Iran hosted earlier this month a snowboard and freestyle ski competition event in Dizin Ski Resort, north of the capital Tehran. Eight female and twenty eight male athletes competed alongside, defying the unexpected, unfavorable weather conditions at the beginning of the tournament.
Dizin, established in 1969, is one of the larger Iranian ski resorts in the Alborz mountain range, 120km from Tehran by car. The ski season in Dizin lasts from December to May, because of the resort’s high altitude.
Dizin is one of the larger Iranian ski resorts in the Alborz mountain range, near Tehran (43 miles north of the capital city) and also near the city of Karaj. It was established in 1969.
The ski season in Dizin lasts longer than in European ski resorts, from December to May, because of the resort’s high altitude. The highest ski lift reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.
The lowest point of the region is 2650m, while its highest point is 3600m, (which equates to 11,811 feet above the sea level). The snow quality at Dizin is fantastic powder and rivals that of many European and Rocky Mountain snow areas.
The Dizin ski complex is the first ski and winter sport resort in Iran which has been officially recognized and granted the title by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for its capability in administrating official and international competitions. At the present, the Dizin ski region is administered by Iran Ski Federation. The FIS Grass Skiing World Cup is also organized in Dizin since 2012.
Iranian skier Seyyed Morteza Jafari made history at the Grass Skiing World Cup in Dizin, collecting the Iran’s first gold medal in the sport. After winning a silver medal in Super G, he finished in the first place in the giant slalom competitions with a time of 51:09 seconds, followed by Italian Eduardo Frau with 51:78 and Austrian Michael Stocker with 51:98. Slovakian Barbara Mikova won gold medals in Ladies’ Giant Slalom and Ladies’ Super G.
The tournament, that brought together skiers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland and Iran, was organized in Dizin. It is the third time, that this ski resort located in the Alborz mountain range and near the capital Tehran, hosts a Grass Skiing World Cup event.
The World Cup season 2015 got underway on July with giant slalom and slalom competitions in Predklasteri (Czech Republic) before moving to Ravascletto (Italy) for slalom events on 17th and 18th July. The tour stopped in Dizin (Iran) on 6th and 7th August, and Marbachegg (Switzerland) on 15th and 16th August, both for giant slalom and super-G events. The World Cup Finals will be held from 21st-23rd September in Kaprun (Austria).
The two major highlights of the season will be the Junior World Championships in Stitna (Czech Republic) from 28th July-2nd August and the World Championships in Tambre (Italy) from 1st-6th September.
The park, located in the city of Karaj, is around 8 hectares and features one of the most beautiful tulips. Although tulips last only 10 to 15 days you can see flowerbeds all over the place, since it has perennial and also seasonal flowers. There is also a 2500 square meter artificial pond and a lawn maze. The pictures below are from this year’s Tulip Festival at Chamran Park:
Old Volkswagen bug
Flowerbed replica of a carpet made in Tabriz
Karaj is the capital of Karaj County, Alborz Province, is situated 20 kilometers west of Tehran, at the foothills of the Alborz mountains. Its population is 1.61 million (2011), making it the fourth-largest city in Iran.
Among its cultural heritage are the stony fire-temple of Takht-e-Rostam (Parthians and Sassanian eras), as well as the Soleimanieh Palace (currently part of the Agriculture Faculty of University of Tehran), Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, a pre-Islamic bridge and the Mausoleum of Shahzadeh Soleiman.
Karaj has traditionally been considered a tourism area particularly for the people from Tehran since the Alborz Mountains provide beautiful landscapes to this region. The city is also the starting point for a drive along the Chalous road that connects through the Alborz mountains to the city of Chalous at the Caspian Sea. It is one of the most beautiful roads of Iran, though slippery during winter.
A video by Press TV during this year’s Tulip Festival:
Amir Kabir dam, also known as Karaj dam, is a dam in Iran, located 63 kilometres (39 mi) northwest of Tehran and 23 kilometres (14 mi) north of Karaj. Amir kabir Dam was constructed on the Karaj River, and was the first multi-purpose dam in Iran.