Middle East Ski Guide
We have made a summary of the best ski resorts in Middle East and the western part of Asia, if some of our information is outdated or you have a cool picture we can upload please send it to us. As some of the destinations are to be considered to be in a high risk zone it is advisable to check with the embassy and insurance company before your travel.
Dubai Ski Club
Uttaranchal has seen a constant rise in the number of tourists to the state, mainly because of the opportunity it offers for various adventure sports, such as white river rafting, trekking, hang-gliding and skiing. Auli in Uttaranchal is one of the major tourist destinations, famous for its beautiful slopes covered with oak and coniferous trees. It is every skier's dream come true, which is why Adventure Tours of India offers adventure tour booking and adventure tour packages to Auli, in Uttaranchal. Auli is the ideal place for skiing. One can ski on the clean stretches of 10-20 km of snow-covered mountain slopes. Since there are also woods on the slopes, they help reduce the wind velocity, making it better for the skiers. It is a heaven for those who really enjoy this sport. Most of the days, Auli sees war sun in winters so the skiers can make the most of it. There is truly nothing better then to ski down a clear stretch and feel the wind brush against your cheek. That exhilarating feeling is hard to describe and it is exactly what attracts tourists to Auli. Auli is linked to Joshimath with a 3.9 km long cable car. By Motor able road, the distance is about 16 kms. There is another option, that of a 500 meter long chair lift, which links the lower and upper slopes. Ski equipment and snow beaters can be rented. The tourists to Auli can contact the GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) for information on ski packages, lodging, equipment and skiing lessons.
For those who are in Auli for skiing, evenings do not have to be dull and boring. The tourists can relax at Bukhari warmed huts and resorts. They can listen to folk tales or enjoy the local Garhwali music, by the campfire.
Tourists to Auli can enjoy shopping there. One can buy blankets, shawls, woolen caps, and many gift items.
Auli-Getting There & Accommodation
The closest airport for Auli is at Dehradun, the capital of Uttaranchal. The airport is at a distance of 298 kms. The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, about 235 kms from Auli. Frequent buses run for Auli from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Hardwar and Delhi, so road is a good option too. From Joshimath, one can also get to Auli by hired jeeps. For accommodation, comfortable hotels and tourist guest-houses are aplenty in Joshimath, which is 26 kms away from Auli. Most of tehm are quite reasonably priced so you do not need worry too much about finding the suitable accommodation.
Auli-Things to keep in mind
One thing to keep in mind before you take as tour to Auli, is that to ensure that you pack up enough warm clothes. Auli is quite cold so excellent winter wear is a must. You can also keep a first-aid kit since it's a good idea to always carry one on holidays, regardless of the destination. Other things to bring along are a torch/flashlight, good pair of snow boots and dark glasses to protect the eyes. Also pack a couple of extra batteries and a few candles, since the region faces a lot of power cuts.
Pistes: - Summit: 3049 m Toplift: 3049 m Beg: - Int: - Adv: - Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 529 m X-Country: 20 km Lifts: 3 (1 cable car, 1 chair lift, 1 surface lift) Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: 1 Slopeside accom. : - Restaurants: 2 Bars: - Nearest Airport: Dehradun.
More Information about Auli click: Dubai Ski Club/Auli
Accommodations: Hotel booking/India
Gulmarg means "the meadow of flowers' and truly the state is blessed by Mother Nature. Though, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, it also offers many opportunities to adventure seekers. Consider spending your next holidays at Gulmarg, and enjoy skiing, on its high slopes and trekking through its green hills.
Gulmarg is located in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and stands at a height of 2,730 meters above sea level. It is about 57 kms from Srinagar, the capital city. Gulmarg-Tourist Places in and around Gulmarg
There are many places one can visit while on a tour to Gulmarg. You can go to Khilanmarg by pony, which is a famous skiing spot. It also offers a great view of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range.
You can also take a tour to the Alpather Lake, which is a beautiful lake that usually remains frozen till June. The Alpather Lake lies across the Apharwat peak.
You may also pay a visit to the shrine of Baba Reshi, a Muslim mystic saint, while you are on a tour of Gulmarg. Gulmarg-Things to do
Gulamrg is the perfect skiing destination for many adventure seekers. One can hire all the equipment needed, such as skis and sticks, snow boots, mufflers, woolen socks, jackets, goggles, etc here. One can take skiing lessons from ski instructors too.
The time to enjoy skiing in Gulmarg is between November to February. The slopes in Gulmarg vary from 8,700 ft to 10,500 ft.
Though not exactly an adventure sport, Golf is enjoyed as a relaxing activity by many. Gulmarg has the world's highest golf course. Visitors can enjoy golf by obtaining a short-term membership at the Golf Club.
Gulmarg is also the place for enjoying long walks. One can walk through woods, and green hills. You can also check out Nanga Parbat and Haramukh. Gulmarg-Getting There & Accommodation
The closest airport is at Srinagar, 57 kms from Gulmarg. There are regular flights from this airport to all the major cities in the country.
The nearest railway station is at Jammu.
Visitors to Gulmarg need not worry too much about accommodation. There are many hotels and lodges for the tourists. There are hotels available for every kind of budget.
If you are going in the peak season, then it is advisable that you book accommodation prior to your visit to Gulmarg. One can also check out hotels run by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation, which offers reasonably priced accommodation.
