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Shemshak is a ski resort situated to the north-east of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range.

Shemshak ski resort
Shemshak ski resort
Shemshak is located in Iran
Location within Iran
Location Shemshak, Iran
Coordinates 36°01′01″N 51°49′00″E / 36.01694°N 51.81667°E / 36.01694; 51.81667
Top elevation 3050m (10,007 ft)
Base elevation 2550m (8,366 ft)
Runs 4
Lift system 2 chairlifts
3 Surface lifts
Snowmaking No
Night skiing Yes

Shemshak is the third largest ski area in Iran after Dizin and Darbansar. It came into operation in 1958. It includes two chairlifts and three Surface lifts.[1][2] The slopes lie at an altitude of 2,550 m to 3,050 m above sea level. The resort includes two main slopes each with a chair lift that apex at the top and several lifts. There are also lighting facilities for night skiing.



Shemshak ski resort is located 57 kilometres northeast of the Iranian capital of Tehran, and is located in the city of Shemshak. The ski resort is about a 90 minute drive away from Tehran.[3]


Skiing on Shemshak started in 1949, but it was not until 1959 when the first lift was constructed on the mountain. In 1996, after renovations on the mountain, the ski resort was recognized as an internationally acceptable course by the International Ski Federation.[4]


Shemshak has classically catered to more advanced skiers while Dizin has drawn beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. The slopes are quite steep and many of the runs are mogul runs.

Ski season is usually four months from early December to late March depending on the weather with the slope open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the night slope from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Two of the most popular residential complexes in Shemshak are the one built by ASP before the revolution and the Sepahan residence complex finished in the end of 2012 in front of the Gazoil piste. There are two hotels and four restaurants and a coffee-house.

To compete with the sheer magnitude of skiing experience in Shemshak, the après-ski scene has a lot to offer. There is a thing or two for every taste and palate. There are coffee shops in the vicinity of the resort that serve refreshing hot beverages and small snacks to the worn-out skiers as well as a fully equipped supermarket where you can find everything from chips and Cheetos to local products including the mouthwatering dried fruits and the famous Shemshak Lavashak.[5]

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