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Skiing

Skiing

 

Skiing is a way of traveling over snow, using skis strapped to one's feet. In modern times it has been mostly an athletic activity. Skis are used in conjunction with boots that connect to the ski with use of a binding. Commonly, ski poles or "stocks" are used to improve balance and timing as well as for propulsion.

Skiing can be grouped into two general categories: Nordic and Alpine. Nordic skiing, the older of the two disciplines, originated in Scandinavia and uses free-heel bindings that attach at the toes of the skier's boots but not at the heels. Types of Nordic skiing include cross-country, ski jumping and Telemark. Alpine skiing (more often called "downhill skiing"), originated in the European Alps, and is characterized by fixed-heel bindings that attach at both the toe and the heel of the skier's boot.

There are different types of skiing, namely Alpine skiing, Freestyle skiing, Nordic skiing, Military skiing, Telemark skiing, Kite skiing, Water skiing, Backcountry skiing, Skijoring, Dry Slope Skiing & Adaptive skiing.

 

Locations

Jammu & Kashmir

Gulmarg

Gulmarg see a huge snowfall on the season and provide limitless powder skiing, you can ski for months in Gulmarg without the dearth of powder and adventure as you can have an option to get more and more way out and desired slop in the region.

Gulmarg slopes are all natural slopes. Among the multitudes of slopes, a few gentle slopes of ski runs ranging from 200 m to 3kms are especially suited for beginners. Ski lifts and chair lifts take skiers up to the top of the ski slopes from where skiers can choose the beginners, intermediate or more advanced slopes.

The best and longest skiing in Gulmarg is accessed by the Gondola Cable Car Lift, which allows a ski run of 2,213 m. Designed by Poma of France, gondola ascends extends almost to the peak of Apharwat, at an elevation of 3980 meters above sea level, providing lift served access to 1330 vertical meters of vast snow riding terrain. Due to the setting-up of Gondola Cable Car Lift from Gulmarg to Apharwat top, Gulmarg holds a position as one of the highest lift-served ski resorts in the world.

The gondola terrain is divided into two sections, i.e. an upper and a lower section. The first section is 2,350 m long and rises 450m vertically from Gulmarg ski resort to slopes at 3300m up the side of Apharwat Mountain.

The second section runs to over 4,000m, just below the peak of Apharwat. From the top station, it will take a 30 minute walk to reach the peak. One can glide from there, in either direction over a couple of kilometers, before descending the mountain's multiple ridges, faces and bowls. The gliding from the northwest direction includes magnificent and consistent advanced slopes to distant parts of the Gulmarg meadow.

The southeast direction provides a total ride of over 1700 vertical meters of serious off-piste terrain. The gliding from gondola's top to mid stations provides a superb array of high alpine slopes for advanced and expert level skiing.

The Poma slopes which are a few hundred meters walk from the gondola, provides an excellent variety of wide open beginner and intermediate practice terrain. The area is the venue for Gulmarg's ski school and race clinics

Heli-skiing is also possible at Gulmarg which is an ultimate winter sports thrill for the adventure sports lover. In heli-skiing, helicopters lift the heli-skiers to the high, snow-covered peak of their choice from where they can ski down the slopes.

Pahalgam

Sledging at some of the frozen Glaciers is also offered by locals. Skiing facilities are as such not offered in Pahalgam, and areas around it. There are some potential spots where basic skiing activities can be organized in future in the winter months, like the slopes of Aru or Baisaran, of even the 'plateau' in Pahalgam. In summers, sledging is popular in Chandanwari.

Of late there is a lot of sledging and skiing activity being organized in Winter months all over Pahalgam. The training programs are organized by Jammu and Kashmir tourism department in collaboration with Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports.

 

Himachal Pradesh

Manali

It is a beautiful hill station which acts as a gateway to the Ladakh valley. Some good ski slopes are located in Solang Valley which is about 14Kms from Manali and skiing can be done from January till February. From March till June skiing can be done in Gulaba, Marhi or Rohtang.

Manali is known for having one of the deepest snowpack’s in the entire Himalaya, and due to our continental climate, snowfalls tend to be of low moisture content. As an added bonus, the potential is vast for terrific, spring corn-snow skiing.

Kufri

Kufri, known for the oldest ski slopes in Himachal Pradesh attracts huge number of adventure - seeking travelers in winters to enjoy skiing and tobogganing along its snow-covered slopes. The tourism and travel department of Himachal Pradesh organizes the National Snow Statue Competition every year in the month of January.

One of the oldest and smallest hill stations of Himachal Pradesh in India, Kufri is associated with skiing and slopes. A famous tourist’s destination for winter-sports, Kufri is located at a distance of 19 km from the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Every year the government of Himachal Pradesh organizes an annual skiing competitions that witness huge number of adventure freak tourists.

Narkanda

About 64 km from Shimla and at an altitude of about 2,470 meters lies Narkanda which is India's oldest Ski-resort. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports during winter and a trekking and adventure destination during Summers.

What gives Narkanda its awe-inspiring view of the snowy peaks is the fact that it is located on the ridge of the last watershed before the Himalayan range.

Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year also hires out equipment, and provides everything from accommodation to transport.

The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Manali also plays a part in skiing at Narkanda: it organizes skiing courses from January.

It has a choice of slopes ranging from a beginners run and slalom slope, to sharper descents for the experienced skier.

