3000 – 3200M
1x Chairlift – 1x Rope tow
Week-end et Holidays
From December to April
350,000 Rials – 10 $
Alvares ski resort is located North-West of Iran, in Ardabil Province. The area is well-known for its tough winters, “cool” summers, beautiful landscapes, the quality of its dairy products (butter, doogh, ashe…), its local honey and numerous hot springs.
The small town of Sareyn (8,000 inhabitants), located about 20km away from the resort, is famous across Iran for its spas. Tourists come there from all over the country to relax.
You love animals ? Here, you will find (in my opinion), the nicest and most beautiful Iran’s wild dogs ! Calm, cute and tough, they live in the mountains, sometimes above 3000m.
Alvares ski area can be resumed in : 1x two seats chairlift + 1x rope tow for beginners + 1x easy slope (green-blue). The resort is equipped with a “Pisten Bully” snow groomer. The small staff runs the facilities whenever conditions are good !
At Alvares, you can rent all equipments for skiing (ski shoes, skis…) for 10 $. You will find at the top of the chairlift, a restaurant selling food and drinks and offering a nice point of view.
As you may have noticed, Alvares ski resort is not the most suitable place if you want to train for winter olympics. Lost in the mountains close to Sabalan – An inactive volcano with an elevation of 4811m – the resort has many other assets :
- Magnificent landscapes
- High potential for ski touring
- Constant wind, making Alvares and surrounding plains perfect for kites
You need 20 to 30 minutes to reach Alvares ski resort from the city of Sareyn. The road is in good conditions but might be closed after a snowfall. You will need a good 4WD to get there. Ask the locals, they will know and do anything to help you !
To my knowledge, there is no minibus between Sareyn and Alvares. However you will easily find a taxi for a bit more than 10 $. You can also hitchhike on the road going to the resort.
To reach Sareyn, minibus are doing daily shuttle with Ardabil. This city, capital of the province, is well connected to the rest of the country.
GPS coordinates : 38.208951, 47.862767
Google Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/6psZd1rX7bE2
You won’t find accommodation at the ski resort. A hotel is currently under construction – hard to say when it will be opened. I am positive that sleeping in the restaurant is an option… Keep in mind that in Iran, everything is possible !
Sareyn is a very touristic city and offers a large choice for accommodations ! Out of season, you can find very cheap and nice rooms. Exemple : One room with 4 beds, a bathroom and a small kitchen for 12 $ / night.
One great thing about Sareyn is the “Après-Ski”. You can find many restaurants, chicha bars and great / cheap spas : 4 $ per entry / 6 $ per massage. Men and women are of course separated.
Find more informations and photos on those websites :
- Theiranproject.com – Nice photo gallery of skiing in Alvares
- Tishineh.com – More informations and few images
- Ilovesarein – Instagram account with many photos of Alvares
- Alvarsmehregan – Ski resort’s Instagram account
You have more informations about Alvares ? Contact me !