Tochal Ski Resort
Tochal resort is located on the Alborz mountain range, named after the area its located in, Tochal mountains. It’s located inside Tehran and in the north of the capital, which is part of the Tochal Complex. This resort is considered to be one of the most standard and well-known ski resorts in Iran.
Before we continue talking about Tochal, please bear with us while we give a very brief introduction on Tochal itself.
Tochal is the mountain on the Alborz mountains range and includes a 12 kilometers long ridge. Tochal peak is the highest point of this mountain, with an altitude of 3933 meters. Tochal has one of the longest Gondola lifts in the world, as it’s 7500-meters long, connecting Tehran to a height, as high as Tochal ski resort. The project of Tochal Telecabin (Gondola Lift) started in 1974, carried out by Bahman Batmanqilich, in partnership with the French company of Poma and the Austrian company of DoppelMayr.
It consists of 4 stations and here are their elevations from sea level:
• Station 1: 1900 m
• Station 2: 2400m
• Station 5: 2935 m
• Station 7: 3740 m
Tochal hotel was founded in 2003 in the 7th Gondola station and is said to be one of the highest hotels in the world, 3550 meters above sea level and with views of mountainous beauty.
The main ski slopes are located in station 7 and consist of three separate slopes.
Peak: This slope starts from the hill of Tochal Peak, starting from 3850 meters, and ends at 3550 meters where the hotel is located. This slope is 1200 meters long. It’s equipped with a Doppelmayr chairlift and Tele-ski. Due to the height of this slope which is more than 3500 meters above sea level, similar to Alvares Ski Resort in Sabalan, Azerbaijan, Iran, the slopes are covered with snow for more than 8 months in a year and is open for skiing. Half pipe is also used on these slopes.
• Western foothill: This slope is located on the western foothill, with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. It’s 900 meters long, peaking at 3750 meters, and Tochal hotel as the lowest point, which is 3550 meters.• Slope from 7th station to 5th station: This slope is 5500- meters long. The highest point is 3750 meters and ends at a point in the 5th station, at the height of 2940 meters. Due to being newly opened It has not yet been facilitated with any types of lifts.
Tochal ski resort has 3 Doppelmayr chairlifts, and two of them are almost always open. The 3rd chairlift is related to the western peak.
The resort is equipped with snowmelt machines that prepare the slopes for the skiers. During foggy and even slightly stormy days the slopes might be closed for safety reasons.
People who do not have hotel reservations and intend to go back down, have time limitation in using the chairlifts, which is until 3 p.m.