Great trails are one thing, but for the skiing connoisseur, Iran has more to offer.
Most locals stick to marked slopes, leaving plenty of fresh tracks to be had.
However, the best way to search out fresh powder is with a guide.
Dizin doesn’t utilize dynamite to make mountainsides safe, meaning that with up to seven meters of annual snowfall and fluctuating winter temperatures, some areas are prone to avalanches.
Going with a guide ensures maximum safety.
Tours are becoming popular, according to Etemadi.
Treks into the back-country and up the sides of Mt. Damavand — a volcano and the highest peak in the Middle East — offer some of the best and most hair-raising off-piste skiing in the world.
According to Zoroastrian mythology a dragon lay imprisoned on Mt. Damavand — when making the trip today, adventurers should still be wary.
Labeled “potentially active,” the volcano requires a multi-day hike to reach the summit with three camp stops along the way — the highest at 4,250 meters.
Nordenborg, who organizes trips to Damavand, says “the effects of altitude are more tricky than the climb itself.”
Chris Anthony found the hike tough, the air thin toward the summit and sulfurous at the top.
But those who reach the peak are rewarded with “creamy snow” in the couloirs — some of the best available in the whole Alborz range.
The descent can take as little as two hours.