Solang

Solang valley, located about 13 kms northwest of Manali at an altitude of around 8000 feet, is one of the most spectacular ski slopes in the western Himalayas. Popularly known as 'snow point', the valley has an extensive view of glaciers and snowcapped mountains and peaks. For the beginners, Solang is an ideal skiing spot with introductory slopes and ski lifts. Its ski slopes, a paradise for skiers offers unexpected excitement with smooth-curved ridges and gentle gradients. Cross- country skiing is also practiced here. There are options for a Moderate  

skier/ snowboarder to be driven up the slopes on four wheel drive jeeps accompanied by guides. The best season for skiing here is from January to March. There are skiing/ snowboard packages available on daily or weekly basis. The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali is one of the premier institutions for skiing in the Himalayas.

Solang is the venue of national level skiing competitions and the major attraction is the Winter Carnival held around the middle of February. The Winter Games are organized by Himachal Pradesh Government through the training institutes in collaboration with the Indian Olympic Association and the Winter Games Federation of India.

 

Uttarakhand

Auli

Auli Located at an altitude of 2500 - 3050 mtrs above sea level, offering a panoramic view of Mt.Nanda DeviKamet, Mana Parwat, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Nar Parbat,is an ideal place for Skiing, covered with evergreen conifers and oak forest. The potential of snow dressed slopes of Auli, once the training grounds for the Paramilitary forces was adjudged by the French and Austrian experts who compared it with the best skiing grounds of the world, and rated it as one of the best. In summers Hikers/ Trekkers will find numerous marked walks and there are also mountain bike trails at the backdrop of the resort lies the famous high altitude Gorson Reserve forest (part of Nanda Devi National Park ) richly habituated by rare Himalayan wildlife including snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Cat, Wild Rabbit, Jackal, Fox, Hyena and Beer. There are various scenic locations around.

The climate in summers is extremely pleasant and air from the deodar and oak trees contribute to natural health spa strongly recommended by Physicians/ Naturopaths/ Therapists

Auli is today a promising ski spot, a perfect health resort and an ideal vacation resort, both for the winters and summers. Breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks all around you.

Munsiyari

Munsiyari is located at a distance of 66 kms. from Jauljibi and 127 kms. from Pithoragarh via Thal. Munsiyari is the middle as well as the gateway of the Johar region. Munsiyari is the base of treks to Milam, Namik and Ralam glaciers. Khalia Top and Betulidhar are two high altitude places that offer outstanding conditions for skiing.

Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal in the local language means "high altitude meadow". The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari a place on Uttarkashi - Gangotri road about 28 km from Uttarkashi. Vehicles can go up to the village of Raithal from where one has to trek a distance of about 8 km to reach Dayara and other route is via village Barsu, 10 km from Bhatwari, from where one has to trek about 6 km to Dayara Bugyal.

Situated at an elevation of about 3048 m, this vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty. During winter it provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq km. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from here is breathtaking. Presently accommodation is available at Raithal and some villager's huts may also be used by professional skiers.

Mundali

It has an unforgettable view of the snow-capped Himalayas. Mundali is situated in the district of Dehradun, 129 km away from Chakrata. From Chakrata to Mundali a 36 km unmettled jeepable road links via Kandaband, Kathiyan and Dharagarh. Tiuni to Dharagarh is 49 km unmettled. Mundali is 2.5 km trek from Dharagarh and is surrounded by blossoming green forests. This place has vast Ski slopes on which professionals enjoy skiing.

Pithoragarh

High altitude inviting mountain valleys and meadows, gentle slopes and mind blowing surroundings, Pithoragarh is an ideal spot for many adventurous sports activities. Especially it is perfectly ideal for skiing. There are many spots in Pithoragarh perfectly ideal for skiing. The regions witness vibrant skiing activities in seasons. Betuli Dhar is one among most attractive ski slopes in Pithoragarh. Chiplakot placed at an altitude of about 3090 m is another location attracted by many skiing enthusiasts. Other skiing destinations in Pithoragarh include Khalia Top, an alpine meadow in a natural setting for breathtaking skiing activities.

 

Sikkim

Lachung

Lachung in India is suitable for families, couples and kids / children. The ski school at Lachung caters for all levels of skiing, from beginner to intermediate to advanced skiers. Most India ski resorts can also provide ski school for kids and children. There are several types of accommodation at the Lachung ski resort ranging from self-catering apartments to ski hotels to fully catered ski chalets. Lachung is also well situated for a range of summer activities like, walking, mountain biking, golf, climbing, and relaxing.

The vast majority of ski resorts in India offer ski hire, snowboard hire and some even hire ski clothing. The price of a ski pass at Lachung in India varies – expect to pay more for a week long ski pass for all parts of the mountain as opposed to smaller sections and fewer days.

Yumthang

Yumthang is located in North Sikkim, 150 kilometers from the capital city of Gangtok, about 3575 meters above sea level. The place is sparsely populated, perhaps this lack of population accounts for the pristine beauty of Yumthang. It is surrounded by bestriding mountains which seems to fade into the heaven. The most interesting part about Yumthang in Sikkim is that it changes its look with the change of seasons. During the winter, the entire valley remains snow covered and during spring and summer, a riot of colors thrills the eyes of the beholder. So, from November to March, Yumthang is all white and a perfect site for trekking and skiing.


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