TARIK DAREH

Altitude

2600 – 3000M

Slopes

2x Blues – 1x Red

Lifts

1x Ski lift – 1x Chairlift

Opening

Every day
From December to April

Ski Pass

200,000 Rials – 6 $

Ski resort

Tarik Dareh ski resort is located 10km away from Hamedan. Nestled on the side of Alvand mountain range at 1,900m, Hamedan is one of the coldest city in Iran but mostly one of the oldest.

There, you can find Ganj Nameh, an ancient inscription carved in granit from 500 BC. Hamedan is also renown in Iran for its numerous monuments worth to see.

On the road to the ski resort, you will find a theme park with summer sledge track, karting, bungee jumping (12 $ / jump – Managed by my friend Mächtig) and a gondola.

★ Services : Skis and clothing rental (17 $ / day) – Restaurant – Hotel – Other activities

Ski area

Tarik Dareh ski resort is settled into a 270° valley. Because of the wind, snow accumulates, creating huge snow layers.

The resort is equipped with 1x ski-lift and 1x two seats chairlift, serving both sides of the valley. The 3 slopes have an honorable length. During my stay, I didn’t have the chance to try the red slope as the chairlift was closed due to avalanche risks. The slope served by the ski lift is used during summer for grass skiing.

The potential for ski touring and off-piste is high. However, following a huge avalanche a few years ago, the staff is reluctant to let skiers going off the trails – see video here. If you want to go off-piste, talk to the manager and explain him your project to get permission.

Access

You can reach the ski resort with car or taxi from Hamedan. For non-motorized persons, the cheaper way to get up there will be to hitchhike from the Theme Park. The road seems to be well maintained following each snow fall. Due to the wind, you might experience some nice snow walls on the way.

Hamedan is well connected to all other major cities with daily bus lines. A ride from Hamedan to Tehran will cost 10 $ and lasts about 4 hours. Wether you go skiing in Alborz mountain (Tochal, Darbandsar, Dizin or Shemshak), you have to come and see Tarik Dareh.

GPS coordinates : 34.722641, 48.439040
Google Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/7S9iD12x3tL2

Lodging

For accomodation, you will find in the ski resort a hotel.

If you have a low budget, you will find cheaper hotels / rooms in the city of Hamedan. Couchsurfing is also a great way to save some money and meet up with locals.

Other ressources

Find more informations and photos on those websites :

  • Tishineh.com – Few photos of the ski resort
  • Youtube – A news report for Iranian television

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