The drive to Dizin is about two hours from the city. There is usually enough snow well into the spring to attract avid skiers throughout the week and crowds of youth and families at week’s end. Iranians who can afford the sport usually begin skiing at an early age and by the time they are in their teens, skiing on weekends is a staple activity.

The slopes are usually packed with young men and women, mixing freely and playfully bumping into each other. The restaurant atop the mountain serves pizza, sausages, hamburgers, tea, and soft drinks and is the main hangout for fashionable Tehranis who lay on the snow, socialize, and show off their Killer Loop, Burton, and Salomon snow gear.

Because of the altitudinous available in Iran and how close it is to major city airport and facilities, makes Iran the Middle best-kept secret.

The place hosts thousands of powder junkies annually — both locals and foreigners alike — starting around the middle of every fall, when the gorgeous high-elevation resort’s extraordinarily lengthy ski season kicks off.

Dizin’s ski season runs from late November until late May — nearly an NHL season’s worth of snow to enjoy. The reason? The base sits 9,000 feet above sea level (making it one of the 40 highest in the world, dwarfing many Alpine resorts) with lifts running as high at 12,000 feet. Where better to keep tabs on Iran’s uranium enrichment below, I ask you?

Dizin’s 20 lifts and 15 pistes (most of which are empty during the week) run the gamut, from friendly green circles to A-hole double black diamonds. Overall, however, the place skews difficult, given the tremendous 3,000-foot vertical drop. For even crazier runs, head to the nearby Shemshak ski area, nine miles from Dizin.

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