While you are in Gulmarg, you can enjoy both vegetarian and Non-vegetarian cuisine. If you eat non -vegetarian, then do try a traditional dish, called Rogan Josh. Gulmarg-Things to keep in mind
Though Gulmarg is more or less safe for tourists, it is advisable that you update yourself with the current law and order situation in the area, before you visit Gulmarg. Gulmarg is very cold, so make sure you carry warm clothes with you, while you tour Gulmarg.
Pistes: - Summit: 4000 m Toplift: 4000 m Beg: - Int: - Adv: - Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 1350 m X-Country: - Lifts: 6 (1 chair lift, 5 surface lifts) Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: 1 Slopeside accom. : - Restaurants: - Bars: - Nearest Airport: Kashmir Lift pass: Cost of a full gondola day pass is 1500 INR; Day pass for Stage 1 (lower gondola) adult 500 INR; Day pass for Stage 2 (upper gondola) adult 1000 INR
More information about Gulmarg: Dubai Ski Club/Ski Himalaya Accommodations: Hotel Booking/India
Ab Ali was the first resort in Iran to install lifts (1332 or 1953). Located 75km east of Tehran, the resort is notably different to other Iranian resorts on account of the non-skiing interests. These are the thermal springs and the Imam-Zade Hashem Holy Shrine. Skiing is from late December to mid-March.
Pistes: - Summit: 2649 m Toplift: 2649 m Beg: - Int: - Adv: - Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 250 m X-Country: - Lifts: 9 (8 surface lifts) Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: 1 Slopeside accom. : - Restaurants: 6 Bars: - Nearest Airport: - Nearest Train : - Info phone : +9821276701 |
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Dizin is the largest ski resort in Iran and is located 123km by road north of Tehran in the Gajereh region. It offers a long season (late November until late May) of high altitude cruising above the tree-line (at 2700m, the base is higher than the summit of most Alpine resorts) and is an important grass-ski centre in summer. Hotels and other sporting facilities are at the resort.
Pistes: 23 Summit: 3599 m Toplift: 3599 m Beg: 50% Int: 40% Adv: 10% Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 950 m X-Country: - Lifts: 13 (2 chair lifts and 8 surface lifts) Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: 3 Slopeside accom. : Y Restaurants: 5 Bars: - Nearest Airport: Tehran.
Shemshak is the second largest ski area in Iran after Dizin and came into operation in 1958. The slopes lay at an altitude of 2550m to 3050m above sea level. The resort includes two main slopes each with a chair lift that apex at the top. There are several lifts. There are, also, lighting facilities for night skiing. Shemshak caters for more advanced skiers, while larger Dizin (71km away, by road) is best for beginners and intermediates. The slopes are quite steep and many of the runs are mogul runs.
Pistes: 8 Summit: 3049 m Toplift: 3049 m Beg: - Int: - Adv: - Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 500 m X-Country: - Lifts: 7 (2 chair lifts, 5 surface lifts) Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: - Slopeside accom. : - Restaurants: 4 Acres of ski: - Bars: - Nearest Airport: Tehran Nearest Train: - Info phone : +9821276701
Tochal ski resort can be reached via a four-mile journey by cable car that leaves from the northern suburbs of Tehran (from Velenjak avenue, 10km from the city). It is one of the longest and cheapest cable cars in the world. At 3963m, Tochal ski resort is the fifth highest resort in the world, ensuring a long season from December to at least April and sometimes June. At the summit of the cable car there are four ski lifts, two of which stop just short of the summit at 12,800 feet, from where there are magnificent views ad Mt Dammavand.
Trails (Pistes): 4 Summit: 3901 m Toplift: 3901 m Beg: - Int: - Adv: - Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 2130 m X-Country: - Lifts: 5 (1 cable car, 2 chair lifts, 2 surface lifts) Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: 1 Slopeside accom. : - Restaurants: 2 Bars: - Nearest Airport: Tehran
More Information about Tochal click: Dubai Ski Club/Tochal
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People always desired to be closer to the sky. The nature in Chimbulak is unique and the direct flows of cosmic energy attract people to feel them and communicate with themselves.
Chimbulak chine is situated within the heights 1600 – 3160 meters. This region is marked by the ancient activity of the glaciers that had been tied with peaks of Shkolnik and Chimbulak as well as Talgar mountain pass. The glaciers have been melted for a long time ago but they left a wide valley.
Favorable natural conditions attract tourists, mountaineers and alpinists because of the fine pistes. In the beginning of 50s, they organized natural landmark for alpinists called by the same Kazakh word "Chimbulak" that translates as «transparent spring-well». At the height of 2300 m a winter sports base "Chimbulak" is situated and it is an important training center for sportsmen-skiers. The winter sports base "Chimbulak" has been working since 1954. Since 50-s, All-Union sports competitions have taken place in Chimbulak.
Today this base is a health resort of the world’s level. There is a hotel "Chimbulak" for 114 places, cafes, summer cafes, cable-railway and bowling club at the Chimbulak.
In comparing with the best pistes in Europe, this one is not worse, but even better in some features. A lot of people of the world came to Chimbulak every winter. But in summer citizens and guests of the South Capital have pleasant rest in the slopes of Chimbulak. Leaving Almaty, they take a good memory about this high-mountain sports resort.
Pistes: 8 Summit: 3163 m Toplift: 3163 m Beg: - Int: - Adv: - Terrain Parks: - Vertical Drop: 943 m X-Country: - Lifts: 5 (4 chair lifts, 1 surface lift) Snowmaking: - Gondolas / Cable Cars: - Slopeside accom. : Y Restaurants: 3 Acres of ski: 99 Bars: 1 Nearest Airport: Almaty More Information about Chimbulak click: Dubai Ski Club/Chimbulak