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The Indian Himalayas provide an excellent skiing experience owing to their great height which makes for long descents. The vast open spaces, snow clad mountains and the height of skiing slopes in India are enough to pump up the adrenaline in any ski enthusiast. India's ski resorts are largely confined to the western half of the Himalayas- in Uttarakhand - high enough to get a good cover of snow during the winter months, yet low enough to be easily accessible.
For the avid skier, cross-country runs of 10-20 km are now available, with the added advantage of fresh powder snow, away from criss-crossing streams of skiers that overtake the slopes of the European Alps. Because of their height and spread, Garhwal, like other sectors of the Himalayas, offers the thrills of exploratory long distance skiing.
The skiing destination: Auli
Auli, in the Garhwal Himalayas, is a favourite skiing destination for many not just because of its beautiful glittering slopes but for the nice, clean environment as well. Located around 250 kms away from Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Auli is a must visit destination if skiing is your passion. The slopes are located at an altitude of almost 2500 to 3000 metres, offering exciting skiing opportunities to both beginners as well as professional skiers.
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. The sheer height and spread of the snow clad mountains, with the added advantage of powdered snow are tempting enough to magnetize the adventurous spirits of the avid skier, providing all the thrill and excitement attached to the game. From January to April, the Auli slopes are usually covered with a thick carpet of snow, about 3 metres deep. The stretch of 3-kms with a drop in elevation of 500m is considered to be a very good skiing ground by international standard.
The region provides immense opportunities for adventure sports like skiing and thrilling water sports which make Auli an ideal venue for adventure seekers. It is a ski touring and cultural paradise, and whatever the weather, you can always get out skiing and riding. Being on this tour lets you enjoy skiing on the slopes of Auli which provide enough thrills to professional skier and novice as well.
In summers you will find numerous marked walks and there are also mountain bike trails. At the backdrop lies the famous high altitude Gorson Reserve forest richly habituated by rare Himalayan wildlife including snow leopard, musk deer, wild boar, wild cat, wild rabbit, jackal, fox, hyena and bear. The climate in summers is extremely pleasant. The deodar and oak trees contribute to natural health spa strongly recommended by for everyone.
It is connected to Joshimath by a 3.5 km long cable car provides an excellent panoramic view of the mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri.
The 6-day Skiing Programme
Slip your feet into heavy skiing boots, clamp them on to the skis and let gravity do the rest. Travel in cruise control down the meandering snow slopes leaving behind you a blazing trail white powder. How does it feel?
The 6-day Skiing course is designed to let you experience the thrills of this sport in a safe environment. We have experienced instructors on board and world class skiing equipment to ensure that you have an amazing learning experience.
During the program you will learn the basics of skiing and get to practise the skills you pick up on slopes of varying gradients. Keep in mind that as a beginner you will fall down a lot while practicing, but don't lose hope. Given proper training and instruction on this sport it is not that difficult to learn.
Our skiing team would ensure that each time you come down, both your confidence and experience increases exponentially. Our team of qualified skiing instructors will ensure that you learn skiing and get hooked on to this marvellous sport.
08.00 am: Breakfast 09.00 am: Briefing by the instructor 09.45: Equipment fitting and check 10.00am to 01.00pm: Skiing Lessons start 1.00pm to 02.30: Lunch break and relaxation 2:30pm to 3.30 pm: Skiing/Sightseeing
Note: You can opt for snow-boarding instead of skiing on a particular day at an additional cost of Rs.1500/- per person. Kindly make and confirm such requests in advance.
Day 1 :- Arrival Auli
Day 2 :- Auli (skiing)
Day 3 :- Learn to stand
Day 4 :- Skiing lessons – runs and turns
Day 5 :- Skiing lessons at advance slopes
Day 6 :- Return to Haridwar
Day 01: Arrival Auli
You will be picked up from Haridwar and after 280 kms drive through the scenic Garhwal Himalayas, you will reach your skiing destination Auli in 7-8 hours. You can relax at the clean and comfortable guest house.
Day 02: Auli (skiing)
After an early breakfast, you will be introduced to our experienced skiing instructors. They will ensure that you learn the basics of skiing during the course. You will slip, slide, fall and bang but have a lot of fun. You will learn ‘walking’ all over again, as doing it on snow with skis is a totally different experience. You will also pick up some key sliding techniques over the beautiful snow clad earth. At the end of an eventful session, the most important thing you will understand is learning from your falls.
Day 03: Learn to stand
Today is same as the previous day, you’ll just fall less, we guess. After a round of instructions, you begin to balance on the skies. You will now be able to stand on the skis and learn to apply breaks on your own. The first few rounds will all be about crash landing at the end of the slope. Mind you, these sessions will also be marked by many fall and recovery incidents.
Day 04: Skiing lessons – runs and turns
It’s the day to move ahead. You learn how to move forward on a gentle slope. You will perfect your parallel turns and snow plough turns. The snowplough turn is a braking and turning skiing technique, usually taught to beginners. The front tips of the skis are brought together and the tails pushed wide apart, with the knees rolled inwards slightly. By applying pressure against the snow with the edges of the skis, speed is reduced and the skier can stop completely.
Day 05: Skiing lessons at advance slopes
Here’s the final day of skiing and your chance to show-off your mastery with the skis. Your instructor will take you to an advance slope. This slope is much longer than the beginner slope, and you will definitely gain a lot of speed while sliding on it. Your instructor will be with you for the entire duration to help you perfect your ski runs. Once perfected, you’ll be honoured with a certificate of appreciation.
Day 06: Return to Haridwar
After an extensive learning programme, you plan your trip back. We’re sure your freshly carved ski lines will be a part of your most cherished memories. And you’ll return to experience ice cold winds running through your hair and powdery snow flakes caressing your face, once again.
1) Choose to wear proper fitting ski boots that will help you keep warm.
2) Don't wear very thick socks or more than one pair, as this will hamper your blood circulation and your feet might become cold again.
3) Wear ski pants instead of jeans or sweatpants.
4) Wear waterproof jackets and gloves.
How to Reach
By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun
By Train :-
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205.
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)
By Road :-
By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar. Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Haridwar to NH58 at Roorkee (35 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi's ISBT Kashmere Gate.