into the open-air gaining momentum; there is nothing to hold you back. Your heartthrobs to the incredible feeling of euphoria as you slide down - your mind is stimulated by the fear of falling, the buzz of danger lurks in you and you feel the vivacious thrill of your own mortality!

This is the rush of excitement that people get when the ski season is about to begin in Iran. Upon the altitudes of the Dizin, Shemshak, Darbandsar, Tochal, Ab Ali and Khor ski slopes, the youth break boundaries and have professional moves that you have never encountered anywhere before.

Iran Highest Altitudes

The mountain most widely claimed to be the highest unclimbed mountain in the world in terms of elevation and altitude seems to be Gangkhar Puensum, 7570 m (24,836 feet). It is in 'Bhutan', on or near the border with "Ziber. In Bhutan, climbing high mountains has been prohibited since 1994. It is therefore interesting to see what the highest altitudes of mountains in Iran are and in general how many mountains exist. List of mountains in Iran The range of mountains in Iran consists of the Middle and West Alborz Mountains, Takhte-e Suleyman Mountains, Zagros Mountains, and Azerbaijan Mountains.

Iran has many different skiing regions, three of which are recognized internationally by the ski federation board. These being the Dizin', 'Shemshak', and 'Tochal' resorts. What can be described best about these areas is that their snow is incomparable to anywhere else in the world. It is a deep powder, which just doesn't exist in Europe. The snow is dry and flaky which makes for better, smoother, and faster skiing.

Invention of Skis
Around 800 years ago the Mogul conqueror Amir Teimour Lang' recalled a time where he saw a courier in the mountains of Firooz Kooh in a district in Iran wearing two flat pieces of wood, which would prevent him from sinking and would allow him to glide. Skiing is a sport that goes back many centuries ago, although it was not always considered a sport and it initially started as a survival method. Man invented the ‘snowshoe' in order to be able to travel across the hostile terrain and hunt for food to feed his family. Originally, the name 'Ski' came into the English language in 1890 BC from Norway. The 'snowshoe' was to aid man on his hunting quest and to stop him from sinking in deep snowy conditions. An early design dated as far back as the year 2000 BC where Kafkaz tribes were seen to have ski boards covered in animal hide tied to their feet. Although the oldest skis have been found in Hoting, Sweden 4,500 years ago - Russian researchers suggest that they have even found skis dating back from 6,000 years ago. The snowshoe was also found to be in use in places like Central Asia, Janan North America, and New Zealand. Eventually, man learned to maneuver and take up skiing as a sport. Scandinavia and Altai (mountainous region in central Asia) were the first places to use the sport in a leisurely manner. It is important not to forget that Skis were originally developed independently by different countries, in several different climatic conditions, for the use of locomotion.
 

History of Skiing in Iran Modern
skiing came to Iran in the 1930s. This was approximately eighty-five years after competitions had taken place in other places in the world. Two different groups of people were responsible for this process. Firstly when Germans came to Iran to build the National Railroads, mines, and coalfields as well as constructing the Iranian

steel smelting plant. They decided to make use of the Alborz Mountains and they brought their skis from Europe to Iran and made use of them in the wintertime. Their tricks and special moves brought an audience and they usually preferred the Shemshak, Haji Abad, and Firooz Kooh districts. In 1931, one of the first Iranian modern skiers 'Hassan Fazel' recalls following the Germans to the mountains of 'Haji Abad'. At the age of 15, he began learning ski skills from them, which inevitably made him propel in the profession. The second group constituted of Iranians who went abroad to places like France and Switzerland and brought back the skills and techniques that they had learned. Then in 1947, the 'Iranian Olympic Federation' was born and gave birth to the 'Iranian Ski Federation', although it took them ten years to properly formulate. In the 1950s the Iranian Ski Federation began to Import much-needed professional Skis into the country.

Establishment of Ski Pistes in Iran
The first usable ski Piste was in the Telo hills called 'Lashkarak”, where tournaments would be held from 1939. This was later moved to 'Baharestan Square' in Lashkarak and after a year 'Ab Ali' was recognized as the first real international ski resort. Ab Ali was mostly used during the time of the Persian new-year due to weather conditions. Then people moved up to Shemshak and Dizin Ski resorts as Ab Ali's snow slowly ran down and did not have the quality necessary for professional skiing. In 1969, Dizin became the number one ski resort in Iran, with the best ski lift available. This added another two months to skiing in Iran. After a few years 'Tochal' and 'Darbansadr' Pistes also came into operation. Various other Pistes later came into operation, some outside of the Tehran area. Now it is fortunate to say that Iran possesses around 16 separate operational ski districts. Although in order of preference Dizin' is the first acceptable one in use, then 'Shemshak', then 'Darbansadr', 'Tochal', 'Ab Ali and Khor'. These are the main pistes that are in use.

A Glance at a Professional
When looking at the ski slopes of Iran, it is always helpful to be provided with professional information from those who have lived the experience. Mehran Rahmani has been professionally skiing in Tehran for more than twenty-two years. He possesses a Tehran Province Ski Board certificate, which is part of the International Skiing Federation. Mr. Rahmani's recommendations have been woven into the writings of these texts. His advice comes from seven years of experience as a ski instructor. He is also the official managing director of many different sport equipment brands, such as Head, Flow, Palmer, Puma, and Modern Sports. The ticket prices for skiing and hire equipment are not reasonable for natives (Some would argue that it's a pricy sport, due to the equipment and rates per day) When comparing them to other chalets in the world, their prices are merely marginal in contrast. You can spend a whole season skiing on the professional ski slopes of Iran for the price of around ten days in other places in the world. Although, there isn't a place where you can hire skiing outfits and this has to be bought or borrowed by you.

BEST SKIING DISTRICTS OF TEHRAN
Dizin
 In terms of the quality of the snow and the type of Pistes, Dizin is ranked fourth in the world. Dizin is the number one ski resort in Iran, it has been operational since 1969. It possesses the highest number of Pistes available in one resort. This is the main favorite for foreign skiers as it is the most famous and has the best available facilities. It has one of the highest Ski Pistes down which you can ski. Dizin is an area that offers the best social life for the youth. There are restaurants to go to and some do not even go there to ski. This Piste is good for beginner to intermediate level skiers, professionals might not find the most thrill out of it.

Shemshak
 Granted an international title in 1996, there is a certain Ski area snobbery involved with the different Pistes. For example, the Shemshakis do not think highly of the people who ski in other Iranian Pistes. As Shemshak offers the hardest ski slopes with tough moguls and bends. You have to be a real expert in order to ski in this area. This area is around 45 minutes to an hour's drive from Tehran. It is overcrowded during the Iranian weekends (Thursday and Friday)

Tochal

Tochal is very close to the Tehran district. It is a very easy Piste in which to learn skiing. It opens really early during the year and closes very late. Therefore it is a good area for ski junkies who cannot get enough of skiing. Many amateurs can be trained here.



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