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 heart throbs 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. Up on the altitudes of the Dizin, Shemshak, Darbandsar, Tochal, Ab Ali and Khorski slopes, the youth break o boundaries and have professional moves that you have never encountered anywhere before.
You can read about it, talk about it, Google it or even watch other people skiing on youtube ; but none of these can be 'substituted for the sensational feeling that one gets when you are blazing through the Snow. Here is where you truly feel alive !
Iran has many different sking regions three of which are recognised 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 of 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 alike Central Asia, Japan, North America, and New Zealand. Eventually man learnt to manoeuvre 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 brough 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 alike France and Switzerland, and brought back the skills and techniques that they had learnt. 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 recognised 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 of 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 professionally 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 hiring equipment are not reasonable for natives (Some would argue that its 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 in the professional so 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 of or borrowed by you it is advisable to buy equipment from outside of Iran as the immigration tax is quite pricy - clothing is expensive.